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Expect Another Slow Start For Wyoming Football Recruiting

Don't let the title of this article mislead you now.  The commitments for Wyoming football may be slow to come in this year.  However that does not mean that the Cowboy coaching staff is not busting their butts on trying to bring in quality players.  The current list of verbal commitments to Wyoming sits at a big fat zero.  That is familiar territory for Wyoming recruiting so no need to enter panic mode. 

Last year the Pokes didn't receive their first commitment till 5/31 and it came from DB Chad Reese.  The year before Wyoming landed DE Sonny Puletasi on 4/31/09 and Sam Stratton on 6/2/11.  While we are in the middle of the time frame there haven't been any indications of Wyoming recruits ready to made a decision yet.

The fact that the Pokes have been slow in getting commitments the last couple years is a result of the staff going after higher profile athletes that are heavily recruited by larger schools.  Patience was a virtue last year for Wyoming as they picked up plenty of talented players late in 2010 and landed their two highest ever rated recruits in QB Adam Pittser and DE Eddie Yarbrough.

So it make a few more weeks before the 2012 class officially gets it first member, the level of talent that is brought in should be well worth the wait.  There are a number of key spots that Wyoming is attempting to address early on with this recruiting class.

Early on Wyoming extended offers to a number of running backs since they need to build some depth at that position.  In 2012 Alvester Alexander and Ghaali Muhammad will both be seniors so it will be important to bring in a freshman RB early.  The top target appears to be KeiVarae Russell out of Coach Christensen's hometown of Everett, WA.  The four star 6-0 170lb all purpose back already has double digit offers from schools including: Boise State, Notre Dame and nearly the entire PAC 12.

The next area that Wyoming is targeting is right in the trenches.  It seems like you can never have enough offensive linemen and the Pokes always seem to be running low.  Another four to five offensive linemen could be signed for this class.  The recruit with the best name has to go to 6-3 270 Isaac Hayes of Mendota Heights, MN.  The big man has some nice highlights and offers from Minnesota, Boise State and Virginia Tech.  His brother is soon to be a DT at Stanford.

Last year the Pokes didn't really address the defensive line but that will be a different story in 2012.  The Cowboys are losing both starting defensive ends this year and their defensive tackles will be mainly upperclassmen in 2012.  Donald Hopkins from Lago Vista, TX is a solid DT who also holds from Army, SMU and Wake Forest.  Expect more beef to be brought in this season.

You can always expect Wyoming to try and sign one QB per class to create some depth at the position and keep it spread out evenly.  The top target is Preston Dewey from Austin, TX. The 6-3 205lb Dewey is a pro-style quarterback that has attended some high level events like Elite 11 and been named an Under Armour All American.  This has led to plenty of attention for Dewey including offers from: Miami (FL), UCLA, and Utah.  Here are some highlights from his junior season.    

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When taking a look at where Wyoming is recruiting geographically there are a number of familiar states that pop up: Texas, Colorado and Illinois.  The coaches have had success lately in Washington state and are hitting the Pacific NW even harder this year.  They are also going after Arizona as well after finding long snapper Zach Ewan there last year.