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Can Wyoming Football Land Local Talent In 2013?

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The Cowboy State suddenly becomes a recruiting battleground.


In most years the State of Wyoming is lucky to produce one high school football player that lands an FBS offer. Typically a couple of the top preps will end up at FCS programs. Wyoming is usually able to land the top talent in the 307 without much of a challenge.

2013 is a whole different beast. Not only are there multiple players who may land at FBS programs it actually will be a huge upset for Wyoming to land some of the recruits.

The majority of the buzz is around Taven Bryan who plays for Natrona County HS in Casper. The 6'5 250lb Bryan is an athletic and versatile player who has garnered attention from some of the top programs in the country. With his size and weight and 4.8 40 yard dash Bryan could play at multiple positions and that increased his number of offers. Some view him as an offensive linemen while others project as a defensive end. Wyoming is actually recruiting him as tight end.

Here is a sample of the programs who have already offered: Oregon, Florida, Tennessee, Washington, Cal and Nebraska. According to Rivals a total of 10 schools have offered including Wyoming. The Cowboys have been pulling out all the stops while recruiting Bryan. Obviously the being the home state program will provide a leg up but will be enough to overcome the draw of a premier BCS program?

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Gillette QB Austin Fort is a 6'4 210 dual threat who has garnered interest from Illinois and Wyoming. He has taken visits this spring to both Laramie and Champaign-Urbana. Fort is originally from Orlando, FL and moved prior to his junior year. With his size and versatility there could be some more interest coming soon. Check out some video highlights.

Another Natrona County product is OL Connor True. The 6'4 235lb guard currently has interest from Wyoming and South Dakota and should certainly benefit from playing on the same line as Taven Bryan. True was able to visit Wyoming during the spring game earlier this month.

There is also a tight end prospect of Hanna, WY named Quade Palm. The 6'6 240 Palm is fairly new to football but offers the size and stature that coaches are looking for in a tight end. Currently he has some interest from Wyoming.

It will be an interesting summer to see what offers are made and if any of these recruits decide they are ready to commit. If the Cowboys can land some of the top recruits it will be a huge coup for the Pokes who aren't used to defending their home turf.