Wyoming was able to land a couple early signees despite the recent coaching change. There is still plenty of work to be done on the recruiting front, grabbing these two is a good start. Any player that signs in December can enroll early and thus take advantage of spring practice and a jump on academics.
The first player to sign was OL Richard Bettencourt from Meridian, ID. He graduated early in order to get a jump start on his career at Wyoming. Despite the coaching change, Betterncourt was steadfast in his commitment to the Cowboys. The 6-3 228lb linemen is rated two stars by Rivals.
Officially signed as a Wyoming Cowboy today! So excited for my future with that program! Thanks for all the support! pic.twitter.com/2qax03x0Cw— Richard Bettencourt (@rdubb56) December 19, 2013
With the new offensive coming with Bohl there will be an added emphasis on use of the fullback and the tight end. Neither of those positions were utilized very often in Christensen's scheme. Wyoming was able to quickly offer and gain the commitment of TE Jacob Hollister from Arizona Western CC. The 6'4 230lb redshirt freshmen was only offered earlier this month.
Hollister appeared in 10 games for the Matadors this season, catching 10 passes for 96 yards and one touchdown. Arizona Western doesn't utilize the tight end very much in the passing game. Interestingly enough their top target was Jacob's twin brother Cody who is a WR and headed to Arkansas next year.
Originally from Bend, OR, Jacob was a dual threat quarterback in high school. At 6-3 200lbs he added some extra weight in making the transition to tight end. The great hands and mobility of a dual threat QB is great combination to bring to the tight end position. Check out of some his video highlights from this season.
There have been numerous reports coming out from Wyoming offering lots of new players. It should be a very exciting January in the recruiting department.