Gordie Haug is in his first year as Wyoming’s wide receivers coach, but he is in his second year with coach Craig Bohl as the Cowboys’ director of recruiting.
To date, UW has 10 verbal commitments for its 2016 class — all high school kids. The latest came Tuesday night when kicker Cooper Rothe from Longmont High in Longmont, Colorado, committed via his Twitter account. The 6-foot-, 180-pound Rothe, also plays defensive back and has four interceptions this season, and had nine last season. He is 3 of 4 on field goals this season with a long of 55. He was 4 of 8 last season with a long of 42. Rothe also was offered by Air Force.
UW isn’t a program that normally gets a lot of early verbals, and 10 to this point is the most in nearly 20 years of me covering this beat.
“It’s a pretty comfortable spot,” Haug said. You dont what to have too many at this point because we want those players who see themselves playing at the highest levels who may wait for offers from bigger conferences. When those offers don’t come, we’ve been there through the (recruiting process) and talking to them throughout.
“Nine is about where we want to be. I think we will get a couple more before the season is done. Then in December and January we will close out the class.”
Here is the list of the known verbal commitments.
• OLB David Engelhaupt, 6-4, 235, Catholic HS, Norfolk, Nebraska
• QB Chandler Garrett, 6-4, 214, Mustang HS, Mustang, Oklahoma
• LB Adrian King, 6-2, 210, George Washington HS, Denver
• LB Jailyn Mays, 6-1, 215, Dunbar HS, Fort Myers, Florida
• K Cooper Rothe, 6-0, 180, Longmont HS, Longmont, Colorado
• OG Gavin Rush, 6-3, 280, Aurora HS, Aurora, Nebraska
• CB Braden Smith, 5-11, 180, Lakewood HS, Lakewood, Colorado
• OG Jace Webb, 6-4, 300, Hollis HS, Hollis, Oklahoma
• OT Dustin Weeks, 6-7, 260, Westhope HS, Westhope, North Dakota
• LB Shiloh Windsor, 6-3, 221, Ada HS, Ada, Oklahoma
For links to video highlights of these players, go to the 2016 UW football recruiting tracker at wyosports.net. Here is the link: http://www.wyosports.net/university_of_wyoming/football/uw-football—-recruiting-tracker/article_605c013e-615c-11e5-a6f9-f7bd883b3914.html
UW signed 23 players in its 2015 class, and even though it loses only eight seniors, Haug said the 2016 class will be similar in size.
Senior wide receiver Justin Berger suffered a knee injury during spring drills, and it looked like his UW career would be over.
Berger redshirted last year, and played in five games combined in 2012-13 after coming in from junior college.
However, Berger is back practicing with UW and made the trip to Appalachian State where UW lost 31-13.
“He’s got to get back to being comfortable, but he is fully cleared and ready to go,” Haug said. “He can compete for playing time as well those other guys.”
One guy who has earned some playing time is true freshman walk-on Tayton Montgomery, a Cheyenne Central graduate. For more on him, see Wednesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net.