After the loss to Texas State, Coach Christensen said that he and other coaches were not going to leave town on recruiting trips. He said the focus needed to be on working with the kids already in the program. That didn't mean that recruiting wasn't happening though.
Last week the Cowboys recruiting efforts in the state of Idaho paid off. 6-3 290lb OL Richard Betterncourt gave his verbal commitment to the Pokes. The versatile Bettencourt can play at either the guard or center position on the offense line. His only other reported offer was Weber State.
Bettencourt certainly seems to be very comfortable with the Cowboys and the atmosphere in Laramie.
I just thought it was a good fit. I feel welcome there already and I haven’t even spent that much time there. I visited once," Bettencourt said. "The way the coaching staff treats me, they call me every week, they send me letters. I just feel like a part of the family already."
A bonus that is certainly going to help his environment is that fact that Bettencourt plans on graduating this semester and enrolling at Wyoming in January. Those athletes that have enrolled early in recent years have certainly benefited from that extra experience.
Idaho is not usually a state that Wyoming focuses on very often when it comes to recruiting. They will produce a few quality recruits but they are quickly gobbled up by Boise State or other major programs. Rivals currently lists 10 different prospects in their database for 2014. Half of them have already committed: three are heading to Washington and two to Boise State. Rivals has not yet rated Bettencourt but Scout has given him a two star rating already.
Glad to see the Pokes find some talent in a new state and also an early enrollee. I feel like October will be a good month for the Pokes in the recruiting department. Check out his junior season highlights below.