Wyoming’s 2012 football recruiting class didn’t have a player from Colorado.
Its 2013 class does.
Tanner Gentry, a 6-foot-3, 180-pound receiver from Grandview High in Aurora, Colo., verbally committed to UW Tuesday. Gentry is the third verbal commitment to the Cowboys’ 2013 class.
Here is a link to some of Gentry’s junior highlights at Grandview
Gentry caught 50 passes for 693 yards and seven touchdowns last season as a junior, and was among the state leaders as a safety with 10 interceptions. He is projected to play receiver at UW. Offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Gregg Brandon was the primary recruiter of Gentry, and for UW in Colorado.
I really like the fact UW got a verbal commitment from a Colorado prospect this early, especially one as talented as Gentry. Colorado needs to be a good recruiting area for the Cowboys, and this get shouldn’t hurt that cause. What do you think about that, folks?
“They offered me pretty early, so that showed a lot,” said Gentry during a phone interview Tuesday night. “Also, I really like coach Brandon as an offensive coordinator and (Derek Sage) is an awesome receivers coach. I just felt like I’d really like to play for them. I also really liked (head) coach (Dave) Christensen.”
Gentry also said UW’s spread offense was “perfect for him” because of how much it throws the ball.
Gentry said UW was the first to offer him a scholarship, but also had an offer from Air Force. He also said Arizona State and Colorado “were close to offering him.” Gentry was at a camp at Arizona State the same day UW held its one-day high school camp in Laramie on June 10. Gentry attended a spring football practice in Laramie this spring and liked what he saw.
Rivals.com lists Gentry as the 15th-best recruit in Colorado. Rivals and Scout.com rank him as a two-star prospect out of five. Gentry has 4.58-second speed in the 40-yard dash.
“It felt like something I should do, and it felt right,” said Gentry of committing to UW early. “I just felt like they really wanted me. Some other schools were like we like you and this and that, but Wyoming kept calling me and telling me how much they wanted me to play for them.”
Gentry joins linebacker Ryan Anaya (6-3, 248) from Casper Natrona County High, who committed to UW Monday night, and offensive lineman Fabian Holler (6-4, 285) from Roesrath, Germany, as those who have told UW they will play for them in 2013.