Feb. 5, 2003
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
University of Wyoming head football coach Joe Glenn announced his 2003 class of football signings on Wednesday. This year's class, Glenn's first at Wyoming, is made up of 18 signees -- one junior college transfer and 17 high school student-athletes.
"This is a great group of kids," said Glenn. "Considering we got a little bit of a late start, I'm really pleased with the quality of young men we were able to attract. Our coaching staff worked around the clock --evaluating and recruiting -- they did a great job.
"I would also like to thank our current players. They did an outstanding job of hosting the new recruits when they came on campus. I have no doubt that a big reason we were able to sign the quality young men that we did was due to the positive way our existing players approached this recruiting season. That shows me that our team is already competing for next season, trying to get the best players in here as their teammates so that we can get better. To me that was special, I was very impressed by their attitude.
"Our focus in recruiting was simply to get the best young men at every position that we could find. We feel we got some great players. We evaluate players as a staff. We watch the recruiting tapes together as a staff. By the time we get done evaluating a player and make the decision to offer him a scholarship, you can believe we feel he's a football player. These kids are good football players, everyone of them."
The 2003 Wyoming signing class included seven offensive players, 10 defensive players and one special teams member.
Wyoming signed multiple players from Colorado, California and Arizona. The state of Colorado led the way with seven signees, followed by California with five and two signees from Arizona. UW signed one player each from the states of Wyoming, Minnesota, Montana and Washington.
"One position we felt like we needed immediate help was at linebacker, and Randy Tscharner is a guy who can come in and help us right away," said Glenn. "He was an All-California selection in junior college. He's a tough kid, and was an important addition to our program."
Tscharner completed his associate of arts degree at Santa Rosa Junior College in Santa Rosa, Calif., this past fall semester. That enabled the 6-3, 230-pound junior to enroll at UW in January. He will have the advantage of participating in spring drills with the Cowboys. Spring Football for Wyoming is scheduled to begin the final weekend in March. All other Cowboy signees will join the Wyoming Football program in the fall of 2003.
Wednesday was the first day that high-school student-athletes could sign national letters of intent. The signing period for NCAA college football programs runs through April 1, 2003.