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Wyoming Recruiting: One week till National Signing Day

 

It looks like the Wyoming Cowboys have their recruiting class fairly well set with a week to spare.  The Cowboys are sitting at the maximum of 25 commitments already is uncommon for this program.  There may be one more defensive back to join the recruiting class but then one athlete would grey shirt.  Grey shirts must pay their own way for the first year at school before going on scholarship.  

For previous stories and videos of the current commits check out our Recruiting Section Index.

Several players are already enrolled at Wyoming since they graduated early or completed their JUCO classes.  The athletes already enrolled are:

  • S Luke Anderson from Blinn College/Brenham,Texas.Two Stars
  • LB Alex Borgs from Dusseldorf, Germany. Two Stars
  • LB Korey Jones from Garden City CC/Garden City, KS. Three Stars
  • DE Miraldo Michel from Ellsworth CC/Iowa Falls, IA Three Stars
  • S Mark Nzeocha from Neuzitz, Germany. Three Stars
  • QB Brett Smith from Salem HS/Salem, OR. Two Stars

There is plenty to like from all these players and they will all have a chance to participate in spring practice which starts in March.  The Cowboys did sign one more JUCO offensive linemen named Zach Rushing who has to complete one more class and then will enroll in the Fall.

Wyoming had plenty of depth at LB but they liked Korey Jones so much they brought in the JC player and moved Ghaali Muhammad to RB in order to open up a starting spot.  Though he played his college ball in Kansas he is originally from Fort Collins.

Both starting safety positions are open with the graduation of Chris Prosinski and Shamiel Gary transferring.  Anderson will have his chance to compete for the those spots this Spring along with Mark Nzeocha.  Nzeocha and Alex Borgs are both from Germany and so the extra semester will help get them used to campus and the football training program.  They are the second and third German players to enroll at Wyoming after Oliver Schober came in 2010. Borgs and Nzeocha will both have four years of eligibility at Wyoming.

The defensive line was a spot of weakness for the Pokes all last year but reports have Miraldo Michel as a beast.  I don't know if he'll be able to unseat Seniors Gabe Knapton or Josh Biezuns but he should be to provide some quality depth at the defensive end position.   

Brett Smith is the lone high school player to graduate early in order to attend Wyoming.  With the departure of Austyn Carta-Samuels this gives Smith a shot at starting right away.  Smith will share reps with Emory Miller this spring at QB in what will be the most watch position battle.  The Pokes have another QB recruit in Adam Pittser but he won't enroll until the Fall.

We'll be waiting to hope the next week goes smoothly and no recruits get go elsewhere between now and then.  Last year the Pokes had a recruit LB Greg Barksdale change his mind and attend Northern Illinois which was closer to his Chicago area home.  There haven't been any hints of recruits wavering on their decisions but you never know what can happen with eighteen year old athletes.