Wyoming's 2007 Football Recruiting Class Announced

Feb. 7, 2007


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Josh Biezuns,Travis Burkhalter,Johnathan Craig,James Davis,Marcus Felker,Alex Hays,Brian Hendricks,Travis Hillen,John Hutchins,Chris Johnson,Clayton Kirven Gabe Knapton Brian Kuhtz,David Leonard,Keith Lewis,Derrick McMahen,Mark Oliver,Levi Salmans,Brandon Self,Brandon Stewart,Alex Stover,Bryson Studnicka,Chris Stutzriem,Anthony Wilson

The top recruit from the state of Wyoming, the No. 1 rated quarterback from the state of Oklahoma, one of the Top 10 running backs in the state of California, six high school All-State performers from the state of Colorado and a linebacking corps that has been described by University of Wyoming head coach Joe Glenn as the best group of linebackers his staff has ever recruited highlight the University of Wyoming's 2007 football recruiting class. Glenn announced the 2007 Cowboy signing class on Wednesday before a packed room of media and fans.

Clayton Kirven, an offensive lineman from Buffalo, Wyo., was rated as the top recruit in the state of Wyoming by Rivals.com.

Chris Stutzriem, who played his high school football at Lawton Eisenhower High School in Lawton, Okla., is both the top rated high school quarterback in the state of Oklahoma this season and the No. 18 overall rated high school prospect in Oklahoma by Rivals.com.

Running back James Davis of Monrovia, Calif., was ranked by SuperPrep.com as the 10th best running back in the state of California.

A very talented group of high school recruits from Colorado includes three individuals who earned All-Colorado honors for all classifications from The Denver Post. Marcus Felker, a defensive lineman from Thornton High in Thornton, Colo.; Brian Hendricks, a linebacker from Burlington, Colo.; and Levi Salmans, an offensive lineman from Lafayette, Colo., who played at Monarch High School; all earned All-Colorado recognition from The Denver Post. They are joined by three other Colorado high school seniors who earned All-State honors in 2006 -- Alex Hays, an offensive lineman from Palisade; Travis Hillen, an offensive lineman from Thornton High; and Gabe Knapton, a linebacker from Mead, Colo., who played at Longmont's Skyline High School.

Hendricks and Knapton are joined by fellow high school linebackers Mark Oliver of Mt. Carmel High School in Chicago, Ill.; and Bryson Studnicka of Clay Center High School in Clay Center, Neb., to form an outstanding incoming linebacking corps.

"We are real excited with this group of young men," said Glenn. "Every year you go into recruiting with an idea of what positions you are looking to fill on your roster, and I feel like we hit our numbers right on the head this year. We lost several linemen to graduation on both sides of the ball, and so the offensive and defensive line were two areas we wanted to strengthen.

"At the skill positions, we feel extremely good about adding an outstanding young quarterback, a couple of very talented running backs, some quality wide receivers and three quality defensive backs.

"We also feel like we have a nice blend of experience, with four junior college transfers to go with our high school recruits.

"If there is one position as a group that impresses me in this class it is the linebacking corps. In all my years in college football, this is the best linebacking class our staff has ever recruited."

Glenn also recognized the efforts of the many individuals on campus who aided in the recruitment of the 2007 class.

"I can't say enough about my coaching staff and our current players in the way they helped put this class together," added Glenn. "Our coaches worked a lot of hours and did an outstanding job of identifying the young men we wanted to bring into our program and then going out and convincing them that Wyoming was the place for them. And our current players did a great job of hosting the recruits when they came to campus.

"Behind the seasons, our staffs in the equipment room, academic counseling, the training room and the strength and conditioning area dedicate a lot of their time in meeting with the young men when they come on campus.

"Finally, I want to thank all the faculty and staff who go above and beyond in meeting with our potential student-athletes when they visit our university. They are always so helpful in providing these young men with all the information available on our great university."

This year's recruiting class includes players from 12 different states.

The national letter-of-intent signing period began Wednesday, Feb. 7 and ends April 1, 2007.

Wyoming has two remaining scholarships available.

University of Wyoming Cowboys 2007 Football Signings
(Alphabetical, As of Feb. 7, 2007)

Junior-College Signees Already Enrolled at UW (2)
Junior-College Signees Who Will Enroll at UW in the Fall of 2007(1)
Grayshirt Signees From 2006(2)
Grayshirt Signees in the Spring of 2007(2)
High-School Signees(18)

Junior-College Signees Already Enrolled at UW (Spring of 2007)(2)

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Class Hometown (Last School)
Derrick McMahen* S 6-0 195 Jr. Fallbrook, Calif. (Palomar CC, Calif.)
Anthony Wilson* DE 6-3 270 Jr. Vallejo, Calif. (Diablo Valley CC, Calif.)

Junior-College Signees Who Will Enroll at UW Next Academic Year (1)

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Class Hometown (Last School)
Chris Johnson WR 5-10 175 Jr. Tampa, Fla. (Solano CC, Calif.)

Grayshirt Signees From 2006 (2)

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Class Hometown (Last School)
Travis Burkhalter# WR 6-1 185 Fr. Eufala, Okla. (Eufala)
Zack Kennedy# OL 6-5 325 RSo. Colorado Springs, Colo. (New Mexico Military)

Grayshirt Signees From 2007 (2)

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Class Hometown (Last School)
Jonathan Craig% RB 5-10 185 Fr. San Antonio, Texas (MacArthur)
Levi Salmans% OL 6-7 275 Fr. Lafayette, Colo. (Monarch)

High-School Signees (18)

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Class Hometown (Last School)
Josh Biezuns TE/H-Back 6-2 230 Fr. Prior Lake, Minn. (Prior Lake)
James Davis RB 5-9 203 Fr. Monrovia, Calif. (Monrovia)
Marcus Felker DL 6-1 300 Fr. Thornton, Colo. (Thornton)
Alex Hays DL 6-3 250 Fr. Palisade, Colo. (Palisade)
Brian Hendricks LB 6-1 210 Fr. Burlington, Colo. (Burlington)
Travis Hillen OL 6-5 255 Fr. Thornton, Colo. (Thornton)
John Hutchins OL 6-5 250 Fr. Inver Grove Heights, Minn. (Simley)
Clayton Kirven OL 6-6 270 Fr. Buffalo, Wyo. (Buffalo)
Gabe Knapton LB 6-3 215 Fr. Mead, Colo. (Skyline)
Brian Kuhtz S 6-3 205 Fr. Waukesha, Wis. (Waukesha North)
David Leonard WR 6-4 185 Fr. Overland Park, Kan. (Shawnee Mission West)
Keith Lewis CB 5-11 185 Fr. Evergreen Park, Ill. (Mt. Carmel, Chicago, Ill.)
Mark Oliver LB 6-1 230 Fr. Whiting, Ind. (Mt. Carmel, Chicago, Ill.)
Brandon Self OL 6-3 300 Fr. Shawnee, Okla. (Shawnee)
Brandon Stewart WR 5-11 185 Fr. Evansville, Ind. (Evansville North)
Alex Stover DL 6-3 265 Fr. Gretna, Neb. (Gretna)
Bryson Studnicka LB 6-3 220 Fr. Clay Center, Neb. (Clay Center)
Chris Stutzriem QB 6-4 225 Fr. Lawton, Okla. (Eisenhower)

* Enrolled at the University of Wyoming and on scholarship starting January of 2007.
# Grayshirts who went on scholarship in January of 2007. These grayshirts were originally signed in February of 2006, but count toward the 2007 recruiting class total.
% First-time grayshirt signees, who won't enroll nor go on scholarship until January of 2008. These grayshirts don't count toward the 2007 recruiting class total.