Wyoming got a late recruiting surprise this weekend. The Cowboys had a scholarship available since DB Dylan Muscat did not end up signing. Scout's Brandon Huffman was the first to break the news.
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After committing to Louisiana Tech as a greyshirt, 2012 Camarillo (Calif.) receiver Jake Maulhardt signed with Wyoming this week...
Jake Maulhardt is a 6-7 WR with a very interesting recruiting tale. He originally committed to Boise State after his junior year. Then when Boise OC Brent Pease left for Florida, so did the offer for Maulhardt. Maulhardt didn't sign anywhere on signing day and instead opted for a grayshirt with Louisiana Tech earlier this month. He had a friend who was a QB at Tech who transferred and Maulhardt decided to take a scholarship offer from the Cowboys. He will be able to enroll this fall and will eligible to play right away, as opposed to waiting till January with Louisiana Tech.
Not only is Maulhardt a huge mismatch for defenders by standing 6-7. He also has great hands and put up monster numbers his senior year. On the year he finished with 119 catches for 1,684 yards and 15 touchdowns. He also set a California state record with 28 catches in one game. In that single game he had 28 receptions for 351 yards and three touchdowns.
Maulhardt was not rated by Rivals but Scout gave him a three star rating. His strengths are: hands and concentration, route running and size. His areas for improvement were: elusiveness with catch and speed. Standing 6-7 means you have longer levers which will make it take longer to get up to full speed and tougher to hit a very high speed. For someone his size, I've impressed with the quickness and agility that Maulhardt shows. His hands are tremendous and is able to bring down catches that most players can't reach.
I look forward to him providing a huge headache to opposing secondaries for the next four years.
Here are some of his senior season highlights below. Afterwards is footage of all 28 record breaking catches.