Craig Bohl Announces His First Recruiting Class

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Laramie, Wyo. (Feb. 5, 2014) -- A class of 22 recruits that reach from California to Florida was announced on Wednesday afternoon by University of Wyoming head football coach Craig Bohl. Bohl was extremely pleased with the class his staff assembled in the shortened recruiting time they had available to them after taking over the Cowboy Football program this winter.

Among the largest position groups were: three quarterbacks, one of whom was a two-time All-State selection in the state of Wyoming; four tight ends, which was needed to fit the needs of Bohl's new pro-style offense; four defensive backs; and five defensive linemen to fill needs at those positions. The 2014 class includes two junior college signees and 20 high school recruits, and breaks down into 12 student-athletes on offense and 10 on defense.

"Overall, we are very pleased with the class that our staff has been able to put together," said Bohl. "The first year that you come into a program is always less that ideal because the normal recruiting cycle begins over a year in advance of signing day.

"Our staff hit the ground running. It was great to have Coach (Pete) Kaligis on our staff to help us maintain contact with some of the young men we already had committed. We have a very capable staff, who have connections in different parts of the country. We probably accessed some areas that I don't think are going to be traditional Wyoming areas, i.e. Florida, but nonetheless because of the skill base that was there and the needs that we have, we feel like we've done well.

"We are going to continue to re-engage in what I would call traditional Wyoming areas, including the state of Wyoming, in which we were happy to sign a player from Wyoming this year in Austin Fort from Gillette. Colorado will be an area where we will increase our efforts, and was a state that we felt we did well in this year signing two young men. We're going to continue to recruit out west. We were able to sign a group of student-athletes from California and Arizona this year."

In terms of how he felt his staff was able to meet the specific position needs in his first recruiting class at Wyoming, Bohl said most position needs had been met.

"For the most part, we feel good that we were able to fill most of our needs," said Bohl. "Certainly it was important for us to find a couple quarterbacks, which we did. Running back was an important position, as was the tight end position, which you can see from the number of tight ends that we signed was an area of emphasis. A lot of those needs grew out of the re-engineering of our offense. We are going to utilize a pro-style system, so those guys will come into play, and we feel like we really did well there. The other area we think we did really well in was the secondary. We were probably a little shy at linebacker."

When Bohl spoke earlier this winter about his expectations heading into 2014 National Signing Day, he said that he wouldn't sign players unless he felt they met a threshold of being able to help the Cowboys win in the Mountain West Conference. Bohl admitted that the final size of the 2014 class (22 signees) exceeded his initial expectations.

"We went into this recruiting class thinking that if we were able to get to 20 young men, who we had a firm conviction in our hearts were above the line for us to be successful in the Mountain West, then we would have done extremely well," said Bohl. "When you look at the size of this class, we exceeded 20, and we are firmly convinced that these young men are all above the line. Now are all the members of this class going to be All-Mountain West players, probably not, but coming in, our convictions as coaches is they all have a chance to be excellent players."

The 2014 Wyoming recruiting class follows with bios and highlights on each of this year's class.

The recruits in the 2014 Wyoming recruiting class bring with them a number of outstanding credentials. Among the individual honors received by the members of this year's class are as follows.

•Aaron Young led ASA College to a No. 7 ranking in the final 2013 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) men's football poll. The Avengers posted a 9-1 record in 2013, including winning their final nine games of the season.

•Ryan Cummings was a standout on a Valor Christian High team that captured the 2013 Colorado Class 5A State Championship. Class 5A is the largest classification in the state of Colorado. Valor Christian concluded the season with a 13-1 record. They were ranked as the No. 1 team in the state of Colorado and the No. 24 best high school team in the nation by MaxPreps.com.

•Nico Evans was named to the 2013 Pac-5 Division All-CIF football team as selected by the Football Coaches Association. He was also named the Most Valuable Offensive Back in the Serra League his senior season. He rushed for 1,686 yards and 20 touchdowns in 2013.

•Austin Fort was named to the Super 25 football team by the Casper Star-Tribune both his junior and senior seasons at Campbell County High School in Gillette, Wyo. He led Campbell County High School to a 10-1 record and the No. 1 seed in the 2013 Class 4A state playoffs. Gillette ranked No. 1 in the state in total offense (394.5 yards per game), No. 1 in rushing offense (253.1 yards per game) and No. 3 in passing offense (141.4 yards per game) in 2013.

•C.J. Jennings was named the Fastest Man and Defensive MVP at the Orlando National Underclassmen Combine in April 2013.

•Brinkley Jolly has been one of the top dual-sport athletes in the state of Missouri during his high school career at Liberty North High School in Liberty, Mo., outside Kansas City. As a tight end, Jolly earned Second Team All-State Class 4 honors in voting by the Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters his senior season. As a junior, Jolly earned First Team All-State Class 4 honors in basketball in voting by the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association.

•Tyree Mayfield earned First Team Class 5 All-State honors as a junior tight end in 2012 from the Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters.

•Chavez Pownell earned Honorable Mention All-State Class 6A honors as a wide receiver his senior year in voting by Florida newspaper editors and reporters. He started as both a defensive back and wide receiver for Jefferson High School in Tampa, Fla., and had 64 total tackles and five interceptions his senior season.

•Nick Smith led Merritt Island High School to an 11-1 record in 2013 as the starting quarterback and led Merritt Island to the Regional Finals of the Class 5A State Playoffs, falling just one game shy of the State Semifinals. The Mustangs began the season 11-0 before losing in the Regional Finals. Smith was named an Honorable Mention Class 5A All-State honoree his senior season. The All-State team was selected by Florida media editors and reporters. He was also invited to and played for the East Team in the 15th annual Central Florida High School All-Star football game that took place in December 2013.

•Joshua Stanton, the younger brother of Wyoming's leading tackler last season Jordan Stanton, helped lead his Valencia High team to an 11-3 record in 2013 on way to an appearance in the CIF Southern Section Northern Division State Championship Game.

•Daniel Vega was selected to four different First Team All-State Class 4A teams his senior season of 2013, including the Des Moines Register, the Iowa Newspaper Association, the IowaPreps.com and Iowa Sports Spotlight All-State teams. He is ranked by Rivals.com as the No. 10 recruit in the state of Iowa's 2014 recruiting class.

The national letter-of-intent signing period for football began on Wednesday, Feb. 5 and will conclude on Tuesday, April 1.

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University of Wyoming Cowboys

2014 Football Signings

(Alphabetical, As of Feb. 5, 2014)

Breakdown:

Junior College Signees ( 2)

High School Signees (20)

Totals (22)

Junior-College Signees and Transfers (2)

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Class Hometown (Last School)

Jacob Hollister# TE 6-4 230 So. Bend, Ore. (Arizona Western CC, Ariz.)

Aaron Young# QB 6-2 208 So. Sacramento, Calif. (ASA CC, N.Y.)

High-School Signees (20)

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Class Hometown (Last School)

Richard Bettencourt* OL 6-3 290 Fr. Meridian, Idaho (Meridian)

Alex Bush LB 6-2 220 Fr. La Habra, Calif. (La Habra)

Conner Cain DT 6-4 250 Fr. Littleton, Colo. (Heritage)

Ryan Cummings OL 6-5 290 Fr. Littleton, Colo. (Valor Christian)

Nico Evans RB 5-9 177 Fr. Los Angeles, Calif. (Loyola)

Austin Fort QB 6-4 210 Fr. Gillette, Wyo. (Campbell County)

Brian Hill RB 6-1 210 Fr. Belleville, Ill. (Belleville West)

John Jackson DE 6-2 265 Fr. Oro Valley, Ariz. (Canyon Del Oro)

C.J. Jennings CB 5-10 175 Fr. Orlando, Fla. (Jones)

Brinkley Jolly TE 6-5 230 Fr. Liberty, Mo. (Liberty North)

Grant Lewis TE 6-5 225 Fr. Memphis, Tenn. (White Station)

Sidney Malauulu DT 6-3 280 Fr. Sierra Vista, Ariz. (Buena)

Tyree Mayfield TE 6-3 212 Fr. St. Joseph, Mo. (Central)

Chavez Pownell S 5-11 183 Fr. Tampa, Fla. (Jefferson)

Robert Priester CB 5-9 165 Fr. Tampa, Fla. (Robinson)

Nick Smith QB 6-4 212 Fr. Merritt Island, Fla. (Merritt Island)

Joshua Stanton DE 6-3 240 Fr. Valencia, Calif. (Valencia)

Cole Turner OL 6-4 285 Fr. Cedar Rapids, Iowa (Xavier)

Daniel Vega DT 6-4 260 Fr. Cedar Rapids, Iowa (Xavier)

Ryon'e Winters CB 6-0 180 Fr. Grandview, Mo. (Grandview)

* High School signees who enrolled at UW for the 2014 spring semester

# Junior College signees who enrolled at UW for the 2014 spring semester

2014 University of Wyoming Football Signees

(Alphabetical, As of Feb. 5, 2014)

Junior-College Signees

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Class Hometown (Last School)

Jacob Hollister TE 6-4 230 So. Bend, Ore. (Arizona Western CC, Ariz.)

Jacob Hollister joined the Wyoming Football program in January 2014. He comes to Wyoming with three years of eligibility remaining. He began his college career as a walk-on at the University of Nevada, and redshirted for the Wolf Pack in 2012. In 2013, Hollister transferred to Arizona Western Community College in Yuma, Ariz., where he switched from quarterback to tight end. He started at tight end for Arizona Western as a redshirt freshman, and had 10 receptions for 96 yards and caught one touchdown pass. He was part of an offense that averaged 35.7 points per game to rank No. 14 in the nation, and generated 401.9 yards of total offense per game to rank No. 19 in the nation in 2013. The Matadors also averaged 229.3 yards passing per game to rank No. 13 among all junior colleges in the country. He played for head coach Tom Minnick at Arizona Western.

An outstanding athlete, he played quarterback in high school at Mountain View High School in Bend, Ore., where he was named the 2011 Oregon Class 5A Player of the Year. Class 5A is the second largest classification in the state of Oregon. Hollister led Mountain View High to the 5A State Championship as a senior, and was named First Team All-State. He played for head coach Steve Turner at Mountain View High. Hollister was selected the offensive player of the year for the state and for his conference as a senior. In addition to leading his team to a state championship as a senior, he also led Mountain View High to three straight conference titles. Hollister completed 62 percent of his passes with 37 touchdowns and just three interceptions as a senior. He holds most of Mountain View's career passing records, and earned a combined nine varsity letters in football, basketball and baseball.

Hollister has a twin brother, Cody, who went to Nevada and Arizona Western with him, and signed a National Letter of Intent this past December with the University of Arkansas to play wide receiver.

Aaron Young QB 6-2 208 So. Sacramento, Calif. (ASA CC, N.Y.)

Aaron Young played one year of junior college football at ASA College in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 2013. He joined the Wyoming Football team in January 2014 with three years of eligibility remaining. Young led ASA College to a No. 7 ranking in the final National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) men's football poll. The Avengers posted a 9-1 record in 2013, including winning their final nine games of the season. ASA's only loss came in the season opener to Georgia Military by a score of 22-15. Georgia Military ended the season ranked No. 3 in the final NJCAA National Poll. ASA captured its second consecutive Northeast Football Conference Championship by defeating then No. 16 ranked Nassau Community College 37-7 on Nassau's home field. ASA concluded the season by winning the Carrier Dome Bowl over No. 20 ranked College of DuPage, 23-3. It was the first bowl victory in the program's history.

Young won the starting quarterback job as a freshman by beating out the previous year starter for the ASA Avengers. Originally from Sacramento, Calif., Young started all 10 games for the Avengers in 2013. He completed 128 of 210 passes (61.0 percent) for 1,803 yards, threw 22 touchdowns and had only three passes intercepted. Two of his three interceptions came in the first three games of the season. He threw only one interception in the remaining seven games. He ranked No. 8 in the NJCAA in passing touchdowns and 17th in the nation in passing yards, averaging 180.3 yards per game. He set new school single-season records for passing yards (1,803 yards) and touchdown passes (22). Young guided an ASA offense that averaged 37.8 points per game, ranking them 10th in the nation. The Avengers generated 414.2 yards of total offense per game to rank No. 17 in the country and averaged 209.1 yards passing per game as a team to rank No. 20 in the NJCAA in that category. In terms of red-zone efficiency, Young's offense scored on 32 of 36 red-zone opportunities (88.9 percent), which placed them No. 6 in the national NJCAA rankings. Of those 32 scores, 31 were touchdowns. Young earned First Team All-Northeast Football Conference honors as a freshman. He played for head coach Dennis Orlando at ASA.

Young's best individual games included a 212-yard passing effort versus Army's Junior Varsity squad in a 40-16 ASA road victory. He also threw three touchdown passes in that win. Against Dean College in a 55-17 road win, Young passed for 227 yards and threw five TD passes. He earned Northeast Football Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors for his efforts. The next week against Lackawanna College, Young's totals included 253 passing yards and three TD passes in 27-0 shutout victory. He enjoyed another 200-yard passing game against Louisburg College, throwing for 209 yards and three touchdowns in a 43-5 home win. In the conference championship game against No. 16 ranked Nassau Community College, Young completed 82.4 percent of his passes (14 of 17) for 156 yards and two TD passes in ASA's 37-7 road victory. He concluded his freshman season completing 17 of 26 passes (65.4 percent) for 218 yards and three TDs as he lead ASA to a 23-3 win over No. 20 ranked College of DuPage in the Carrier Dome Bowl. He played his high school football at Vista del Lago High School in Sacramento, Calif.

Young was also recruited by Temple.

2014 University of Wyoming Football Signees

(Alphabetical, As of Feb. 5, 2014)

High-School Signees

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Class Hometown (Last School)

Richard Bettencourt OL 6-3 290 Fr. Meridian, Idaho (Meridian)

Richard Bettencourt enrolled at UW for the 2014 spring semester, and will go through spring football with the Cowboys. Bettencourt earned All-Southern Idaho Conference honors as both a junior and senior at Meridian High School in Meridian, Idaho. Meridian High plays at the Class 5A level, which is the largest classification in the state of Idaho. He also earned Academic All-Conference honors in both 2012 and 2013, and achieved Honor Roll status his sophomore through senior years of high school. He was a four-time winner of his team’s “Iron Man Award”, indicative of the top performer in the weight room each year. Bettencourt was voted a team captain his sophomore, junior and senior seasons. He played for head coach Kip Crofts at Meridian High.

Among other schools that were recruiting him were: Boise State, Idaho and Utah State.

Alex Bush LB 6-2 220 Fr. La Habra, Calif. (La Habra)

Alex Bush was selected All-CIF Southern Section for the Southwest Division his senior season of 2013. He earned Freeway League Defensive Player of the Year as a senior, and also was selected First Team All-Area by the Whittier Daily News. He was a leader on a defense that held seven of 12 opponents to 14 points or less in 2013. Bush played at very successful La Habra High, where the Highlanders captured their seventh consecutive conference championship in 2013. His team finished the regular season 9-1 and were the No. 1 seed entering the CIF Southern Section Southwest Division Playoffs. The Highlanders were ranked No. 24 in MaxPreps Southern California Top 25 rankings, entering their second round CIF playoff game versus Newport Harbor High School of Newport Beach, Calif. They lost a heart-breaking, one-point 49-48 game to Newport Harbor to conclude the season 10-2. Bush was coached at La Habra High by head coach Frank Mazzotta.

Bush was also recruited by Iowa State and Idaho.

Conner Cain DT 6-4 250 Fr. Littleton, Colo. (Heritage)

Conner Cain helped his Heritage High team advance to the first round of the Class 5A Colorado State Playoffs before losing 20-24 to Mountain Range High. Class 5A is the largest classification in the state of Colorado. His senior season, the defensive end recorded 33 total tackles (13 solo tackles and 20 assisted tackles), 3.0 sacks for a loss of 22 yards and intercepted one pass, which he returned two yards for a touchdown. A three-year starter, his junior season Cain was credited with 26 total tackles (14 solos and 12 assists), had 3.0 sacks for 21 yards in losses and recorded a safety. As a sophomore, he totalled 27 tackles (11 solo tackles and 16 assists). He concluded his high school career with 38 solo tackles and 48 assisted tackles for a total of 86. He played for head coach Mike Griebel.

Cain was also recruited by Colorado State, Eastern Washington and Montana.

Ryan Cummings OL 6-5 290 Fr. Littleton, Colo. (Valor Christian)

Ryan Cummings helped lead Valor Christian to the 2013 Colorado Class 5A State Championship, culminating in a 56-16 win in the state championship game over Boulder Fairview. Class 5A is the largest classification in the state of Colorado. Valor Christian concluded the season with a 13-1 record. They were ranked as the No. 1 team in the state of Colorado and the No. 24 best high school team in the nation by MaxPreps.com. Cummings was part of a Valor Christian offense that led the state in scoring, averaging 47.0 points per game. A starter at right guard in 2013, Cummings and his offensive line mates helped pave the way for Colorado Player of the Year Christian McCaffrey (RB) and the Valor offense to rush for 3,177 yards, 49 touchdowns and an 8.2-yard average per carry entering the state championship game, while allowing only nine quarterback sacks. His head coach at Valor Christian was Rod Sherman.

He was also recruited by Colorado State.

Nico Evans RB 5-9 177 Fr. Los Angeles, Calif. (Loyola)

Nico Evans was named to the 2013 Pac-5 Division All-CIF football team as selected by the Football Coaches Association. He was also named the Most Valuable Offensive Back in the Serra League while earning First Team All-Serra League honors his senior season. He rushed for 1,686 yards and 20 touchdowns in 2013, including a long run of 80 yards. One of his best games his senior season saw him rush for 238 yards and three touchdowns against Co-Serra League champion Alemany. Evans was twice named a FOX Sports Prep Zone Game MVP, and was a two-time CalHi Sports State Stat Star of the Week in 2013. He played for head coach Marvin Sanders at Loyola High. Loyola has had an excellent football tradition. One of Loyola's former alumni is 2013 All-America linebacker Anthony Barr of UCLA.

Evans was also recruited by Boise State, Fresno State, San Diego State and San Jose State. An outstanding student, he also was offered a scholarship by the University of Pennsylvania of the Ivy League.

Austin Fort QB 6-4 210 Fr. Gillette, Wyo. (Campbell County)

Austin Fort was named to the Super 25 football team by the Casper Star-Tribune both his junior and senior seasons at Campbell County High School in Gillette, Wyo. The Super 25 Team represents the Top 25 players in the state of Wyoming each year. He also earned First Team All-State Class 4A honors from WyoPreps.com. both his junior and senior seasons. Fort led Campbell County High School to a 10-1 record and the No. 1 seed in the 2013 Class 4A state playoffs before losing, 7-14, in the semifinals of state to Natrona County. Class 4A is the largest classification in the state of Wyoming. Gillette ranked No. 1 in the state in total offense (394.5 yards per game), No. 1 in rushing offense (253.1 yards per game) and No. 3 in passing offense (141.4 yards per game) in 2013. Fort completed 69 of 138 passes for 1,070 yards, threw eight touchdown passes and only three interceptions his senior season. He also rushed for 670 yards on 80 carries and scored 10 rushing TDs as a senior. His average of 8.4 yards per rush led all players in Class 4A, and his 193.3 yards of total offense per game ranked him No. 2 in the state. In addition to playing quarterback for Campbell County High School, Fort also served as his team's place-kicker his senior season. He led the state of Wyoming in scoring, averaging 12.2 points per game. Fort scored a total of 110 points on 10 touchdowns, five field goals, 33 extra points by kicking and one two-point conversion. His junior season, Fort led Campbell county to a 10-2 record and a runner-up finish in the Wyoming Class 4A State Playoffs. He completed 160 of 305 passes for 2,137 yards and threw 13 TD passes his junior season. He also rushed for 785 yards on 125 attempts and scored 10 rushing touchdowns. Gillette led the state in both total offense (407.5 yards per game) and passing offense (181.9 yards per game) in 2012. Individually, Fort led the state in both total offense (239.3 yards per game) and passing (178.1 yards per game) as a junior. He played for head coach Vic Wilkerson.

While he committed early to his home state team, Wyoming, he also had recruiting interest from Colorado, Colorado State and Illinois.

Brian Hill RB 6-1 210 Fr. Belleville, Ill. (Belleville West)

Brian Hill was a very versatile athlete in high school, playing both ways for his Belleville West High team in Belleville, Ill., located just outside St. Louis, Mo. Hill played in Class 7A at Belleville West, which is the second largest classification in the state of Illinois. His senior season, he was named an All-City running back in a combined vote by the Belleville News-Democrat staff and city head coaches. He earned First Team All-Soutwestern Conference as a running back and Second Team All-SWC as a safety. His teammates voted him the Belleville West "Team" Award. On offense, he rushed for 778 yards on 88 carries for an 8.8 yard average per rush, and he scored 15 rushing touchdowns. Hill caught 10 passes for 332 yards and six receiving TDs, and he completed 5 of 8 passes for 95 yards. His senior season, Hill also had 135 yards in kickoff returns and 73 yards on punt returns, accounting for 1,433 all-purpose yards. As a safety, he was credited with 59 tackles (41 solo tackles and 18 assists), three interceptions which he returned for 115 yards, two fumble recoveries, one forced fumble and one sack for five yards. As a junior, Hill rushed for 614 yards on 84 carries and scored seven rushing touchdowns. He made 57 tackles (40 solos and 17 assists) and recorded three sacks on defense. For his career, Hill totalled 1,395 rushing yards, 2,050 all-purpose yards and scored a combined 28 touchdowns rushing and receiving (22 rushing and six receiving). He also was credited with 118 career tackles. Hill helped lead Belleville West to a 7-3 overall record and a 5-2 mark in Southwestern Conference in 2013, placing them third. Belleville West earned a trip to the 2013 Class 7A State Playoffs, losing in the first round, 14-21, to Oswego. He played for head coach Cameron Pettus at Belleville West High.

Hill was also recruited by Eastern Michigan and Northern Illinois.

John Jackson DE 6-2 265 Fr. Oro Valley, Ariz. (Canyon Del Oro)

John Jackson played defensive end and running back at Canyon Del Oro High School in Oro Valley, Ariz., near Tucson. He was credited with 30 tackles, 6.0 tackles for loss, 3.0 sacks and 10 quarterback hurries his senior season. On offense, he added five rushing attempts for 34 yards and caught 10 passes for 218 yards, including catching two touchdown passes. He helped lead Canyon Del Oro to a 10-2 record and a 5-0 record in Section 5 of Division III to place first in their Section. Canyon Del Oro entered the 2013 Division III State Playoffs as the No. 8 seed in the 16-team field. They defeated Higley, 34-31, in the First Round of the State Playoffs before losing to Williams Field, 26-29, in the Quarterfinals of State. His junior season, Jackson recorded 22 tackles, including 5.0 tackles for loss and seven quarterback hurries, while rushing for 120 yards and one TD and catching three passes for 34 yards.

Jackson was mentioned in a story by ArizonaVarsity.com titled "Hot 11 Steals" that highlighted 11 under-recruited players from the state of Arizona who have bright futures in college football. He played at the same high school that 2013 Consensus All-America running back Ka’Deem Carey of the University of Arizona played at. Jackson's head coach at Canyon Del Oro High was Dustin Peace.

Jackson was also recruited by New Mexico State and San Diego State.

C.J. Jennings CB 5-10 175 Fr. Orlando, Fla. (Jones)

C.J. Jennings was named the Fastest Man and Defensive MVP at the Orlando National Underclassmen Combine in April 2013. He had numerous Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) teams who recruited hime, but he decided the University of Wyoming was the place for him. Jennings played for head coaches Kenard Lang and Kevin Lewis at Orlando Jones High School. Lang was an 11-year veteran of the NFL. A defensive end, he concluded his career with the Denver Broncos in 2006.

Jennings was recruited by Bowling Green, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Texas Tech, Tulane and Wake Forest in addition to Wyoming.

Brinkley Jolly TE 6-5 230 Fr. Liberty, Mo. (Liberty North)

Brinkley Jolly has been one of the top dual-sport athletes in the state of Missouri during his high school career at Liberty North High School in Liberty, Mo., outside Kansas City. As a tight end, Jolly earned Second Team All-State Class 4 honors in voting by the Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters his senior season, and was Third Team All-State Class 4 as selected by the Missouri Football Coaches Association (MFCA). He also earned Class 4 All-District 8 as a tight end from the MFCA in 2013. As a junior, Jolly earned First Team All-State Class 4 honors in basketball in voting by the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association, averaging 13.7 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. In 2013, Jolly caught 13 passes for 110 yards and scored one receiving touchdown. Over his three-year varsity career, Jolly had 38 receptions for 394 yards and scored six receiving TDs. He also played defensive end for Liberty North and was credited with 21 tackles, 5.0 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks and forced one fumble his senior season. He led Liberty North to the 2013 State Semifinals of the Class 4 State Football Playoffs before losing 14-26 to Helias High. The Eagles posted a 9-5 record on the season. As a sophomore, his Liberty North football squad posted a 6-5 record and advanced to the Second Round of the State Playoffs. Jolly is currently playing his senior season of basketball and in December of 2013 he became the first basketball player in Liberty North school history to score 1,000 points for his career. He helped lead Liberty North to the final four of the Missouri State Basketball Class 4 Championships both his sophomore and junior seasons. His junior season, Jolly's Liberty North team posted a 22-7 record and advanced to the State Semifinals before losing a one-point, 38-39, game to eventual State Champion Republic High. As a sophomore, his Liberty North team recorded a 19-7 record and also advanced to the State Semifinals before losing to eventual State Champs Soldan International Studies High. He played for head football coach Ken Clemens and head basketball coach Chris McCabe at Liberty North.

Jolly also had recruiting interest from Illinois, Iowa, Iowa State and Tulsa. His cousin is 10-year NFL veteran defensive lineman Kevin Williams of the Minnesota Vikings.

Grant Lewis TE 6-5 225 Fr. Memphis, Tenn. (White Station)

Grant Lewis played tight end and wide receiver at White Station High School in Memphis, Tenn. He and his White Station High teammates earned their way all the way to the 2013 Tennessee 6A State Semifinals in 2013, posting a 9-5 record along the way. Lewis had 22 receptions his senior season, including scoring five receiving touchdowns and four rushing TDs. He was one of four finalists in the greater Memphis area for the 2013 Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Bull Bramlett Award. The Bull Bramlett Award is presented annually to the high school football player in the Shelby County area who best exemplifies excellence on the field, as well as high character, integrity and godliness off the field. John “Bull” Bramlett was a standout at Memphis State University before becoming an all-pro NFL linebacker. Lewis played for head coach Joe Rocconi at White Station High.

Lewis was also recruited by Memphis.

Sidney Malauulu DT 6-3 280 Fr. Sierra Vista, Ariz. (Buena)

Pronunciation: mal-uh-OO-loo

Sidney Malauulu played his senior year of high school football at Buena High School in Sierra Vista, Ariz. Malauulu and his family were living in Korea prior to the winter of 2012 as his father was stationed there. They moved to Arizona the winter prior to Malauulu's senior year of high school. As a senior, Malauulu recorded 49 tackles (27 solo tackles and 22 assists) as a defensive tackle. He added 9.0 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks. Despite playing only one season of high school football in Arizona, Malauulu was selected All-Southern Arizona by the TucsonCitizen.com. Buena High posted a 6-5 record and advanced to the First Round of the 2013 Arizona Division II State Playoffs, before losing in the first round. Malauulu played for head coach Ryan Scherling at Buena High School.

He was originally recruited by new Wyoming head coach Craig Bohl and his staff when they were still at North Dakota State.

Tyree Mayfield TE 6-3 212 Fr. St. Joseph, Mo. (Central)

Tyree Mayfield earned First Team Class 5 All-State honors as a junior tight end in 2012 from the Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters. Despite suffering from a nagging injury his senior season of 2013, he was named Third Team Class 5 All-State as a tight end in voting by the Missouri Football Coaches Association (MFCA). He also earned All-District 7 honors as a defensive end in 2013 from the MFCA. His senior season, Mayfield caught 27 passes, with eight of those being touchdown receptions. He also was credited with 28 tackles, 7.0 tackles for loss, 4.0 sacks and one interception as a defensive end, and he served as his team's place-kicker and punter. His St. Joseph Central Indians posted a 6-5 record and advanced to the second round of the Class 5 State Playoffs in 2013 with a victory over Oak Park (47-0) in the First Round before losing to Staley (6-38) in the Second Round. Mayfield's junior season of 2012, St. Joseph Central also posted a 6-5 record and advanced to the Second Round of State, defeating Park Hill 39-0 in the First Round and losing to Staley 27-48 in the Second Round. He played for head coach Jeff Wallace.

Mayfield was also recruited by Toledo

Chavez Pownell S 5-11 183 Fr. Tampa, Fla. (Jefferson)

Pronunciation: pow-NELL (Just like it looks)

Chavez Pownell played defensive back and wide receiver at Jefferson High School in Tampa, Fla.. He earned Honorable Mention All-State Class 6A honors as a wide receiver his senior year in voting by Florida newspaper editors and reporters. There are eight classifications in the state of Florida, with Class 8A being the largest and 1A the smallest. His senior season, Pownell was credited with 64 total tackles (41 solo tackles and 23 assists). He also intercepted five passes, broke up another six passes, recovered one fumble, recorded 3.0 tackles for loss and had 1.0 sack. He caught 38 passes for 809 yards and scored six receiving touchdowns. He also had 11 rushing attempts for 110 yards. For his career, he made 134 tackles (76 solo tackles and 58 assists). Pownell helped lead Jefferson High to a 10-2 record and the Second Round of the 2013 Florida Class 6A Playoffs. Jefferson High defeated Largo High 25-17 in the First Round of the State Playoffs before losing to Armwood, 48-52, in the Second Round. He played for head coach Jeremy Earle at Jefferson High School.

Pownell was also recruited by Central Florida and Cincinnati.

Robert Priester CB 5-9 165 Fr. Tampa, Fla. (Robinson)

Pronunciation: PREE-stur

Robert Priester recorded 21 total tackles his senior season (13 solo tackles and eight assists), including 1.0 tackle for a loss, and he had three passes defended. He also caught four passes for 55 yards and one touchdown and added 55 yards in kick returns as a high school senior. Priester ended his high school career with 83 total tackles (59 solo tackles and 24 assists), 3.0 tackles for loss, two interceptions and four passes defended. Offensively, he completed his high school career with 234 receiving yards on 28 receptions and scored four receiving TDs. He also had 747 all-purpose yards in his career, including 325 yards in kickoff returns and 36 career yards returning punts. He played for head coach Shawn Taylor.

Priester was also recruited by Ball State, Florida International and Utah State.

Nick Smith QB 6-4 212 Fr. Merritt Island, Fla. (Merritt Island)

Nick Smith led Merritt Island High School to an 11-1 record in 2013 and the Regional Finals of the Class 5A State Playoffs, falling just one game shy of the State Semifinals. The Mustangs began the season 11-0 before losing in the Regional Finals. Smith was named an Honorable Mention Class 5A All-State honoree his senior season. The All-State team was selected by Florida media editors and reporters. He was also invited to and played for the East Team in the 15th annual Central Florida High School All-Star football game that took place in December 2013. His senior season, he completed 126 of 221 pass attempts for 1,677 yards, threw 14 touchdown passes and eight interceptions. He also had 170 rushing attempts for 679 yards and scored 10 rushing TDs. His junior season, Smith completed 71 of 148 passes for 1,094 yards, 14 TD passes and five interceptions. He added 395 rushing yards on 84 carries and scored six rushing touchdowns. Smith played for head coach Jeff Mclean at Merritt Island High School.

He was also recruited by Buffalo, Florida International and Marshall. His father played football at Clemson University in 1978 and '79. Smith's grandfather, Bob Stransky, was an All-America running back for the University of Colorado in 1957 and later played for the Baltimore Colts and the Denver Broncos. After his professional playing career, Stransky became a long-time coach and teacher within the Denver Public Schools, and he was inducted into the University of Colorado Athletics Hall of Fame in 2010.

Joshua Stanton DE 6-3 240 Fr. Valencia, Calif. (Valencia)

Joshua Stanton will join his older brother, linebacker Jordan Stanton, on the Cowboy Football team. The older Stanton led Wyoming in tackles as a junior in 2013. The younger Stanton is slated to play defensive end for the Cowboys. He helped lead a Valencia High team that posted an 11-3 record on way to an appearance in the CIF Southern Section Northern Division State Championship Game against Hart High School before losing that game 21-28. Valencia captured the Foothill League Championship in 2013, with a perfect 5-0 conference mark. His head coach at Valencia High was Larry Muir.

Born Nov. 5, 1996, Stanton is the youngest of four children of Linda and Darrell Stanton. In addition to his older brother, Jordan, he has another older brother, Darrell Jr., and an older sister, Asia. He was also recruited by San Diego State, Texas State and Utah State.

Cole Turner OL 6-4 285 Fr. Cedar Rapids, Iowa (Xavier)

Cole Turner earned All-Conference honors his senior season, while helping guide his Xavier High School Saints to back-to-back appearances in the Iowa Class 4A State Championship games in 2012 and 2013. Class 4A is the largest classification in the state of Iowa. His senior season, the Xavier Saints posted a 12-2 record, advancing to the State Championship game before losing to Dowling High 13-44. His junior season, Xavier High finished with a 14-1 record and also concluded the season as Runner-up for the 2012 Iowa Class 4A State Championship, losing in the State Championship Game, 17-23, to Ankeny High. Also an outstanding prep wrestler, he is ranked seventh in the state in the 285-pound weight category. Turner played for head coach Duane Schulte. He joins his high school teammate Daniel Vega as a member of the 2014 Wyoming Football recruiting class.

Turner also had recruiting interest from Iowa, Iowa State and Minnesota.

Daniel Vega DT 6-4 260 Fr. Cedar Rapids, Iowa (Xavier)

Daniel Vega was selected to four different First Team All-State Class 4A teams his senior season of 2013, including the Des Moines Register, the Iowa Newspaper Association, the IowaPreps.com and Iowa Sports Spotlight All-State teams. He is ranked by Rivals.com as the No. 10 recruit in the state of Iowa's 2014 signing class. Vega helped guide his Xavier High School Saints to back-to-back appearances in the Iowa Class 4A State Championship games in 2012 and 2013. Class 4A is the largest classification in the state of Iowa. His senior season, the Xavier Saints posted a 12-2 record, advancing to the State Championship game before losing to Dowling High 13-44. His junior season, Xavier High finished with a 14-1 record and also concluded the season as Runner-up for the 2012 Iowa Class 4A State Championship, losing in the State Championship Game, 17-23, to Ankeny High. Vega played for head coach Duane Schulte. He joins his high school teammate Cole Turner as a member of the 2014 Wyoming Football recruiting class.

Vega had recruiting interest from Iowa, Iowa State and Kansas State.

Ryon'e Winters CB 6-0 180 Fr. Grandview, Mo. (Grandview)

Pronunciation: RYE-own

Ryon'e Winters committed to the Wyoming Cowboys after an outstanding high school career. Winters was named Second Team All-State in 2013 by the Missouri Football Coaches Association. He also earned First Team All-District and First Team All-Conference as a defensive back and wide receiver his senior season. He intercepted six passes anf had 5.0 sacks on defense, while accumulating over 1,300 receiving yards, 600 rushing yards and scoring 17 touchdowns, including three kickoff return TDs his senior season. His Grandview High team advanced to the Second Round of the Missouri Class 4 Playoffs in 2013, and ended the season with a 5-6 record. He played for head coach Andy Leech at Grandview High School in Grandview, Mo.

Winters also had recruiting interest from Kansas and Minnesota.

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University of Wyoming Cowboys

2014 Football Signings

Broken Down By State

(As of Feb. 5, 2014)

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Class Hometown (Last School)

Arizona (2)

John Jackson DE 6-2 265 Fr. Oro Valley, Ariz. (Canyon Del Oro)

Sidney Malauulu DT 6-3 280 Fr. Sierra Vista, Ariz. (Buena)

California (4)

Alex Bush LB 6-2 220 Fr. La Habra, Calif. (La Habra)

Nico Evans RB 5-9 177 Fr. Los Angeles, Calif. (Loyola)

Joshua Stanton DE 6-3 240 Fr. Valencia, Calif. (Valencia)

Aaron Young# QB 6-2 208 So. Sacramento, Calif. (ASA CC, N.Y.)

Colorado (2)

Conner Cain DT 6-4 250 Fr. Littleton, Colo. (Heritage)

Ryan Cummings OL 6-5 290 Fr. Littleton, Colo. (Valor Christian)

Florida (4)

C.J. Jennings CB 5-10 175 Fr. Orlando, Fla. (Jones)

Chavez Pownell S 5-11 183 Fr. Tampa, Fla. (Jefferson)

Robert Priester CB 5-9 165 Fr. Tampa, Fla. (Robinson)

Nick Smith QB 6-4 212 Fr. Merritt Island, Fla. (Merritt Island)

Idaho (1)

Richard Bettencourt* OL 6-3 290 Fr. Meridian, Idaho (Meridian)

Illinois (1)

Brian Hill RB 6-1 210 Fr. Belleville, Ill. (Belleville West)

Iowa (2)

Cole Turner OL 6-4 285 Fr. Cedar Rapids, Iowa (Xavier)

Daniel Vega DT 6-4 260 Fr. Cedar Rapids, Iowa (Xavier)

Missouri (3)

Brinkley Jolly TE 6-5 230 Fr. Liberty, Mo. (Liberty North)

Tyree Mayfield TE 6-3 212 Fr. St. Joseph, Mo. (Central)

Ryon'e Winters CB 6-0 180 Fr. Grandview, Mo. (Grandview)

Oregon (1)

Jacob Hollister# TE 6-4 230 So. Bend, Ore. (Arizona Western CC, Ariz.)

Tennessee (1)

Grant Lewis TE 6-5 225 Fr. Memphis, Tenn. (White Station)

Wyoming (1)

Austin Fort QB 6-4 210 Fr. Gillette, Wyo. (Campbell County)

* High School signees who enrolled at UW for the 2014 spring semester

# Junior College signees who enrolled at UW for the 2014 spring semester

University of Wyoming Cowboys

2014 Football Signings

Broken Down By Position

(As of Feb. 5, 2014)

Offense (12)

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Class Hometown (Last School)

Quarterbacks (3)

Austin Fort QB 6-4 210 Fr. Gillette, Wyo. (Campbell County)

Nick Smith QB 6-4 212 Fr. Merritt Island, Fla. (Merritt Island)

Aaron Young# QB 6-2 208 So. Sacramento, Calif. (ASA CC, N.Y.)

Running Backs (2)

Nico Evans RB 5-9 177 Fr. Los Angeles, Calif. (Loyola)

Brian Hill RB 6-1 210 Fr. Belleville, Ill. (Belleville West)

Tight Ends (4)

Jacob Hollister# TE 6-4 230 So. Bend, Ore. (Arizona Western CC, Ariz.)

Brinkley Jolly TE 6-5 230 Fr. Liberty, Mo. (Liberty North)

Grant Lewis TE 6-5 225 Fr. Memphis, Tenn. (White Station)

Tyree Mayfield TE 6-3 212 Fr. St. Joseph, Mo. (Central)

Offensive Linemen (3)

Richard Bettencourt* OL 6-3 290 Fr. Meridian, Idaho (Meridian)

Ryan Cummings OL 6-5 290 Fr. Littleton, Colo. (Valor Christian)

Cole Turner OL 6-4 285 Fr. Cedar Rapids, Iowa (Xavier)

Defense (10)

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Class Hometown (Last School)

Defensive Line (5)

Conner Cain DT 6-4 250 Fr. Littleton, Colo. (Heritage)

John Jackson DE 6-2 265 Fr. Oro Valley, Ariz. (Canyon Del Oro)

Sidney Malauulu DT 6-3 280 Fr. Sierra Vista, Ariz. (Buena)

Joshua Stanton DE 6-3 240 Fr. Valencia, Calif. (Valencia)

Daniel Vega DT 6-4 260 Fr. Cedar Rapids, Iowa (Xavier)

Linebackers (1)

Alex Bush LB 6-2 220 Fr. La Habra, Calif. (La Habra)

Secondary (4)

C.J. Jennings CB 5-10 175 Fr. Orlando, Fla. (Jones)

Chavez Pownell S 5-11 183 Fr. Tampa, Fla. (Jefferson)

Robert Priester CB 5-9 165 Fr. Tampa, Fla. (Robinson)

Ryon'e Winters CB 6-0 180 Fr. Grandview, Mo. (Grandview)

* High School signees who enrolled at UW for the 2014 spring semester

# Junior College signees who enrolled at UW for the 2014 spring semester


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