Wyoming's First Parade All-American and Two Gatorade Players of the Year Highlight UW's 2015 Football Recruiting Class

Feb. 4, 2015

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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The 2015 University of Wyoming Football recruiting class is one to remember. Included among the 23 players announced by Wyoming head coach Craig Bohl on Wednesday was the first Wyoming football recruit in history to be named to the Parade All-American Team. That was running back Kellen Overstreet from Hamilton, Mo. Also included among this year's Cowboy signing class were two individuals who were named Gatorade Player of the Year for their home states of Nebraska and Colorado. Those two were C.J. Johnson from Omaha, Neb., and Andrew Wingard from Arvada, Colo.

Several members of Wyoming's 2015 recruiting class received high rankings from a variety of recruiting services. The Cowboys had nine players receive three-star ratings from 247Sports.com, which is affiliated with CBSSports.com. ESPN.com awarded five Cowboy recruits with three-star ratings, and Rivals.com rated four Wyoming recruits as three-star recruits.

Wyoming's two junior-college signees -- quarterback Josh Allen from Reedley College in Reedley, Calif., and defensive end Tavita Faaiu from City College of San Francisco in California -- both were rated as three-star recruits.

Five members of the 2015 Cowboy recruiting class helped lead their high school teams to state titles in their senior seasons. Josh Harshman and Logan Wilson of Casper's Natrona County High School captured the Wyoming Class 4A State Championship. Christian Irving and his American Heritage High team in Plantation, Fla., won the Florida Class 5A State Championship. Kevin Jackson of Nazareth Academy in LaGrange, Ill., won the Illinois Class 6A State title, and Joseph Parker of Cherry Creek High School in Denver, Colo., won the Colorado Class 5A State Championship.

"This class represents the first year we have been able to implement a full cycle of our recruiting efforts," said Bohl. "We entered this recruiting year with the intentions of filling our class with young men who fit what we call the 'Wyoming Profile'. The 'Wyoming Profile' is a young man who wants to get a meaningful degree from the University of Wyoming, win a Mountain West Conference Championship and have a laser-like focus in accomplishing those two goals.

"I can tell you that the response we received from recruits across the country really shows how they are buying into the direction of our program, they recognize the proud tradition of the University of Wyoming and believe we are in step with bringing that great tradition back here.

"We believe our class this year represents a very competitive group of players who were part of winning football teams. We feel like we need to establish a more competitive nature within our program and these young men certainly do that. Along with that, there is a lot of speed and athleticism in this class.

"We did recruit more players to play defense because we felt like we needed to shore up our special teams and the defensive side of our football team.

"There are young men in this class from a variety of areas around the country, but they all came here with the same goals -- to win a Mountain West Conference Championship and get a meaningful degree from Wyoming.

"This is a year-long effort and a collective effort. Not only was it a great job by our recruiting coordinator, Gordie Haug, who organized this process but by all our assistant coaches who logged many, many miles late at night, early in the morning, building relationships, attending high school games, evaluating tape. This is the fruit of the labor of a whole lot of people."

The class breakdown includes two junior-college signees and 21 high school seniors.

Eleven different states were represented in this year's Cowboy recruiting class, including players from the states of Wyoming, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Washington.

The class was weighted heavier on defense than offense with 14 recruits projected to play on the defensive side of the ball for the Cowboys, while nine are slated at offensive positions.

The accomplishments of the 2015 University of Wyoming recruiting class make it one of the top classes the Cowboys have signed in history. Those accomplishments are detailed on the following pages.

2015 Wyoming High School Recruits Receiving National Recognition and State Gatorade Player of the Year Awards
∙Kellen Overstreet was named to the 2015 Parade All-American First Team. He is the first University of Wyoming recruit in history to be named to the Parade All-American Team. Overstreet was one of only three running backs and one of only 27 high school football players in the nation named to the team. He was also named to the 2014 MaxPreps Small Schools All-America Team. Overstreet was rated a three-star recruit and ranked as the 18th top recruit in the state of Missouri by 247Sports.com. ESPN.com also rated him a three-star recruit and the No. 22 overall recruit in the state of Missouri. He ranked No. 2 in the nation in rushing yards in 2014, with 4,259 yards on 401 carries. His 4,259 rushing yards ranked as the fourth best all-time single-season total in national high school football history and set a state of Missouri single-season record. He set a new career rushing record for the state of Missouri, concluding his four-year career with 9,475 career rushing yards.

∙C.J. Johnson was ranked as the No. 3 overall recruit in the state of Nebraska by Rivals.com in 2014. He was ranked as the No. 4 overall recruit in Nebraska by both ESPN.com and 247Sports.com. All three recruiting sites ranked him as a three-star recruit. He was selected to the All-Nebraska First Team for all classifications by the Omaha World-Herald for the second consecutive season. He was also elected to the Lincoln Journal-Star Super State First Team for all classifications. Named the Nebraska Gatorade Player of the Year for 2014. His father, Clester Johnson, was the Nebraska Gatorade Player of the Year in 1991 at Bellevue West High and went on to letter for the Nebraska Cornhuskers as a wingback from 1993-95. According to the Gatorade archives, the two became the first father-son football recipients in the national history of the Gatorade State Player of the Year awards.

∙Andrew Wingard was selected as the 2014 Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Colorado. He was named to the 2014 All-Colorado Team as a running back by The Denver Post. The All-Colorado team consisted of the Top 32 players in the state of Colorado in 2014, and included all classifications. Wingard also earned First Team All-State Class 5A honors at running back from The Denver Post in 2014. He was named First Team All-State Class 5A as a running back, defensive back and return specialist as presented by the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAANow.com), ColoradoPreps.com and MaxPreps.com. The CHSAA team was selected by Colorado high school coaches. Class 5A is the largest classification in the state of Colorado. He was ranked as the 15th best overall recruit in the state of Colorado by 247Sports.com.

2015 Wyoming Junior College Recruit Highlights
∙Josh Allen, a junior college quarterback from Reedley College in California, received a three-star rating from 247Sports.com.

∙Tavita Faaiu was rated as a three-star recruit by 247Sports.com, and was named First Team All-State by the California Community College Football Coaches Association as a defensive end at City College of San Francisco, Calif.

2015 Wyoming High School Recruit Highlights
∙Skylor Clinton was named an Honorable Mention selection to the 2014 American Family Insurance All-Arizona Division II Football Team.

∙Dameko Doddles was ranked as the No. 14 overall recruit in the state of Oklahoma by ESPN.com, and was rated as a three-star recruit by ESPN. He was also ranked as the No. 15 overall recruit in the state of Oklahoma by Rivals.com, and Rivals rated him as a three-star recruit. Doddles was named to the Tulsa World First Team All-State team for all classifications.

∙Davion Freeman received a three-star rating from 247Sports.com.

∙Youhanna Ghaifan was ranked by Rivals.com as the No. 6 overall recruit in the state of Nebraska. Ghaifan was selected to the All-Nebraska First Team for all classifications by the Omaha World-Herald his senior season of 2014. He was also named to the Lincoln Journal-Star Super State First Team for all classifications.

∙Carl Granderson played for one of the top high schools in the state of California, Grant High School in Sacramento, Calif. Granderson helped lead Grant to 14-1 record and the 2014 California Section Championship. The Pacers advanced to the 2014 Regional Championship game before losing their first game of the season, just one game shy of the California Division 1 State Championship Game. Division 1 is the largest classification in the state.

∙Josh Harshman was named to the 2014 Casper Star-Tribune Super 25 Team, and was named the Super 25 Defensive Player of the Year. He was a unanimous selection to the 2014 Wyoming Coaches Association Class 4A All-State team as both a linebacker and an at-large selection on offense. Harshman was named to the same All-State team on both offense and defense as a junior in 2013. He helped lead Natrona County High School to an undefeated season and the 2014 Class 4A State Championship.

∙Antonio Hull was ranked by 247Sports.com as a three-star recruit.

∙Christian Irving was ranked as a three-star recruit by 247Sports.com. He helped lead American Heritage High School in Plantation, Fla., to the Florida Class 5A State Championship in 2014.

∙Kaden Jackson was named to the 2014 First Team All-State teams as on offensive lineman by both The Daily Oklahoman and the Tulsa World. Ranked by 247Sports.com as the No. 28 best recruit at all positions in the state of Oklahoma.

∙Kevin Jackson helped lead Nazareth Academy in LaGrange, Ill., to a perfect 14-0 season and the 2014 Illinois Class 6A State Championship.

∙Harry Momoh was ranked by Rivals.com as the No. 6 overall recruit in the state of Minnesota in 2014 and was rated a three-star recruit by Rivals.

∙Justice Murphy was rated as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, ESPN.com and 247Sports.com. Murphy was ranked by ESPN.com as the No. 13 overall recruit in the state of Washington.

∙Joseph Parker was ranked as the 14th best overall recruit in the state of Colorado by 247Sports.com. He helped lead Cherry Creek High School to the 2014 Class 5A State Championship.

∙James Price earned First Team All-State Class 4A in the state of Washington from the Associated Press in 2014. Class 4A is the largest classification in Washington. He was ranked as the No. 24 overall recruit in the state of Washington by 247Sports.com.

∙Kevin Prosser was ranked as the 12th best overall recruit in the state of Colorado by 247Sports.com.

∙Zach Wallace was rated by ESPN.com as a three-star recruit and the No. 44 overall recruit in the state of Illinois. He was one of only 18 players to be named to the 2014 Illinois All-State Class 7A team by the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association. Class 7A is the second largest classification in the state of Illinois.

∙Jaylon Watson was ranked by 247Sports.com as the No. 28 best overall recruit in the state of Oklahoma in 2014.

∙Logan Wilson was selected to the 2014 Casper Star-Tribune Super 25 Team. He was named to the Wyoming Coaches Association Class 4A All-State team as a defensive back and wide receiver in both 2013 and 2014, and was selected to the same All-State team as a punter for three consecutive seasons in 2012 and '13 and was a unanimous selection in 2014. As a defensive back, wide receiver and punter, he helped lead Natrona County to an undefeated season and the 2014 Class 4A State Championship.

The national letter-of-intent signing period for football began on Wednesday, Feb. 4 and will conclude on Wednesday, April 1.