Dec. 15, 2010
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming announced the signing of four junior-college players to national letters of intent to join the Cowboy Football program for the 2011 spring semester. Three of the four new Cowboys played on junior-college teams that ended the 2010 season ranked among the Top 15 teams in the nation, and the fourth signee ranked among the Top 10 individual tacklers in the country at the junior-college level.
The four players committing to the Cowboys are: Luke Anderson, a safety from Blinn College in Texas; Korey Jones, a linebacker from Garden City Community College in Kansas; Miraldo Michel, a defensive end from Ellsworth Community College in Iowa; and Zach Rushing, an offensive lineman from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.
Luke Anderson is a 5-10, 200-pound safety originally from Southlake, Texas. Anderson played at Blinn College in Brenham, Texas, the past two seasons. His Blinn College team ended the 2010 season ranked No. 10 in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) poll. Blinn entered the 2010 C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl ranked No. 16 in the nation, but went on to upset then No. 4 ranked Arizona Western College by a score of 31-27. Anderson was named Honorable Mention All-Southwest Junior College Football Conference (SWJCFC) as a sophomore. At the conclusion of the regular season, Anderson ranked among the league leaders in three defensive categories. He ranked No. 14 in tackles in the SWJCFC with 56, tied for No. 4 in passes defended with seven and tied for No. 8 in interceptions with two. Blinn Community College finished the 2010 season in second place in the SWJCFC behind National Champion Navarro College. Blinn posted an 8-3 overall record and a 4-2 conference mark. In 2009, Blinn won the NJCAA National Championship behind current Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton of Auburn. Anderson played his high school football at Carroll High School.
Korey Jones is a 6-2, 220-pound linebacker originally from Fort Collins, Colo. He was one of the leading tacklers in the nation at Garden City Community College in Garden City, Kan. Jones ranked No. 10 in the nation in tackles with 108, including 57 solo tackles and 51 assists. He also recorded 4.0 sacks for 26 yards and had one fumble recovery. He was named Honorable Mention All-Conference as a sophomore in 2010. Garden City was also one of the nation's best defensive units in junior college football this season. The Broncbusters ranked No. 9 in the nation in total defense (allowing only 214. 8 yards per game), were No. 11 in pass defense (131.5 yards per game) and ranked No. 13 in rushing defense (83.3 yards per game). Garden City finished the 2010 season with a 3-6 overall record and a 2-5 record in the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference, placing seventh. Jones played his high school football at Rocky Mountain High School in Fort Collins.
Miraldo Michel, a 6-3, 286-pound defensive end, grew up in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Michel played his junior-college football at Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls, Iowa. The Ellsworth Panthers concluded the 2010 season ranked No. 14 in the final NJCAA national poll. Michel recorded 40 total tackles, including 16 solos and 24 assists from his defensive end position. He also had 4.0 sacks, 8.5 tackles for losses, two pass breakups, one fumble recovery and one blocked field goal. Ellsworth captured The Graphic Edge Bowl to end the season with a 34-20 win over Lackawanna College of Pennsylvania. Ellsworth posted an 8-3 overall record and a 5-2 conference mark in the Midwest Football Conference West Division. They placed second to conference champion Iowa Western who finished the season ranked three spots ahead of Ellsworth at No. 11 in the nation. Michel played his high school football at Piper High School in Fort Lauderdale.
Zach Rushing is a 6-3, 290-pound offensive lineman originally from Woolmarket, Miss. Rushing helped lead Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College to a No. 3 national ranking in the final NJCAA poll. His junior-college team defeated Grand Rapids Community College of Michigan, 62-53, to win the Mississippi Bowl. The Bulldogs won their third conference championship in the last four years as members of the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC). Mississippi Gulf Coast posted a 10-2 overall record in 2010. Rushing played on an offensive unit that ranked No. 2 in the nation in total offense (accounting for 455.9 yards per game), No. 4 in the nation in rushing offense (245.1 yards per game) and No. 19 in passing offense (210.8 yards per game). Rushing played his high school football at D'Iberville High.