Cowboy Recruiting Class Places Emphasis on Size, Numbers

Feb. 7, 2001

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LARAMIE, Wyo. - With an emphasis on a bigger, morephysical student-athlete, Wyoming Head Coach Vic Koenning introduced hissecond recruiting class on Wednesday.

The Cowboys inked a total of 28 student-athletes -- 25 high schoolsignees, two junior-college transfers and one transfer from anotherfour-year institution. The 25 high school student-athletes include threesignings that will not enroll at UW until January of 2002. Whilejunior-college transfers dominated Koenning's first class a year ago, thisyear's group included just two. "Last year we did not have a choice but tofill our needs with older guys," Koenning said. " This year we emphasizedhigh school players. We identified some very definite needs, and I think wewere able to fill those needs."

Koenning said those needs focused on linemen and defensive backs,where the Cowboys lacked numbers a year ago. "Our depth was poor in thesecondary and in both lines," he said, "so our goal was to sign a lot ofstudent athletes in both areas. We wanted to establish more numbers inthose positions.

"Our recruiting emphasis was to sign individuals who were interestedin academics," Koenning continued, "and I'm very happy to say we did that.The average GPA of this class is 3.1. All have achieved academically, andall understand what it means to be a Wyoming Cowboy.

"We also decided to sign individuals no matter who else wasrecruiting them. We were not going to back off of anyone just because ofwho was after them. We certainly won our share of battles, and I'm proud ofthat. Everyone on campus did so much to help us, especially our professors.Sure, we lost a couple battles, but considering the schools we wererecruiting against, that happens. I'm very happy with my staff, and theireffort. They worked very hard, and put together an outstanding class.

"I also want to commend the individuals in our program. Theattitude and togetherness of this team went a long way toward attractingthese student-athletes to Wyoming.

University of Wyoming2001-02 Football Signees(Alphabetical, As of Feb. 7, 2001)University of Wyoming Football High-School Signees

NamePos. Ht. Wt. Class Hometown (Last School)

Brandon AveryOL 6-5 260 Fr. Gretna, Neb. (Gretna) Brandon Avery was a Second Team Super State selection as anoffensive lineman in Nebraska. The Super State team is made up of playersfrom all classes in Nebraska. He was also an All-State Class B performer,the second largest class in Nebraska. Avery was a First Team All-District,All-Conference and All-Area selection as well. A three-year starter forcoach Todd Mueller, Avery's teams were 27-5 in his career, including a tripto the state semifinals his sophomore year. Avery also earned letters inwrestling and in track as a discus thrower. He was also recruited by NewMexico State, Nebraska, Northwestern and Iowa State.

Matt BelsheQB 6-2 213 Fr. Show Low, Ariz. (Show Low) Matt Belshe threw for over 2,300 yards his junior and senior seasonsat Show Low High School in Show Low, Ariz. In an offense that featured therun, Belshe ran for 560 yards his senior year in leading Show Low to thestate semifinals. As a senior he was a First Team All-Region selection as aquarterback and was an Honorable Mention All-State selection as both aquarterback and a linebacker. As a linebacker Belshe was fourth on the teamin tackles his senior year. He was also selected as his team's offensiveMVP as a senior for head coach Tim Slade. He is the son of Joan and ChuckBelshe. He was also recruited by Arizona and Brigham Young.

Jacob BondeDE 6-4 270 Fr. Greenwood Village, Colo. (Cherry Creek) Jacob Bonde was a Second Team All-Conference selection as a seniorat Cherry Creek High School. He led his team with nine sacks and alsorecorded 50 tackles. He also added three fumble recoveries for head coachRocky Martin. Bonde comes to Wyoming with great size and has room tomature. He also lettered in wrestling and competed in baseball during thesummer. He is the son of Debbie and Michael Bonde. He was also recruitedby Arizona and Colorado State.

Jovon BouknightATH 6-1 180 Fr. Denver, Colo. (Manual) Jovon Bouknight was a First Team All-City quarterback at Manual HighSchool in Denver. He was also a Second Team All-City defensive back as asafety. He was an All-State selection at quarterback and was the OffensiveMVP at Manual. In his senior year he passed for over 1,500 yards and had 17touchdown passes. He also rushed for 560 yards in a run-n-shoot offense forhead coach Nate Howard. Bouknight also earned letters in basketball andtrack, where he runs the 400. He was also recruited by Colorado State andNew Mexico State.

Corey BramletQB 6-4 195 Fr. Wheatland, Wyo. (Wheatland) Corey Bramlet was an All-State and All-Conference performer as ajunior and a senior at Wheatland High School. Bramlet will join his brotherCasey, who will be a sophomore in the fall, on the Cowboy Football team atthe quarterback position. He was named to the Casper Star-Tribune Super 25.As a senior he completed 94-of-203 passes for 1,553 yards and 15 touchdownsin six games, including 766 yards passing in his last two games. He brokehis brother Casey's records for single-game completions, attempts and yardswhen he went 29-of-56 for 467 yards against Rawlins as a senior. As ajunior he was 104-of-189 for 1,553 yards and 12 touchdowns in eight games.He was coached in high school by Paul Miller. He is also an outstandingbasketball player and holds the Wheatland High School track and field recordin the discus. He was also recruited by Colorado State, Colorado, MontanaState and Montana. He is the son of Jill and Tom Bramlet.

C.R. DavisRB 6-1 180 Fr. Phoenix, Ariz. (Moon Valley) C.R. Davis was a First Team All-State selection at running back atMoon Valley High School in Phoenix. He was a two-time First Team All-Regionperformer and was a three-year starter for head coach Roger Britson. As asenior he rushed for 1,856 yards and 22 touchdowns on 400 carries in 10games. He holds three Arizona state single-game records, eight touchdownsin one game against Washington High School in a 66-30 victory, 50 points inone game, and carried the ball 52 times, which he did on three separateoccasions. As a junior he rushed for 1,100 yards and 15 touchdowns. Hefinished his high school career with 3,572 yards and 45 touchdowns. He wasalso team captain. He also competes in track where he runs a 10.7 100 and a49.8 400. An outstanding student he was a member of the National HonorSociety and was on the honor roll with a 3.96 grade-point average. He alsoparticipated in student council. He is the son of Brenda and Reg Davis. Hewas also recruited by Utah, Colorado State, UTEP, Texas Tech and WashingtonState.

Phillip DrakesRB 5-10 185 Fr. Waco, Texas (La Vega) Phillip Drakes was a three-year starter at running back at La VegaHigh School. He earned First Team All-District honors his junior and seniorseasons. His sophomore year La Vega reached the Texas State 3A regionalfinals. Drakes is an honor roll student who also participated in basketballand track. He was coached by Willie Williams in high school. He was alsorecruited by Tulsa, North Texas and Sam Houston State.

Dan FisherTE 6-6 255 Fr. Gering, Neb. (Gering) Dan Fisher received a number of awards his senior season at GeringHigh School earning All-State, All-Region, All-Conference and All-Districthonors. He was also elected team captain as a senior. Fisher had 23receptions for 289 yards and five touchdowns his senior year. Fisher alsoplayed basketball, ran track and played American Legion baseball. He wascoached in high school by Kevin Finkey. Other schools who recruited himwere Colorado State, Iowa and Northwestern.

Derrick GlasperDL 6-2 285 Fr. Austin, Texas (Reagan) Derrick Glasper is one of three teammates from Reagan High School inAustin, Texas, who signed with the Wyoming program. He was a First TeamAll-District selection his junior and senior years and was named hisdistricts Defensive Player of the Year his senior season after recording 112tackles and 12 sacks. His high school teammates and coaches voted himReagan's best defensive lineman has senior year. Reagan High School wonthree consecutive District Championships in Glasper's career, reaching thefourth round of the Texas 4A state playoffs. Glasper is an Academic AllDistrict First Team selection, a member of the National Honor Society and iscurrently ranked in the top ten in his class. He was coached at Reagan byAndrew Jackson. He also played basketball, ran track and played golf inhigh school. Other schools who recruited him were Oklahoma State,Northwestern, SMU, UTEP, Houston and Sam Houston State.

Lewis James IIIRB 5-10 200 Fr. Allen, Texas (Allen) Lewis James III earned First-Team All-District honors his senioryear at Allen High School. James is one of seven members of Allen High'sfootball team who signed to play football at Division I schools. Of allthose Division I players, he was named the team's MVP. He rushed for 1,138yards on 211 carries. Their offense was ranked No. 4 in the state in Class5A. His Allen High School team posted a 9-3 record and were Bi-DistrictChampions. Also a four-year letterwinner in track as a sprinter. A memberof the National Honor Society. He was coached in high school by ToddGraham. His parents are Faye and Steven Mackmiller of Allen. Other schoolswho recruited James were Louisiana-Monroe, SMU, Tulane and North Texas.

Herb JonesBandit 6-4 265 Fr. Austin, Texas (Reagan) Herb Jones comes to Wyoming from Reagan High School in Austin, Texasjoining two of his defensive teammates from Reagan who also signed with theCowboys. A three year starter at Reagan, Jones earned First TeamAll-District honors his senior year and Second Team All-District honors hisjunior year. Jones was rated as the areas number one defensive end. Reaganhigh advanced to the fourth-round of the Texas state 4A playoffs threeseasons in a row. Reagan High School also won the District Championshipsfor three consecutive seasons. Jones has been an Academic All-Districthonoree for three years and is also a member of the National Honor Society.He was coached in high school by Andrew Jackson. Jones also lettered inbasketball while in high school. Other schools that recruited him wereTexas A&M, Texas Tech, Wisconsin, Army, UTEP, Houston and Tulsa.

Chris JordanILB 6-1 210 Fr. Round Rock, Texas (Round Rock) Chris Jordan was named a First Team All-District selection hisjunior season and a Second Team All-District selection his senior season atRound Rock High School. In his senior year, Round Rock made it to the thirdround of the Texas state playoffs and were Area Champions. Jordan recorded121 tackles, 62 unassisted tackles, two sacks and 10 tackles for loss hissenior season. He played for coach Larry Hirt in high school. Jordanplayed basketball and ran track as well at Round Rock. He was alsorecruited by Southwest Texas.

Stephon KingCB 5-11 185 Fr. Austin, Texas (Reagan) Stephon King is the third player to sign with Wyoming from ReaganHigh School this season. King earned First Team All-District and AcademicAll-District Honors his senior season. He helped lead his team to threeconsecutive District Championships. Reagan High reached the fourth-round ofthe Texas State 4A playoffs for three consecutive years. King also competedin track where he was a member of the state 4A runner-up 4x400 relay team.He was coached in high school by Andrew Jackson. He was also recruited byOklahoma State, Texas Tech, Baylor, Houston and UTEP.

Brian MajcenTE 6-4 240 Fr. Littleton, Colo. (Columbine)(Pronounced: Mason) Brian Majcen earned All-State honors from both The Denver Post andThe Denver Rocky Mountain News as a senior. He played on back-to-back 5AState Championship teams at Columbine High School. Columbine posted a 12-2record in 2000 and a 13-1 record in '99. As a junior he played tight end.His senior year, he played the first two games at tight end before moving tooffensive tackle after a teammate suffered a season-ending injury. Majcenalso played defensive end, recording 40 tackles, including seven tackles forlosses, two sacks and one interception. An outstanding baseball catcher, hehelped lead Columbine into the quarterfinals of the state playoffs. Hishigh school football coach was Andy Lowry. Majcen is the son of Gloria andTom Majcen. He was also recruited by Arizona and Kansas.

Derek MatsonOL 6-4 290 Fr. Denver, Colo. (Mullen) A starting offensive tackle for an outstanding Mullen team thatfinished the season 11-2, losing in the state semi-finals by one toColumbine on a last-second field goal. Blocked for a 1,000-yard rusher anda 2,000-yard passer. The featured tackle for Mullen which averaged 38points a game during its regular 10-game schedule. Earned All-CentennialLeague honors and was an Honrable Mention All-American. Also an excellentstudent. Coached by Mick McCall. He is the son of Carol and Frank Matson.

Isaac MoralesOL 6-6 280 Fr. Canyon, Texas (Canyon) A three-year football letterman and a two-year basketball lettermanat Canyon High School. An outstanding athlete, he was All-District, AllCine-Tex, All-Panhandle, and Honorable Mention All-State. Graded out at 88percent for the season. Produced 27 "pancake" blocks as a senior. TheEagles were the top rushing team in the Panhandle, aveaging 284 yards pergame on the ground, much of it, according to his Coach Blake Bryant, overMorales' offensive tackle position. His mother is Veronica.

Zach MorrisDL 6-2, 255 Fr. Denver, Colo. (Mullen) A basketball and football letterman at Mullen. An All-Statedefensive tackle, and a two-time All-Centennial League selection. Produced12 sacks his senior season, and one for a safety. Recorded 56 totaltackles, to go with four fumble recoveries. He will have the opportunity tobecome much bigger. Very athletic for an inside player, and hasdemonstrated that athleticism on the basketball floor as well as thefootball field.

Drew SevernDL 6-2 265 Fr. Glendale, Ariz. (Deer Valley) A three-year football letterman and four-year wrestling letterman atDeer Valley High School in Glendale. A two-time BFS (Bigger, Faster,Stronger) All-America and a two-time All-State performer. Earned the CurleyCulp Award (Arizona's version of the Outland Trophy) as the state's bestdefensive player. As a senior made 79 tackles and produced seven-and-a-halfsacks, three forced fumbles and two recovered fumbles. Also had eighttackles for losses from his defensive tackle position. A three-year starterfor the Skyhawks, he played both ways as a senior as an offensive tackle anda defensive tackle. A national champion freestyle wrestler, Severn touredEurope with a USA team, and defeated the Czech Republic Olympic heavyweight.An honors student. He is the son of Neva and Dave Severn. His footballcoach was Rick Mey.

Guy TuellDB 6-1 190 Fr. Yuma, Colo. (Yuma) An outstanding athlete who lettered in wrestling and track as wellas football. Currently ranked second in the state as a wrestler. Alsoexcelled in the triple jump and relays for the track team. EarnedAll-Conference, and All-State honors for Coach Rob Braaten's football team.Also played in the senior All-State game. The Indians lost in the statesemi-final game as he gained over 200 yards rushing with a broken hand.Rushed for 1,800 yards this past season and scored 17 touchdowns. Playedstrong safety defensivel, and finished third on the team in tackles with twointerceptions. He is the son of Lyndell and Roger Tuell. An outstandingstudent, he carries a 3.7 GPA.

Jeff WarrenC 6-5 295 Fr. Pampa, Texas (Pampa) Jeff Warren brings quite a resume with him to the University ofWyoming. He was ranked as the No. 3 best center in the state of Texas bythe annual Texas Sportswriters Association high school football analysis.Warren was also listed on the Top of Texas Super Team as the No. 10offensive lineman in the state of Texas. The Amarillo News Globe named himto their Golden Spread Super Team. He earned First Team All-District honorsand Honorable Mention All-State as a senior. During his senior season, hewas credited with 115 pancake blocks. He recorded 85 pancakes as a junioras his team advanced to the second round of the state playoffs. In hisfirst year as a starter in his sophomore season, Warren helped lead PampaHigh School to the semifinals of the 4A state playoffs, the second largestclassification in the state of Texas. Coached in high school by DennisCavalier. Warren is the son of Sandy and Leonard Warren. He was alsorecruited by Northwestern, Oklahoma State and TCU.

Chad WhiteDB 6-3 196 Fr. Grapevine, Texas (Grapevine) Chad White brings outstanding athletic skills to the WyomingCowboys. He was a unanimous First Team All-District performer as both adefensive back and a wide receiver. White was selected by the Fort WorthStar Telegram as one of the Top 75 All-Area Recruits. He also was listed asone Texas Sports Top 300 Recruits in the state of Texas. He recorded 153tackles his senior season as a defensive back. He also caught 56 passes forover 1,000 yards. As a kickoff returner, White averaged 35 yards perreturn. He was a two-way starter for three seasons. As a sophomore, hisGrapevine High School team captured the 1998 Class 4A State Championship.Both his junior and senior seasons, Grapevine won District Championships.He is an outstanding hurdler, and was the only junior in Texas Class 4A toqualify for the 100-meter hurdle regional finals in the spring of 2000. Inaddition to football and track, White is a steer wrestler on his high schoolrodeo team. Coached in high school by Gary Mullins. White is the son ofTina and James White. He was also recruited by Baylor, Georgia Tech, NewMexico, Oklahoma State and Tulsa.

Gary WrightCB 5-9 165 Fr. Copperas Cove, Texas (Copperas Cove) Gary Wright comes to Wyoming from Copperas Cove, Texas, viaVanderbilt University. He originally signed with Vanderbilt a year ago, butdecided not to play football there. He transferred to Wyoming in the 2001spring semester. Wright earned All-District, All-Area and Honorable MentionAll-State honors as a defensive back his senior year. He recorded 86tackles and had four interceptions on defense. He also saw limited actionat wide receiver, catching 10 passes with three going for touchdowns. Heled Copperas Cove High to the second round of the state playoffs. Wrightwas an outstanding track athlete, capturing the 100-meter championship forthe state of Texas as a junior in the largest classification in the state,5A. As a senior, he was the state runnerup in the 100-meters. His besttime in the 100-meters is 10.39. He was also a member of Copperas Cove 4 x100 meter relay team that finished second in the state championships hissenior season and that relay team was ranked No. 4 in the nation. Wrightalso earned All-District, All-Area and Honorable Mention All-State honors asa center fielder on the baseball team. He joins fellow high schoolteammates Roderrick Jackson and Rano Sasa, who were freshmen with theCowboys this past season. Coached in high school by Jack Welch. Wright isthe son of Irma and Nathaniel Whitehead. In addition to Vanderbilt, he wasrecruited out of high school by Kansas, Memphis, Texas A&M and Texas Tech.

University of Wyoming Football High-School Signees(That Will Enroll in January of 2002)

Matt ChaseLB 6-1 200 Fr. Windsor, Colo. (Windsor) Matt Chase was one of the top linebackers in the state of Coloradohis junior and senior seasons. He was a First Team All-State selection bothhis junior and senior seasons. He led Windsor High School to the semifinalsof the 2000 Colorado Class 3A state playoffs with a 10-3 record. As asenior, he helped lead Windsor High in solo tackles (54), assisted tackles(97) and total tackles (151). Chase also recorded 4.5 sacks on defense. Asa fullback, he rushed the ball 45 times for 275 yards, and four touchdownsas a senior. His junior season of 1999, he totalled 144 tackles -- 67 solotackles and 77 assists -- with 2.0 sacks and one interception. He also ranthe ball 39 times as a junior for 226 yards and two touchdowns. Chase is asprinter on the track team, in addition to playing football. His highschool football coach was Doug Appel. Chase is the son of Anne and DanChase. He was also recruited by Air Force and Colorado State.

John FloraLB/DE 6-4 225 Fr. Arvada, Colo. (Arvada West) John Flora is an outstanding three-sport star from Arvada West HighSchool in Arvada, Colo. A Colorado All-State selection as a senior, he waschosen an All-Region honoree by both Prep Star and Super Prep. He was oneof the Finalists for the Wendy's High School Heisman national award. Histeam's captain, Flora was credited with 157 total tackles from hismiddle-linebacker position as a senior. In addition to football, he is anAll-Conference basketball player and a two-time team captain of hisbasketball team. Arvada West's basketball team has been ranked in the Top10 in the state of Colorado throughout the 2000-01 season. A shot putter onthe track team, he placed sixth in state as a junior. He earned civicawards from the Masonic and Rotary Clubs during his junior season inrecognition of his leadership, academic achievement and community service.Coached in high school by Jack Hatem. Flora is the son of Pam and JohnFlora. He was also recruited by Air Force and Colorado State.

Scott ParkerP 6-1 180 Fr. Littleton, Colo. (Columbine) Scott Parker was chosen All-State for all classifications in thestate of Colorado his senior season. He was a key contributor to ColumbineHigh School's 12-2 team that won the Colorada 5A State Championship in thefall of 2000 -- that was Columbine's second consecutive state championship.Parker averaged 39.7 yards per punt in 2000, with a net punting average of38.1. He also placed four punts inside the opponents' 20-yard line. As afield-goal kicker, Parker was 21 of 27 in extra points and 8 of 16 in fieldgoals. His junior year, Columbine captured the Colorado 5A StateChampionship with a 13-1 record. He is also a standout baseball player,playing center field and pitching. His high school football coach was AndyLowry. Parker is the son of Eileen and Gary Parker. He was also recruitedby Colorado.

Junior-College Signees (Already Enrolled at Wyoming)

NamePos. Ht. Wt. Class Hometown (Last School)

Henry RandleOL/DL 6-3 290 So. St. Louis, Mo. (Coffeyville CC) Henry Randle enrolled at Wyoming in the spring of 2001. He hasthree years of eligibility remaining. Randle played the 2000 footballseason at Coffeyville Community College in Coffeyville, Kan. He started all10 games at right offensive tackle for Coffeyville. He allowed only onequarterback sack the entire season. His freshman season at Coffeyville,1999, he redshirted. Coached in junior college by Skip Foster. Prior tojunior college, Randle played at Lutheran North High School in St. Louis,Mo., where he was an All-State and All-Metro selection his senior season asan offensive and defensive lineman. He led his Lutheran North team to a10-3 record his senior season and the semifinals of the Missouri Class 3Astate playoffs. His junior season, Lutheran North posted a 9-3 record,advancing to the quarterfinals of state. Coached in high school by JimManion. Randle is the son of Amy and Henry Randle. He was also recruitedby Eastern Michigan.

Josh RollinsDE 6-3 255 Jr. Green River, Wyo. (Ricks College) Josh Rollins is a native of Green River, Wyo., who comes to theCowboys from Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho. This past season, Rollinsearned First Team All-Western States Football League honors. He was also anAll-Region 18 selection, and was an Honorable Mention National JuniorCollege Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-American. Rollins also excelledoff the field where he earned NJCAA Academic All-America honors. NamedRicks' Defensive Most Valuable Player, he was credited with 78 total tacklesfor the 2000 season, including 15 tackles for losses and 13 quarterbacksacks. He also recovered two fumbles, recorded 12 quarterback hurries andscored an amazing three safeties. Rollins also had one rushing attempt for40 yards this past season. He helped lead Ricks College to a No. 9 rankingin the Final NJCAA Football Rankings for the 2000 season. Ricks posted an8-3 record in 2000 and defeated Snow College in the Real Dairy Bowl playedin Pocatello, Idaho. As a freshman in '99, Rollins started the final eightgames of the season as Ricks posted a 10-1 record and defeated Garden CityCommunity College in the Real Dairy Bowl. Prior to attending Ricks College,Rollins served a two-year LDS Church mission in Long Beach, Calif. Hegraduated from Green River High School in the spring of 1996, where he was aNational Honor Society member. As a senior at Green River High, Rollinsearned Super 25 honors from the Casper Star-Tribune, was named the WyomingDefensive Player of the Year and earned Second Team High School All-Americaaccolades. Green River advanced to the semifinals of the state playoffs inRollins junior season of 1994, and made it to the quarterfinals in hissenior football season of '95. His high school football coach was TomWilson. An outstanding high school wrestler, Rollins placed third at statehis senior season. The son of Betty and Linne Rollins. Rollins and hiswife, Sally, moved to Laramie in January. Rollins was also recruited byBoise State, North Carolina State, Oregon, Texas Tech and Utah State.

Transfers

Jeremy DavisLB 6-1 245 RSo. Fork Union, Va. (Kentucky) Jeremy Davis comes to Wyoming from the University of Kentucky, wherehe started from the second game on as a true freshman in 1999 at fullback.He sat out of competition last season. He was the Central VirginiaDefensive Player of the Year as a 1999 graduate of Fork Union MilitaryAcademy in Fork Union, Va. He was a two-time First Team All-State selectionand was named to the All-Central Virginia Team, which covers both public andprivate schools. He was rated the No. 5 college prospect in Virginia bySuper Prep magazine out of Fork Union. As a senior he had 123 tackles, 20tackles for a loss, five sacks and two interceptions. He was a three-yearstarter for head coach Micky Sullivan at fullback and linebacker and wasteam MVP his junior and senior seasons. Fork Union won the VirginiaIndependent High School State Championship his senior year. He alsocompeted in track where he ran the 300 meter hurdles and was a member of the4 X 400 meter relay team which won the state championship twice. He is theson of Karen and John Davis. Out of high school he was also recruited byClemson, North Carolina State, Purdue, Virginia and Virginia Tech.