2014 Wyoming Cowboy Football Recruiting Class

Troy Babbitt-USA TODAY Sports

Coach Craig Bohl and staff wrap up their first recruiting class in Laramie.

One of the most anticipated days of the year for any college football program is National Signing Day, and on Wednesday the University of Wyoming will announce the signing of 22 student-athletes as new members of the Cowboy Football program.

Head coach Craig Bohl will announce his first recruiting class at Wyoming in a 3:00 PM MT Wednesday afternoon press conference.  Of the 22 signees that will be announced, 3 of them signed at mid-year.  2 were from junior college's and 1 was from the high school ranks.

Broken down by State there were 3 from Arizona, 3 from California,  2 from Colorado, 4 from Florida, 1 from Idaho, 1 from Illinois, 2 from Iowa, 3 from Missouri, 1 from New York, 1 from Tennessee, and 1 from Wyoming.

I will update this page when there are new developments with signees throughout the day.

Signees

OL Richard Bettencourt - 6'3", 290-pounds, Meridian, Idaho (Meridian HSHudl Highlights

Bettencourt chose Wyoming over a offer from Weber State clear back on the 3rd of October and was the second commit of the class.  Boise State, Idaho, Utah State, Oregon State and California also recruited him.  Bettencourt looks to be either a guard or center at the next level.  He is already graduated from high school, is on campus and will participate in spring ball.

LB Alex Bush - 6'2", 220-pounds, La Habra, California (La Habra HSHudl Highlights

Bush was the Freeway League Defensive Player of the Year this past season at La Habra.  He selected Wyoming over a offer from Iowa State on Saturday the 18th of January while on his official visit.

ESPN lists Bush as running the 40-yard-dash in 5.08 seconds, a 20-yard shuttle in 4.65 seconds and having a vertical jump of 26.8 inches.

DE Conner Cain - 6'4", 250-pounds, Littleton, Colorado (Heritage HSHudl Highlights

Cain picked Wyoming over offers from the likes of Eastern Washington, Montana, Northern Colorado and South Dakota State. He had made a verbal commitment to Eastern Washington before flipping to Wyoming during the official visit weekend of January 17th.

He is a candidate to possibly move inside to become a 3-Tech defensive tackle but enters the football program as a defensive end.

Cain runs his 40-yard-dash in 4.8 seconds, vertical jump of 33 inches and squats 400-pounds.

OL Ryan Cummings - 6'6", 310-pounds, Highlands Ranch, Colorado (Valor Christian HSHudl Highlights

Cummings chose Wyoming over scholarship offers from Indiana State and South Dakota State. He was also being recruited by Colorado, Colorado State and Washington State after helping Valor Christian to a one-loss season and State Class 5A title in Colorado.  He was recruited to play offensive guard at Wyoming.

Cummings squats 500-pounds, a 375-pound bench press and a vertical jump of 28 inches.

RB Nico Evans - 5'9", 177-pounds, Los Angeles, California (Loyola HSHudl Highlights

Evans was considered the top running back in the Sierra League this past season after rushing for over 1,600 yards and being named to the Pac-5 Division All-CIF football team.

He picked Wyoming, over a offer from Ivy League Penn and was being recruited by San Diego State, San Jose State, Fresno State, and Boise State.

Evans runs his 40-yard-dash in 4.69 seconds, 20-yard shuttle in 4.4 seconds, has a vertical jump of 34.4 inches and runs a 10.88 second 100-meter-dash.

QB Austin Fort - 6'4",  210-pounds, Gillette, Wyoming (Campbell County HSHudl Highlights

Fort was the first verbal for Wyoming's 2014 class, committing in early June.  Outside of the Cowboys, he was being recruited by Central Florida, New Mexico State, Colorado, Colorado State and Illinois, which he visited in April.

Fort runs the 40-yard-dash in 4.6 seconds.

RB Brian Hill - 6'2", 210-pounds, Belleville, Illinois (Belleville West HSHudl Highlights

Hill chose Wyoming over offers from Northern Illinois, Eastern Michigan, Georgia State and North Dakota State. He visited Laramie on the weekend of January 17th.  He visited Northern Illinois on the 24th.

As a senior Hill ran for 778 yards and 23 touchdowns, had 332 receiving yards and threw for 110 yards. Defensively, he had 60 tackles, two quarterback sacks and three interceptions.

He runs the 40-yard-dash in 4.34 seconds, his 20-yard shuttle is 4.24 seconds, has a 40-inch vertical jump, bench presses 245-pounds and squats 405-pounds.

TE Jacob Hollister - 6'4", 230-pounds, Yuma, Arizona (Arizona Western CCHudl Highlights

Hollister chose Wyoming over offers from Troy, Sacramento State, UC-Davis, Eastern Washington, and New Mexico State.  Out of high school, Hollister and his twin brother Cody, were preferred walk-ons at Nevada and red-shirted a year before transferring to Arizona Western CC.  He was a wide receiver in high school but became a tight end at the junior college when asked to make the move.

Cody signed with Arkansas.  Jacob is already signed, in Laramie and will participate in spring ball.

He runs the 40-yard-dash in 4.6 seconds, bench presses 290-pounds and squats 450-pounds.

DE John Jackson Jr. - 6'4",  265-pounds, Tucson, Arizona (Canyon del Oro HSHudl Highlights

Jackson committed to Wyoming over offers from San Diego State, New Mexico State, Northern Arizona, Portland State, Montana State, and North Dakota State.  He officially visited San Diego State on December 13th, New Mexico State on January 17th and Wyoming on the 24th of January.  He was named All-State, All-Southern Arizona First Team, and All-Conference First Team.

He runs the 40-yard-dash in 4.8 seconds, his 20-yard shuttle is 4.6 seconds, has a vertical jump of 34 inches, bench presses 305-pounds and squats 500-pounds.

CB Cornelius "CJ" Jennings - 5'11", 180-pounds, Orlando, Florida (Jones HSHudl Highlights

Jennings chose Wyoming over offers from Georgia Tech, Tulane, Charlotte, Illinois State, North Dakota State and others.  He visited Wyoming officially on the weekend of the 24th of January.

Could play either corner back or safety for the Cowboys.

He runs the 40-yard-dash in 4.5 seconds and his vertical jump is 30-inches.

TE Brinkley Jolly - 6'5", 230-pounds, Liberty, Missouri (North HSHudl Highlights

Brinkley selected Wyoming over D-II National Champions Northwest Missouri State and heavy interest from Iowa where he had visited.  He committed on his official visit during the weekend of the 24th in January.

He runs the 40-yard-dash in 4.82 seconds and has a vertical jump of 27 inches.

TE Grant Lewis - 6'5",  225-pounds, Memphis, Tennessee (White Station HSHudl Highlights

Lewis selected Wyoming over offers from Furman, Tennessee Tech, UT-Martin and Bethel (TN).  He was a late bloomer that had moved to tight end for his senior season and did not have film out until after the season was completed.  He visited Wyoming officially on the weekend of the 24th in January.

He runs a forty-yard-dash in 4.76 seconds and has a vertical jump of 32 inches.

TE Tyree Mayfield - 6'4", 220-pounds, St. Joseph, Missouri (Central HSHudl Highlights

Mayfield had been a Illinois State verbal until he took his visit on the weekend of the 24th of January to Wyoming.  He chose Wyoming over offers from Illinois State, Toledo, North Dakota State, South Dakota, Southern Illinois, and Western Illinois.  He also had interest from Kansas State and Nebraska.

Mayfield ran his 40-yard-dash in 4.62 seconds, his 20-yard shuttle in 4.1 seconds, had a vertical jump of 29 inches, bench pressed 315-pounds and his squat was 415-pounds.

DT Sidney Malauulu - 6'3", 285-pounds, Sierra Vista, Arizona (Buena HSHudl Highlights

Malauulu committed to Wyoming over a offer from North Dakota State. He had also received some interest from in-state Pac-12 school Arizona State.  He committed on Friday the 17th of January while on his official visit in Laramie.

Sidney is most likely a 1-Tech nose guard for the Cowboys.

The powerful defensive tackle squats 405-pounds, bench presses 370-pounds, has a 28-inch vertical and runs the 40-yard-dash in 5.09 seconds.

CB Chavez Pownell - 5'11", 195-pounds, Tampa, Florida (Jefferson)  Hudl Highlights

Pownell selected the Cowboys over North Carolina A&T and Illinois State.  Other offers were Youngstown State, Charleston Southern, Eastern Illinois and Southern Illinois.  He visited Laramie officially on the 24th of January.

Pownell is a bigger corner that could probably see a future at safety as well.

He runs his 40-yard-dash in 4.54 seconds, bench presses 275-pounds and squats 380-pounds.

CB Robert Priester - 5'9", 165-pounds, Tampa, Florida (Robinson HSHudl Highlights

Priester committed to Wyoming over offers from Utah State and Ball State.  He visited Utah State on the weekend of the 24th and Wyoming on the weekend of the 31st of January.

He is a speedster that could play on both sides of the ball but is being looked at mostly as a corner back, nickel back and return man.

He runs his 40-yard-dash in 4.5 seconds, runs a 100-meter-dash in 10.9 seconds, bench presses 245-pounds and squats 315-pounds.

QB Nick Smith - 6'4", 215-pounds, Merritt Island, Florida (Merritt Island HSHudl Highlights

Smith picked Wyoming over offers from Buffalo, Florida International and Marshall.  He visited Wyoming officially on the weekend of the 24th of January.

His grandfather, Bob Stransky, played for the University of Colorado, as well as the Denver Broncos. He also has a cousin who has walked-on to Colorado State in Callin Hecker.

He runs the 40-yard-dash in 4.7 seconds, has a vertical jump of 30 inches, bench presses 265-pounds and squats 385-pounds.

DE Joshua Stanton - 6'3", 255-pounds, Valencia, California (Valencia HSHudl Highlights

Joshua will be the second Stanton to be playing for the Cowboys, with his brother Jordan already on roster.  He selected Wyoming over an offer from Texas State and was picking up interest from Colorado, Colorado State, Utah State, Utah and San Jose State.

He was the third verbal for the Cowboys and committed by in early November. He visited officially on the weekend of the 17th of January.

OL Cole Turner - 6'4", 285-pounds, Cedar Rapids, Iowa (Xavier HSHudl Highlights

Turner picked the Cowboys over offers from Illinois State, Northern Colorado, South Dakota State and Western Illinois right before Christmas.  He officially visited Laramie along with his high school teammate, Daniel Vega, on the 17th of January.

He will most likely play offensive guard at Wyoming.

He runs the 40-yard-dash in 5.0 seconds, bench presses 295-pounds and squats 635-pounds.

DE Daniel Vega - 6'4", 260-pounds, Cedar Rapids, Iowa (Xavier HSHudl Highlights

Vega committed to Wyoming over offers from Illinois State, North Dakota State, North Dakota, South Dakota, South Dakota State, and Western Illinois.  Iowa and Iowa State also should plenty of interest.  He was committed to Illinois State before getting his Wyoming offer and taking a visit on the weekend of the 17th of January along with his high school teammate Cole Turner.

Vega is able to play multiple positions for the Cowboys but most likely either at defensive end or moved inside as a 3-Tech defensive tackle.  He even played a fair amount of linebacker in high school.

CB Ryon’e Winters - 6'0", 185-pounds, Grandview, Missouri (Grandview HSHudl Highlights

Winters chose Wyoming over offers from North Dakota State, Illinois State, Missouri State, South Dakota, South Dakota State, Southern Illinois and Western Illinois.  He had committed to North Dakota State on the weekend of the 17th of January but still took his visit to Wyoming on the 24th.  He flipped that weekend to Wyoming.

He runs a 40-yard-dash in 4.4 seconds, his 20-yard shuttle is 3.9 seconds, he has a vertical jump of 38 inches, bench presses 250-pounds and squats 450-pounds.

QB Aaron Young - 6'3", 210-pounds, Brooklyn, New York (ASA CCHudl Highlights

After the departure of Brett Smith to the NFL draft and the transfer of Jason Thompson to Utah, the Cowboys desperately needed a mid-year junior college player to come in this spring to compete for the starting quarterback job.  Young happened to be the perfect fit for the Cowboys and was quickly snatched up.

Originally from Sacramento, California, Young made his way to Brooklyn, New York to chase his dream of playing D-1 football after high school.  He is a mid-year prospect that played in a Pro-Style offense and wanted to be a Cowboy.  He is signed, on campus and will participate in spring ball.

Young threw for 1,803 yards with 22 touchdowns and only three interceptions in his lone season at ASA College.

He runs a 40-yard-dash in 4.85 seconds, his 20-yard shuttle is 4.53 seconds and his vertical jump is 27 inches.

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