Mark Nzeocha, a 6-foot-2, 215-pound safety from Neusitz, Germany, verbally committed to Wyoming this week.
Nzeocha visited Laramie last weekend. He runs a 4.48-second 40-yard dash and has a 4.15-second time in the 20-yard shuttle.
Nzeocha is 20 and plays for the Franken Knights football club. He is scheduled to enroll at UW in January. If he does he will have four years of eligibility.
Nzeocha is friends with current UW junior linebacker Oliver Schober, who is from Munich, Germany. They didn’t play on the same club team. Schober played for Feodor-Lynen.
UW now has six verbal commitments for its 2011 recruiting class. The others are:
–Malkaam Muhammad, LB, 6-0, 210, Central HS, St. Joseph, Mo.
–London Muse, WR, 5-11, 170, Dulles HS, Sugar Land, Texas
–Trey Norman, ATH, 6-1, 170, Liberty-Eylau HS, Texarkana, Texas
–Chad Reese, DB, 5-11, 174, Lee HS, Tyler, Texas
–Cole Stoudt, QB, 6-4, 195, Coffman HS, Dublin, Ohio
Nice to see true freshman running back Robert Herron at practice this week. After a solid game at TCU two weeks ago, Herron missed last week’s game with Utah with an injury.
Herron looked good in Wednesday’s practice with a couple of nice runs and catches.
“He adds a speed element we’ve lacked some offensively. He’s a 100 percent ready to go and we’ll try to get him involved in the game plan” coach Dave Christensen said.
Some fans have asked me about junior receiver Jonathan Aiken, and why after a solid fall camp why he hasn’t done much this season.
“He’s out of the dog house now so he’s getting more and more work,” Christensen said. “The think around here is you have to do things right, and if you don’t you’re not going to play. He’s doing a better job of doing all the right things off the field, as well as making some play at practice and executing on the field.”
Aiken has two catches for nine yards in three games this season.
Friday afternoon is when Christensen updates the media on players that will miss the BYU game. So far, the only one out is true freshman defensive lineman Tyler Strong. I will be surprised if there are many more added to the list.
UW held its men’s and women’s basketball media day Wednesday afternoon in the Arena-Auditorium.
It was a typical media day where players and coaches were probably asked the same questions a million times.
Nice to put some faces with some names.
Some early thoughts on both teams:
–Don’t expect junior forward Afam Muojeke to play a ton or be back to his old self for quite some time. There have been no setbacks from his knee injury back in January. But it takes time to recover from when your patellar tendon detaches. I did the same thing to my knee a few years a go and I am floored at the progress Muojeke has made. Still, UW will be slow and cautious with his recovery.
–Had a good talk with junior point guard JayDee Luster on what he learned from his first season in 2009-10. Luster was pretty honest with me, and if he can work on some of those things I think he will be a much better player. More on that later.
–The Cowgirls have four solid seniors in Hillary Carlson, Aubrey Vandiver, Jade Kennedy and Randi Richardson — all expected to start. Who that fifth starter is, a who comes off the bench are huge questions going in. A lot will depend on the back of junior guard Kristen Scheffler. But even if she is OK, others need to emerge.
See Thursday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle www.wyomingnews.com and Laramie Boomerang www.laramieboomerang.com for more on UW footballl and men’s and women’s hoops. Also join me at 3 p.m. Thursday for our weekly chat on UW sports. http://wyomingcowboysblog.com/2010/10/19/weekly-u-of-w-live-chat-thursday-3pm/