Texas CB commits to UW

DeAndre Jones, a 6-foot, 170-pound cornerback from Harker Heights High in Harker Heights, Texas, verbally committed to Wyoming Sunday.

Here is a video highlight from YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLtC3HCw3-Y

Jones visited Laramie this past weekend, and is believed to be the final verbal commitment for UW in its 2011 recruiting class. Signing day is Wednesday. Jones fills UW need at cornerback in this class after Demarius Reed (5-10, 155) out of Chicago decommitted recently. According to Rivals.com, Reed committed to Eastern Michigan over the weekend.

Jones runs a 4.55-second 40-yard dash. He also was recruited by Army, UTEP and Montana State. He is the eighth player from Texas to have committed or signed with UW in this year’s class.

UW has 19 verbal commitments and six others currently enrolled in school in this year’s recruiting class.

Reed, defensive tackle Gary Lee out of Tulsa, Okla., (Tulsa) and quarterback Cole Stoudt out of Dublin, Ohio (Clemson) are recruits UW had verbal commitments from at some point during the recruiting process but changed their minds.

Be sure to join me at 4 p.m. Wednesday for a live chat on UW’s 2011 recruiting class. Here is the link to the chat http://wyomingcowboysblog.com/2011/01/28/live-chat-football-signing-day/ and it will appear as the top story on this blog as a reminder as well.

Here the latest list of UW’s 2011 recruiting class

%^Luke Anderson, S (5-10, 185) Southlake, Texas (Blinn College)

^Zack Berg, S, 6-1, 202, Edmonds, Wash. (Woodway HS)

%^Alex Borgs, LB, 6-1, 220, Duesseldorf, Germany

^Blair Burns, CB, 5-10, 155, Plano, Texas (Plano HS)

*Josh Doctson, WR, 6-3, 175, Mansfield, Texas (Legacy HS)

^Zach Ewan, LS, 5-11, 230, Phoenix (North Canyon HS)

DeAndre Jones, CB, 6-0, 170, Harker Heights, Texas (Harker Heights HS)

^Jake Jones, OL, 6-4, 285, Lakewood, Colo. (Lakewood HS)

%*Korey Jones, LB, 6-2, 215, Garden City (Kan.) CC, Fort Collins, Colo.

^Rafe Kiely, OG 6-3, 288, Wheaton, Ill. (North HS)

%*Miraldo Michel, DE, 6-3, 250, Ellsworth (Iowa) CC, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

^Malkaam Muhammad, LB, 6-0, 210, St. Joseph, Mo. (Central HS)

^London Muse, WR, 5-11, 170, Sugar Land, Texas, (Dulles HS)

^Trey Norman, ATH, 6-1, 170, Texarkana, Texas, (Liberty-Eylau HS)

%*Mark Nzeocha, S, 6-2, 215, Neusitz, Germany

*Adam Pittser,QB,  6-1, 200, Richmond, Ill. (Burton HS)

*Chad Reese, CB, 5-11, 174, Tyler, Texas, (Lee HS)

*Kevin Robertson, WR, 6-4, 208, Houston (Northland Christian HS)

^Dominic Rufran, WR, 5-11, 175, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Palmer HS)

^Zach Rushing, OG, 6-4, 290, D’Iberville, Miss. (Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College)

%^Brett Smith, QB, 6-1, 185, Salem, Ore. (West HS)

^Daniel Sullivan, K, 5-10, 165, Everett, Wash. (Jackson HS)

^Kody Sutton, RB, 5-9, 186, Texarkana, Texas (Texas HS)

^Austin Traphagan, OL, 6-6, 280, Yuma, Colo. (Yuma HS)

*Eddie Yarbrough, LB, 6-3, 235, Aurora, Colo. (Grandview HS)

^Two-star recruit by Rivals.com

*Three-star recruit by Rivals.com

%Currently enrolled at UW

Lee swtiches from UW to Tulsa

Wyoming lost a verbal commitment in football Thursday when defensive tackle Gary Lee (6-5, 285) from Victory Christian High in Tulsa, Okla., changed his mind and committed to Tulsa.

Here is the short article out of the Tulsa World: http://www.tulsaworld.com/sportsextra/TU/article.aspx?subjectid=94&articleid=20110128_94_B5_CUTLIN696163

You see this happen a lot of football recruiting. When a school sees a recruit in its own backyard commit to another school, it often makes a late push for that kid. UW did that in coach Dave Christensen’s first recruiting class in 2009 with Gillette’s Spencer Bruce. Bruce verbally committed to Southern Mississippi, but not long before signing day changed his mind and signed with the Cowboys.

Right or wrong, ethical or not this is a big part of college recruiting.

UW still has 18 verbal commitments and six other players signed and enrolled in school. Don’t be surprised if the Cowboys get a verbal commitment from a high school defensive back this weekend, which is the final weekend recruits can visit prior to signing day on Wednesday.

Pair of linemen commit to Cowboys

The Wyoming football program received verbal commitments from two high school linemen Monday.

Jake Jones, a 6-foot-4, 285-pound offensive lineman from Lakewood High in Lakewood, Colo., and Gary Lee, a 6-5, 285-pound defensive tackle from Victory Christian High in Tulsa, Okla., gave the Cowboys 19 verbal commitments in their 2011 recruiting class. UW has six other players signed and currently enrolled in school.

Jones is a two-star recruit out of five by Rivals.com. He played both offensive and defensive line in high school, and recorded 108 pancake blocks as an offensive tackle as a senior. Here is a YouTube highight video of Jones:


Jones visited UW on Dec. 10 and had a scholarship offer from Air Force. Colorado, Oregon State, Stanford and Tennessee also recruited him.

Lee also is a two-star prospect by Rivals.com, and visited UW the weekend of Jan. 14-16. Like Jones, he played offensive and defensive line in high school. He earned All-State honors by the Oklahoma Coaches Association as an offensive lineman.

Lee had scholarship offers from Arkansas State, Louisiana Tech, Louisiana-Monroe, Missouri State and Tulsa.

Eight of UW’s commitments/signees are three-star recruits by Rivals.com. The others are all two-star prospects.

Including the signees, UW has 25 players in its recruiting class, the maximum it can sign. However, UW could choose to grayshirt some kids in this class, meaning they would pay their own way to school for the fall of 2011 or not enroll at UW until January of 2012 and go on scholarship then to count toward the 2012 class.

We shall see. It’s not often UW has its entire recruiting class either signed or verbally committed with a little more than a week prior to signing day, which is Feb. 2. Will be interesting to see if the Cowboys can keep all of the verbal commitments or if other schools swoop in and try to lure them away.