The University of Wyoming football program received verbal commitments from five players who visited Laramie over the weekend.
–Safety Luke Anderson (5-foot-10, 185 pounds) from Blinn College in Texas.
–Offensive guard Rafe Kiely (6-3, 288) from Wheaton North High in Wheaton, Ill.
–Receiver Dominic Rufran, (5-11, 175) from Palmer High in Colorado Springs, Colo.
–Offensive guard Zach Rushing (6-4, 290) from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.
–Quarterback Brett Smith (6-1, 185) from West Salem High in Salem, Ore.
Kiely and Smith both are rated as two-star recruits out of five stars by Rivals.com. Smith finished his career with school records in passing yards (5,064), touchdown passes (52), rushing yards (2,326), rushing touchdowns (43) and points scored (260).
Smith had scholarship offers from San Jose State, where he originally verbally committed, and also from New Mexico State, Eastern Washington and Portland State. Nevada and Wake Forest also recruited Smith.
Smith’s commitment is ironic because junior-to-be and two-year starting quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels originally committed to San Jose State before he switched to UW.
According to Smith’s Twitter account, he will graduate from high school early and start classes at UW in January.
Smith is the second quarterback commitment UW got during the week. The other was Adam Pittser (6-1, 200) from Burton High in Richmond, Ill. Smith and Pittser likely will be the only two quarterbacks this recruiting class. If another one is signed it probably means Emory Miller Jr., Sam Stratton and Austin Woodward — all freshmen who were redshirted this past season — will switch positions or not be at UW next season. There’s no indication any of the three are leaving.
Kiely had a scholarship offer from Army, and also was recruited by Illinois, Kansas and Northern Illinois.
Anderson and Rushing will have two years of eligibility at UW. Anderson has been timed at 4.47 in the 40-yard dash, recorded 77 tackles, 11 pass break-ups, two sacks and recovered a fumble last season. According to the Blinn College website, Anderson won’t join UW until fall camp in August.
Rushing helped his team to a 10-2 record and a win in the Mississippi Bowl.
Rufran has 4.47-second 40-yard dash speed and also was recruited by Colorado.
UW has 17 verbal commitments for its 2011 recruiting class, and can sign a maximum of 25 players. Kiely and Rushing are the first two offensive linement in the class. Some other interesting notes so far in this class:
–Four junior-college transfers.
–Four defensive backs, three of which are listed as safeties.
–Nine different states and Germany are represented in this class.
–Four of the 17 have received three-star ratings out of five by Rivals.com, and six are two-star prospects.
Verbal commitments are non-binding, and NCAA rules prohibit college coaches from talking about recruits until they have signed national letters of intent.