Dimel Announces 1999 Football Signings

February 3, 1999

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

Quotes from Wyoming Head Coach Dana Dimel regarding Wyomings 1999 football recruiting class:

"We are very pleased with this class. We always looking for individuals with the right fit, outstanding student-athletes who will be happy here. We feel the individuals in this class are a great fit.

"A key area of recruiting emphasis for us was the state of Wyoming. We are very pleased with the four individuals we have signed from the state. They are guys who grew up in Wyoming, and who will be anxious to be involved in the rivalry games our new conference will provide.

"This was a speed year for us. We went out and recruited individuals with speed for their positions. The first year we recruited speed. Last year we went for size. This year the emphasis was on speed again.

"We emphasized the positions of wide receiver, defensive back and linebacker. I think the best overall position of this class is linebacker where we recruited three outstanding players.

"Our most success came out of the states of Wyoming, Texas and Northern California.

"As far as our top recruits from this class. . .I would say that Curtis Staley (linebacker, Keller, Texas); junior college transfer Jean Dugas (cornerback, Mayde Creek, Tex.); Brandon Casavan (defensive end, Grand Forks, N.D.) and John Levingston (cornerback, Dallas, Tex.) might have the best chance to help the team the quickest.

"With 70 scholarship players in the program, we didnt really have an immediate need to fill the two deep. We have the luxury of not having to throw this class right into the fire. Many members of this class will probably redshirt."


University of Wyoming Cowboys 1999 Football Signings(Alphabetical, As of Feb. 3, 1999)

Breakdown: Junior-College Signees (2) High-School Signees (13) Totals (15)

Junior-College Players (2)

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Class Hometown (Last School) Jean Dugas CB 5-10 185 Jr. Mayde Creek, Texas (Blinn Community College)Nate Scott WR 6-1 190 Jr. Weed, Calif. (College of the Siskiyous)

High-School Players (13)

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Class Hometown (Last School) Casey Adams DE 6-5 205 Fr. Laramie, Wyo. (Laramie)Joe Anderson DE 6-3 225 Fr. Fort Morgan, Colo. (Fort Morgan)Tyrice Bradley LB 6-3 230 Fr. Sacramento, Calif. (Laguna Creek)Casey Bramlet QB 6-3 180 Fr. Wheatland, Wyo. (Wheatland)Brandon Casavan DE 6-5 235 Fr. Grand Forks, N.D. (Red River)Jacque Finn S 6-3 175 Fr. Casper, Wyo. (Natrona)Malcom Floyd WR 6-6 190 Fr. Sacramento, Calif. (River City)Monty Frier LB 6-4 225 Fr. Newbern, Tenn. (Dyer County)Eric Haley WR 6-4 200 Fr. Englewood, Colo. (Cherry Creek)John Levingston, Jr. CB 6-2 185 Fr. Dallas, Texas (South Oak Cliff)Ryan McGuffey WR 6-1 170 Fr. Riverton, Wyo. (Riverton)Tam Pruitt DL 6-3 260 Fr. Arlington, Texas (Martin)Curtis Staley LB 6-3 195 Fr. Keller, Texas (Keller)

University of Wyoming 1999 Football Signees(Alphabetical, As of Feb. 3, 1999)

Junior-College Players (Who Will Enroll at Wyoming in the Fall of 1999)

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

Jean Dugas, CB, 5-10, 185, Jr., Mayde Creek, Texas (Blinn Community College)

Jean Dugas comes to Wyoming from Blinn Community College in Brenham,Texas. An excellent cover man, Dugas played in one of the topjunior-college leagues in the country, the Southwest Football Conference,while at Blinn Community College. An All-Conference honoree his sophomoreseason, Dugas had two interceptions for 42 yards, four passes broken up,made 22 tackles (eight solo and 14 assists) and caused one fumble. Runs a4.4 40-yard dash. The son of Jackie and Al Dugas, he played for coachEverett Todd at Blinn Community College. Dugas was also recruited byBrigham Young, Iowa State and San Jose State.

Nate Scott, WR, 6-1, 190, Jr., Weed, Calif. (College of Siskiyous)

Nate Scott played the last two seasons at College of the Siskiyous,a junior college, in Weed, Calif. Scott was an All-Conference honoree as arunning back in '98. A two-year starter in junior college, Scott rushed for868 yards and six touchdowns on 136 carries last season. His freshmanseason, Scott rushed for 450 yards and two TDs on 111 carries. As areceiver, he caught eight passes for 90 yards as a sophomore, and had 12catches for 54 yards as a freshman. He also returned kickoffs his freshmanseason -- eight for 175 yards. Runs a 4.5 40-yard dash. The son of MarshaWiliams, coached in junior college by Greg Gatlin. Scott was also recruitedby San Diego State.

University of Wyoming Football High-School Signees

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

Casey Adams, DE, 6-5, 205, Fr., Laramie, Wyo. (Laramie)

Casey Adams was one of the top players in the state of Wyoming thisyear. Adams was named First Team All-State as a linebacker, and was namedto the Casper Star-Tribune's Super 25 team. He helped lead Laramie to a 9-1record and the State Championship game, finishing as the state runnerup. Inaddition to his honors as a linebacker, Adams was selected Honorable MentionAll-Conference as a tight end and return specialist. His senior season, hemade a total of 65 tackles (30 solo and 35 assists), two tackles for losses,two interceptions and broke up two passes. An extremely versatile athlete,Adams had three catches for 72 yards, one rush on a reverse for 13 yards,six punt returns for 120 yards and six kick-off returns for 252 yards. Inaddition to his success on the football field, he earned Honorable MentionAll-Conference honors in basketball as a junior. He placed fourth in the300-meter hurdles, fifth in the 110-meter hurdles, seventh in the 4x400meter relay and 10th in the triple jump at the state track meet a year ago.Adams has been a student council representative and vice president of theFuture Business Leaders of America. The son of Marcy Turner and Mike Adams,he was coached in high school by John Deti. He was also recruited by Idahoand Montana.

Joe Anderson, DE, 6-3, 225, Fr., Fort Morgan, Colo. (Fort Morgan)

Joe Anderson follows in the footsteps of current Wyoming CowboyJason Dreessen, who came to Wyoming from Fort Morgan High School. A FirstTeam All-State selection by both The Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News,Anderson was twice named his team's Defensive MVP, and he led his highschool team in sacks three consecutive seasons, including 14.5 sacks hissenior year. He played both linebacker and defensive end in high school,and led his Fort Morgan team to a 12-1 record his senior season beforelosing in the 3A state semifinals. Anderson will play in the ColoradoAll-Star Game this summer. An outstanding shot putter, he placed fifth instate as a junior, and is the highest returning state placer in the shot putentering his senior season. A member of the Spanish Club at his highschool, he also plays the cello in orchestra. The son of Mary Jeanne andDave Anderson, he was coached in high school by Rick Kahl. He was alsorecruited by Arizona, Colorado State, Colorado, Iowa and Oregon.

Tyrice Bradley, LB, 6-3, 230, Fr., Sacramento, Calif. (Laguna Creek)

Tyrice Bradley was an All-League and All-Metro selection at LagunaCreek High School in Sacramento, Calif., this past year. Named his team'sDefensive MVP, Bradley will play in the City of Sacramento Optimist All-Stargame this coming summer. Has excellent size for a linebacker. Named FirstTeam at the Reebok Northern California Strength Training Combine in thesummer of 1998. The son of Stephanie and Julius Davis, he was coached inhigh school by Lew Lassetter. Bradley was also recruited by Colorado Stateand Nevada.

Casey Bramlet, QB, 6-3, 180, Fr., Wheatland, Wyo. (Wheatland)

Casey Bramlet was an All-State and Casper Star-Tribune Super 25selection as a quarterback his senior year of high school. Bramletcompleted 134 of 254 passes (.528) his senior season for 2,264 yards, 21touchdowns and threw only 12 interceptions. During his two-year career asthe starting quarterback at Wheatland High School, he completed 212 of 425passes (.499) for 3,720 yards, 33 TDs and only 17 interceptions. On thebasketball court, Bramlet was an All-Conference and All-State selection as ajunior, leading Wheatland to a fourth-place finish in the Wyoming StateTournament. This basketball season, he has led his team to a 10-1 recordand a No. 1 ranking in the state. Bramlet also competes in track and field.As a sophomore, he placed sixth at state in the high jump -- last year as ajunior, he placed third. He also runs the 110-meter hurdles. An excellentstudent, Bramlet is a member of the National Honor Society. The son of Jilland Tom Bramlet, he was coached in high school by Bill Pentland. Alsorecruited by Colorado State.

Brandon Casavan, DE, 6-5, 235, Fr., Grand Forks, N.D. (Red River)

Brandon Casavan was an All-Conference and All-City selection at RedRiver High School in Grand Forks, N.D. He will be playing in the NorthDakota vs. Montana All-Star Game in the summer of 1999. He was also namedas the City Defensive Player of the Year as a senior defensive end/defensivetackle. Last season, Brandon made 81 total tackles, 35 solos and 46assists. He also recorded eight sacks, nine tackles for a loss and forcedthree fumbles. He didn't start playing football until his sophomore seasonof high school. He also played on the basketball team all four years. Theson of Mary and Art Casavan, he was coached in high school by Paul Peterson.Casavan was also recruited by Minnesota and Montana State.

Jacque Finn, S, 6-3, 175, Fr., Casper, Wyo. (Natrona)

Jacque Finn was named to the Wyoming All-State team and CasperStar-Tribune Super 25. Finn was also named his conference's Back of theYear. An extremely versatile athlete, Finn played quarterback, cornerback,safety and wide receiver. He led his Natrona County High School Team to thestate playoffs his senior season. Also an accomplished basketball player,he considered playing basketball at the NCAA Division I level, as well. Heentered his senior season in basketball having already earned All-Statehonors each of the past two seasons. On the basketball court, his NatronaHigh team finished fourth in the State Tournament his sophomore season.Finn also runs track, participating in the 100 and 400 meters, high jump anddiscus. The son of Joni Greer and Mike Finn, his high school football coachwas Steve Harshman. Finn was also recruited by Utah State.

Malcom Floyd, WR, 6-6, 190, Fr., Sacramento, Calif. (River City)

Malcom Floyd had an outstanding high school football career at RiverCity High School in Sacramento, Calif. Floyd was named the Offensive MVPfor his league, and was a Sacramento All-Metro selection. He played widereceiver and safety, and also returned punts and kickoffs. Floyd will beplaying in the City of Sacramento Optimist All-Star game this coming summer.Floyd will also be participating in track and field this coming spring. Hewill compete in the 400-meters, high jump, long jump and relays. Alsoactive in his community, Floyd is secretary for his Seavey Circle YouthGroup, and is active in fund-raising for civic projects. The son of Lea andJames Floyd, he was coached in high school by Dennis McIntyre. Floyd had anolder brother (also named Malcom) who played at Fresno State and then wenton play for the Houston Oilers from 1994-97. Runs a 4.5 40-yard dash.Floyd was also recruited by Colorado State, Nevada, Oregon, San Jose State,Stanford, Texas A&M and UCLA.

Monty Frier, LB, 6-4, 225, Fr., Newbern, Tenn. (Dyer County)

Monty Frier was a two-way standout as a defensive end and runningback at Dyer County High School in Newbern, Tenn. He was named First TeamAll-Region and First Team All-West Tennessee. Frier also was an HonorableMention All-State selection in Tennessee. His senior season, Frier made 88tackles, had 10 tackles for losses and one quarterback sack, broke up twopasses, forced one fumble and recovered one fumble. He rushed for 1,276yards and 10 touchdowns in '98, and scored eight two-point conversions.Frier led his Dyer County team to a 7-4 record, advancing to the first roundof the state playoffs. He also runs track. The son of Patty Ivie and LarryFrier, he was coached in high school by Lynn Garner. He was also recruitedby Memphis, Mississippi and Tulane.

Eric Haley, WR, 6-4, 200, Fr., Englewood, Colo. (Cherry Creek)

Eric Haley is the next in a long line of former Cherry Creek HighSchool players to attend Wyoming. Former Cowboy center Rob Rathbun, andcurrent Cowboys Pat Hutchinson and Matt Klotz are a few of the other formerCherry Creek High players to continue their careers in Laramie. Haley wasan All-Conference selection as a senior, helping lead his Cherry Creek squadto an 11-3 record and a spot in the Colorado State Championship game wherethey finished as the runner-up for the state title. Also an outstandingtrack and field athlete, Haley runs both the 200 and 400-meters. As ayouth, he also competed as a Junior Olympian Alpine Skier. The son of Karenand Duane Haley, he was coached in high school by Mike Woolford. Haley wasalso recruited by Colorado State and Iowa State, and also consideredattending the Air Force Academy.

John Levingston, Jr., CB, 6-2, 185, Fr., Dallas, Texas (South Oak Cliff)

John Levingston was a First Team All-District selection as a freesafety at South Oak Cliff High School in Dallas, Texas. A team captain hissenior season, he helped lead his team to the District Championship andfirst round of the state playoffs. As a junior, his South Oak Cliff teamposted a 10-1 record, losing their only game in the first round of the stateplayoffs. Levingston was also named his squad's Defensive MVP his seniorseason. An accomplished basketball player, he earned Second TeamAll-District honors as a junior. Levingston was also a member of the StateChampionship 4x400 relay team his junior season, and advanced to theRegionals in the 400 meters. He is active in the PALS Community Serviceorganization and the Spanish Honor Society. The son of Gwen and JohnLevingston, Sr., he was coached in high school by J.B. Wallace. Alsorecruited by Arkansas State and Louisiana Tech.

Ryan McGuffey, WR, 6-1, 170, FR., Riverton, Wyo. (Riverton)

Ryan McGuffey comes to Wyoming as both an All-State football playerand National Honor Society member at Riverton High School in Riverton, Wyo.McGuffey was named to the Casper Star-Tribune's Super 25 this past season asa wide receiver and defensive back. He also was a return specialist in highschool. McGuffey was named the 3A East Conference Player of the Year as asenior. He is an outstanding basketball and track athlete. The son ofJanelle and Martin McGuffey, he was coached in high school by Don Julian.McGuffey was also recruited by Montana, Northern Arizona and Utah State.

Tam Pruitt, DL, 6-3, 260, Fr., Arlington, Texas (James Martin)

Tam Pruitt was a unanimous Class 5A First Team All-District 7selection both his junior and senior seasons at James Martin High School inArlington, Texas. Pruitt also was named to the Dallas Morning News Top 100College Prospects list and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram Preseason "DreamTeam". A team captain as a senior, he was a three-year starter on theoffensive and defensive lines. As a junior, Pruitt was part of a team thatposted an 8-3 record and advanced to the second round of the Texas StatePlayoffs. Named Martin High School's Offensive Player of the Year as anoffensive lineman his senior season, he was coached by I.C. Little. The sonof Lynn and Steve Pruitt, his dad played football at Rice. He was alsorecruited by Oklahoma State, UNLV and UTEP.

Curtis Staley, LB, 6-3, 195, Fr., Keller, Texas (Keller)

Curtis Staley may be one of the most heavily recruited members ofthis year's Wyoming recruiting class. He was named to both the State ofTexas Top 100 Prospects list and the Dallas-Fort Worth Top 75 Players list.Staley accounted for 135 tackles last year at Keller High School outsideFort Worth, Texas. He was named the Texas Class 4A District 11 Player ofthe Year. He was also an All-District and Northeast County First Teamselection as a linebacker and tight end. Staley has high jumped 6' 8". Theson of Terri and Ronny Staley, coached in high school by Jerry Sanders.Staley was also recruited by Colorado State, Kentucky, Missouri, Texas A&Mand TCU.