December 13, 2010

Cowboys Pickup Five Commitments

Wyoming hosted 11 prospect visits last weekend in Laramie and capitalized with five new commitments to the Cowboy football program. The Pokes now have 17 commitments to-date and should sign a full class during national letter-of-intent day in early February.

Salem, Oregon (West Salem) Quarterback Brett Smith, Blinn College (Texas) Safety Luke Anderson, Mississippi Gulf Coastal Community College Offensive linemen Zack Rushing, Weaton, Illinois (North Weaton) Offensive Linemen Rafe Kiely, and wide receiver Dominic Rufran of Palmer High School in Colorado Springs verballed Wyoming after this weekend's visits.

Smith, a 6-foot-2 signal caller had originally picked San Jose State during the summer, but reopened his recruitment later when the expansion bug hit college football and hurt the San Jose program, where the Cowboys came back in the picture. He had offers from three other schools including New Mexico State.

"With all the uncertainty and everything that's going on I just feel it's best to kind of take a step back and re-evaluate my options," Smith told after his decommit from the Spartans.

Kiely, a 6-3 and 288 pound prospect had a planned visit to Army this upcoming weekend, though he liked his visit to Laramie and decided on the Cowboys.

"I'm pretty familiar with the school and the football program. They have been recruiting me since my junior year so I've done my research on them," said Kiely. Wyoming plays in the Mountain West conference and they are really the biggest game in town since Wyoming doesn't have any pro football everyone in that state seems to be a Cowboys fan.

Both Kiely and Rushing (6-foot-4 and 300 pounds) should help bolster a Cowboys offensive line and the Pokes plan on adding three more offensive linemen to the 2011 class.

The 5-foot-11 and 190 pound Anderson will give excellent speed to the Cowboys secondary with his 4.38 yard forty time and add immediate depth and competition to the position.

Rufran, a 5-foot-11 and 180 pound wide out is the first commit from the state of Colorado, a state that is a little down on division one talent this year.

Rufran's quickness in open space is a good fit for UW head coach Dave Christensen's spread offense.

The Cowboys have likely filled their quota for quarterback and running back, and are close on defensive backs. They plan on signing three more offensive linemen.

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