Receiver Tanner Gentry (6-2, 190) and safety Xavier Lewis (6-0, 190) were two of the more highly-touted football recruits Wyoming signed in its 2013 recruiting class.
Both went to high school in Aurora, Colo. Gentry at Grandview and Lewis at Eaglecrest. Both were rivals in high school, but both are now friends and have been working out together since they signed with UW in February.
For more on that story, see Friday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net.
This is what Lewis said about what he hopes to accomplish at UW when he and Gentry get there June 16 for summer school and voluntary workouts.
“I want to go in there and be able to make a positive impact immediately,” he said. “Whether that is starting or trying to compete for a starting job. “I want to push all my teammates and help the program. I think Wyoming is going in the right direction and I am looking forward to getting there.”
Gentry said something similar, and also said he and Lewis have dreams of playing in the NFL. As for playing sooner than later for UW?
Gentry joins a crowded, deep and talented receiving group so I think it will be harder for him to play right away. He is listed third on UW’s post-spring depth chart at one of the four receiver spots behind senior Robert Herron and redshirt freshman Eric Nzeocha. However, plenty receivers have played for UW as true freshmen in coach Dave Christensen’s first four years. Some include Herron, juniors Dominic Rufran and Trey Norman (Norman’s time was limited) and recently departed senior Chris McNeill. If Gentry shows the ability to help immediately, he will see the field.
As for Lewis, UW’s two safety spots were a bit unsettled during the spring. Lewis is listed third on the post-spring depth chart at strong safety behind junior Darrenn White and redshirt freshman Cortland Fort. The Cowboys want to move senior Marqueston Huff from cornerback to free safety. But if Huff stays at corner, that leaves White and junior Chad Reese as the only two safeties with game experience. That could open the door for Lewis to earn some playing time if he performs well in fall camp.
What do you think folks, do you see these two guys playing sooner or later in their UW careers?
Below are some highlight videos for Gentry and Lewis:
Gentry highlights: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/490053/highlights/21216377
Lewis highlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHWHuidyw2s