Wyoming left the 2013 football season with their two top quarterbacks still on roster. Sure there was the possibility of losing junior Brett Smith to the NFL Draft, but most assumed the worst case scenario was redshirt sophomore Jason Thompson taking over with three years of eligibility remaining to play.
New Wyoming head coach Craig Bohl and quarterback coach/offensive coordinator Brent Vigen visited both quarterbacks during the winter break at their homes in Oregon and Washington respectively. Smith has stated he really enjoyed his brief time getting to know both coaches, but in the long run his desire to fulfill his childhood dream of playing in the NFL was to strong. As for Thompson, it seems he had made up his mind to depart Laramie before the new coaching staff had arrived. He chose to follow ex-Wyoming head coach Dave Christensen to Utah, where he had some cousins that played for the Utes as well.
This left the new coaching staff no choice but to scramble for a mid-year Junior College quarterback. This is where ASA (NY) College of Brooklyn quarterback Aaron Young came into the picture.
The 6'3", 210-pound Young hails originally from Sacramento, California. Due to only starting his senior year of high school, he was overlooked by most colleges and received no FBS offers.
Young now carries the chip on his shoulder of being overlooked by such California Mountain West schools like Fresno State, San Diego State, and San Jose State.
The lack of options out of high school left Young no choice but to travel all the way across the country to Brooklyn, New York to chase his dreams of getting a scholarship to play Division 1 football. In his one year of Juco football, Young threw for 1803 yards and 22 touchdowns and just three interceptions. Those quality numbers, a 4.0 GPA, the ability to be a mid-year graduate, and coming from a Pro-Style offense similar to what coach Vigen ran at North Dakota State made him a very good fit for what the Cowboys were looking for. In a matter of days after finally getting in contact with the new staff, an offer was on the table which led to a quick verbal.
Wyoming looks to sign at least two quarterbacks in this year's class. The Pokes already have a verbal commitment from Gillette's Austin Fort. Also still on roster are freshman Tommy Thornton out of Colorado and redshirt senior Colby Kirkegaard out of Arizona.
The staff looks to score big on more prospects starting this coming weekend (January 17th). I'll have an update on known visitors later this week.