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2009 Wyoming Cowboy Football Signee Bios

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Feb. 4, 2009

LARAMIE, Wyo. -


High-School Signees

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

Alvester Alexander RB 5-11 200 Fr. Houston, Texas (C.E. King)

Alvester Alexander had an outstanding senior seaon at C.E. King High School in Houston, Texas. Alexander was a unanimous First Team All-District 19-4A selection as a senior. He rushed for 1,348 yards and 29 touchdowns during his senior season, and averaged 8.0 yards per carry. Alexander recorded seven 100-yard rushing games his senior season. He scored three touchdowns in four different games in '08. As a team captain, he led his high school team to a 7-3 record in 2008 and a spot in the 4A State Playoffs before losing a one-point, 34-35, game to Nederland. Alexander has been timed at 4.41 seconds in the 40-yard dash and 10.56 in the 100 meters. He won his District Championship in the 100 meters as a junior. Individually, he was a Regional qualifier in the 100 meters, as well as being part of 4x100 and 4x200 Regional qualifying relay teams. He played for head football coach Mike Malkowski.

The youngest of three children of Katharine and Joe Alexander, his older brother Joe Alexander II played college football at McMurry University in Abilene, Texas. The younger Alexander was also recruited by Houston.

Kenny Browder DB 5-11 175 Fr. Round Rock, Texas (Stony Point)

Kenny Browder was a First Team All-District 16-5A selection his senior season at Stony Point High School in Round Rock, Texas. He recorded 49 solo tackles and 19 assists for a total of 68 tackles his senior season. He also had 12.0 tackles for losses, 1.0 sack, 11 pass breakups, two interceptions and one forced fumble. As a team captain, Browder helped lead Stony Point to a 13-2 record and the semifinals of the 5A State Playoffs. His junior season, Browder helped his high school team post a 9-3 record. In his final two seasons of high school, Browder's team posted a combined 22-5 (.815) record. He also is an outstanding track and field athlete at Stony Point, earning three letters entering his senior season. He played for head football coach Craig Chessher.

The only child of Octavia and Kenneth Browder, he was also recruited by Colorado State, Ohio, Toledo, UTEP and Western Michigan.

Spencer Bruce DL 6-5 215 Fr. Gillette, Wyo. (Campbell County)

Spencer Bruce led Campbell County High School of Gillette, Wyo., to the 2008 Wyoming 5A State Football Championship. Bruce was named to the 2008 Casper Star-Tribune Super 25 team his senior season as a defensive end/wide receiver. He was also a First Team All-State Class 5A selection both as a defensive end and as a wide receiver. Bruce was selected to play for the North Team in the 36th Annual Wyoming North-South Shrine Bowl to be played in Casper, Wyo., on June 13, 2009. He was credited with 42 total tackles from his defensive end position. Bruce led Gillette in both tackles for losses (13.5 TFLs) and sacks (6.0 sacks), as well as leading Class 5A in both categories. He also broke up two passes and blocked one kick. Bruce was part of a Gillette defense that ranked No. 1 in Class 5A in total defense (182.7 yards allowed per game), rushing defense (104.2 yards allowed per game) and passing defense (78.5 yards allowed per game). On offense he led the Camels in receptions (25), receiving yards (440) and yards receiving per game (40.0). He ranked No. 5 in Class 5A in receiving yards per game. Bruce caught four touchdown passes in '08. His senior season, he was elected a team captain of both his football and basketball teams. He was a member of Campbell County's State Championship basketball team as a junior. That team posted a 23-3 record, and Bruce earned All-State honors. His sophomore season, Bruce was part of a Campbell County team that captured the 5A State Football Championship. He is also a member of the National Honor Society. Bruce played for head football coach Vic Wilkerson at Campbell County High School.

The son of Sally and Steven Bruce, he has one older brother, Scott, who swam at the University of Wyoming. The younger Bruce was also recruited by Southern Mississippi.

Austyn Carta-Samuels QB 6-2 210 Fr. San Jose, Calif. (Bellarmine College Prep)

Austyn Carta-Samuels led his Bellarmine College Prep team to a 12-1 record, the West Catholic Athletic League title and a Central Coast Championship in 2008. Bellarmine was ranked No. 1 in Northern California. Carta-Samuels earned First Team All-Conference and Second Team All-County honors. Rivals.com ranked Wyoming's combination of Carta-Samuels and junior-college QB signee Robert Benjamin as the No. 15 best quarterback recruiting class in the nation in '09. Rivals.com ranks Carta-Samuels as the No. 22 best dual-threat high school quarterback in the nation. Scout.com ranked him the No. 37 dual-threat QB in the country. SuperPrep magazine ranked Carta-Samuels No. 74 among its Top 150 high school recruits at all positions in the Far West (states of California, Hawaii and Nevada). He threw for over 1,400 yards and eight touchdowns, while rushing for another 370 yards and 10 rushing touchdowns his senior season. Carta-Samuels completed 65 percent of his passes as a senior. His junior season, he led his team to a 10-2 record and a conference title, while throwing for over 1,300 yards and nine passing TDs and rushing for 428 yards and 11 rushing touchdowns. He completed 62 percent of his passes as a junior. As a starter his final two seasons of high school, he quarterbacked Bellarmine College Prep to a combined 22-3 (.880) record and two conference titles. He played for head coach Mike Janda at Bellarmine College Prep.

He is the son of LiLinda Carta-Samuels and James Samuels. His father played tight end at Utah State. Carta-Saumuels was also recruited by Air Force, Oregon, Pittsburgh, Purdue, San Diego State, San Jose State, UCLA and Utah.

Scott Criss OL 6-5 250 Fr. Omaha, Neb. (Creighton Prep)

Scott Criss earned Class A All-State honors as a defensive lineman at Creighton Prep in 2008. Criss was a team captain his senior season, and helped lead Creighton Prep to an 11-1 record and the semifinals of the Nebraska State Playoffs. In addition to playing defensive tackle both his junior and senior seasons, he also played offensive guard and tackle as a senior. On defense, he was credited with 37 tackles in 2008. In addition to his 37 tackles, he had 3.0 sacks and intercepted one pass. As a junior, he earned Honorable Mention All-Metro honors as Creighton Prep advanced to the quarterfinals of the State Playoffs. Over his two seasons as a starter, Creighton Prep posted an 18-5 (.783) record. A three-sport athlete in high school, he also competed in basketball and track and field, throwing the shot put and discus. His high school football coach was Tom Jaworski.

The son of Sue and Steve Criss, he comes from a very athletic family. His dad played basketball at the University of Nebraska-Omaha and his mother played volleyball, also at Nebraska-Omaha. All three of his older sisters, Michelle and twins Colleen and Karen, swam at the University of Nebraska. He was also recruited by Iowa, Nebraska and Ohio.

Shamiel Gary DB 6-1 210 Fr. Tulsa, Okla. (Booker T. Washington)

Shamiel Gary played on a Booker T. Washington team that captured the Oklahoma 5A State Championship in 2008, with a 13-1 record. Gary was named the 5A District 3 Defensive Player of the Year, while being credited with 124 tackles and 8.0 sacks from his safety position. On offense, he threw for 530 yards and rushed for another 70 yards. He will be joined in the 2009 Wyoming recruiting class by his high school teammate T.J. Smith, who is projected as a tight end for the Cowboys. Gary played for head football coach Antwain Jimmerson at Booker T. Washington High School.

Gary's parents are Gwen Evans and Steven Gary. He was also recruited by Air Force and Kansas State.

Devyn Harris LB 6-3 200 Fr. Fountain, Colo. (Fountain-Fort Carson)

Devyn Harris was honored as an All-Colorado selection for all classifications by The Denver Post as a senior in 2008. Harris was also named First Team All-State Class 4A by both The Denver Post and the Rocky Mountain News. Harris was credited with 101 tackles as an outside linebacker and 804 rushing yards as a running back his senior season. As a team captain, he helped lead Fountain-Fort Carson to a 10-2 record and the quarterfinals of the 4A State Playoffs as a senior. His junior year, Harris earned Second Team All-State honors, while recording 94 total tackles and intercepting four passes. During his three years at Fountain-Fort Carson, his high school team compiled a 30-6 (.833) record and advanced to the quarterfinals of the state playoffs all three seasons. A three-sport standout, he was a three-year letterman in basketball and will be a four-year letterwinner in track and field. Harris also earned First Team Academic All-State honors. He played for head football coach Mitch Johnson at Fountain-Fort Carson.

Harris is the oldest of three children of Valarie and Keith Harris. Harris was also recruited by Air Force, Colorado State and New Mexico.

Rodney Jaynes WR 6-4 205 Fr. Chicago, Ill. (Hales Franciscan)

Rodney Jaynes comes to Wyoming from Chicago, Ill., where he earned All-Area honors from the Chicago Sun-Times. He was a two-way player at Hales Franciscan high school. Jaynes recorded a 1,000-yard receiving sesaon as a senior and scored 13 touchdowns on offense. Defensively, he was named his team's defensive player of the year as a defensive end and recorded 13.0 sacks on the year. He also lettered in basketball and track and field in high school. His high school football coach was Derrel Sanders.

His father is Rodney Jaynes Sr. and his guardian is Hattie White. He was also recruited by Northern Illinois.

Todd Knight LB 6-2 200 Fr. Aurora, Colo. (Grandview)

Todd Knight was one of the top high school football players in the state of Colorado in 2008. He was named All-Colorado for all classifications by The Denver Post, as well as being named to the First Team All-State Class 5A team by the Post. He was selected All-State Class 5A by the Rocky Mountain News. Class 5A is the largest classification in the state of Colorado. Rivals.com ranked Knight as the No. 12 best recruit in the state of Colorado. That ranking included all players in the state at all positions. Rivals.com also ranked him a three-star recruit and listed him among their Top 100 outside linebackers in the nation at No. 80. As a senior captain, Knight helped lead Grandivew High to the a 10-1 record in '08 and the No. 1 ranking in Class 5A entering the state playoffs. Grandview advanced to the quarterfinals before losing 20-26 in double overtime to Cherry Creek. In his junior season of 2007, Knight led Grandview to a 12-2 record and the 5A State Championship. His teams were a combined 22-3 (.880) his final two years of high school. He played for head football coach John Schultz at Grandiew High School.

The son of Danielle and Jeff Knight. He was also recruited by Boise State, California, New Mexico, TCU and Utah.

Trendt Marsom DB 6-0 195 Fr. Honolulu, Hawaii (Kaimuki)

Trendt Marsom earned All-State honors as a senior defensive back at Kaimuki High School in Honolulu. Marsom was credited with 61 tackles and 4.0 sacks his senior season. He intercepted five passes -- two of which he returned for touchdowns. He also recovered two fumbles, and returned one 90 yards for a TD, while being named his team's Defensive Player of the Year. Marsom caught 33 passes for 488 yards and four touchdowns, and returned six kicks for 180 yards. At the conclusion of his senior season, he played in the Hawaii East-West All-Star Game on Dec. 12, 2008. Marsom started for the East squad, and was credited with two tackles and a fumble recovery. His junior season, Marsom was a Second Team All-State selection, while leading his team to a 9-2 record and the second round of the state playoffs. He made 54 tackles, intercepted six passes and returned two for touchdowns, had 2.0 sacks and recovered three fumbles -- one of which he returned 80 yards for a TD. As a sophomore, he was an Honorable Mention All-State selection, was credited with 46 tackles, intercepted four passes and returned three for TDS, including a 99-yard TD return. Marsom received the Outstanding Freshman Award for his team, while recording 49 tackles, 4.0 sacks and intercepting six passes, returning three for TDs. For his career, Marsom was credited with 210 tackles, recorded 12.0 sacks, intercepted 21 passes and recovered seven fumbles. He returned 10 interceptions for touchdowns and two fumbles for TDs. He played for head football coach Darren Johnson at Kaimuki High.

The son of Nancy and Robert Marsom, he was also recruited by BYU, Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon State and UNLV.

Chris McNeill WR 6-1 170 Fr. Simi Valley, Calif. (Notre Dame)

Chris McNeill was an All-CIF selection his senior season, and was also an All-CIF Academic honoree. He earned All-Serra League honors as a wide receiver, catching 42 passes for 806 yards and eight touchdowns in 2008. On defense, he intercepted four passes and returned one for a TD as a defensive back. McNeill played for one of the top teams in the state of California in 2008. His Notre Dame High School team in Sherman Oaks, Calif., went through the regular season undefeated, posting a 10-0 record and capturing the Serra League Championship. Notre Dame entered the California Intershcolastic Federation (CIF) Southern Section Division II Playoffs ranked No. 2 and advanced to the quarterfinals before falling to Orange Lutheran. The Knights finished with an 11-1 record. His teammate, junior quarterback Ryan Kasdorf, was named the Gatorade California Football Player of the Year. McNeill's junior season, he caught 23 passes for 381 yards, and earned All-CIF Academic honors for the first time. His team finished 8-3 his junior season before losing in the first round of the CIF Southern Section State Playoffs. McNeill is also a three-year letterwinner in track and field. He played for head football coach Kevin Rooney.

One of two children of Robin and Lenny McNeill, he has one sister, Jennifer. His father played college football at UC Riverside. McNeill was also recruited by Arizona State and Nevada.

Larry Mitchell DB 6-3 185 Fr. Fort Worth, Texas (North Crowley)

Larry Mitchell comes to Wyoming from North Crowley High School in Fort Worth, Texas, where he was a First Team All-District 3-5A selection as a safety his senior season. He recorded 58 tackles, had nine pass breakups, one interception, two caused fumbles, two recovered fumbles and 2.0 sacks his senior year. He also averaged 17.3 yards per punt return and returned one punt for a touchdown. He played for head football coach Mike Papas at North Crowley High.

The son of Herlynthia Stafford, he was also recruited by Houston, Kansas, Ohio and Oklahoma State.

Alo Moli WR 6-3 180 Fr. West Valley, Utah (Cottonwood)

Alo Moli was an All-State Class 4A selection by the Deseret News. Moli played in a spread offense, and had 57 receptions for 987 yards and nine touchdowns his senior season. Moli played for 4A powerhouse Cottonwood High School that ended the regular season ranked No. 1 in the state of Utah in Class 4A, with a 10-0 regular-season record. Cottonwood advanced to the State Championship game where it lost to Timpview High, 28-34, to conclude the season with a 13-1 record. His junior season, Moli's Cottonwood squad posted a 10-2 record and advanced to the quarterfinals of the State Playoffs. Moli's sophomore season, Cottonwood ended the year 9-3 and again advanced to the quarterfinals of state. His team's record in his three seasons was a combined 32-6 (.842). He played for head coach Cecil Thomas.

He is the eldest of four children of Latai and Moli Moli. Moli was also recruited by Southern Utah and Weber State.

Ghaali Muhammad DB 6-0 200 Fr. St. Joseph, Mo. (Central)

Ghaali Muhammad earned All-City, All-Conference and All-District honors both his junior and senior seasons at Central High School in St. Joseph, Mo. He rushed for over 1,400 yards and 14 touchdowns, while recording 246 receiving yards and two receiving TDs. He was selected his team's Offensive Player of the Year. His high school football coach was Tony Dudik.

His parents are Jamma and Marcell Jackson. He was also recruited by Kansas, Missouri, Northwestern and Wisconsin. His cousin Martin Rucker was an outstanding tight end at Missouri from 2004-07. His cousin Mike Rucker was a talented defensive end, who played for Nebraska from 1995-98.

Mike Purcell DL 6-3 260 Fr. Highlands Ranch, Colo. (Highlands Ranch)

Mike Purcell was selected Second Team All-State Class 5A by the Rocky Mountain News and Honorable Mention All-State Class 5A by The Denver Post in 2008. He was also ranked by Rivals.com as the No. 17 best recruit in the state of Colorado. That ranking included all recruits in the state of Colorado, regardless of position. Purcell recorded 60 solo tackles from his defensive line position as a senior, including 10.0 sacks. As a team captain, he helped lead his Highlands Ranch team to a No. 16 seed (out of 32 qualifying teams) in the Colorado Class 5A State Playoffs before losing to Denver East in the first round. As a junior, Purcell and his Highlands Ranch squad advanced to the second round of the 5A playoffs. He also wrestled, ran track and played rugby in high school. Purcell played for head football coach Darrel Gorham at Highlands Ranch.

The son of Ariane and Gordon Purcell, he was also recruited by Boise State, BYU, Colorado State, Hawaii, New Mexico, UCLA, Utah and Utah State.

Jeff Roueche LB 6-3 205 Fr. Niwot, Colo. (Niwot)

Jeff Roueche was selected First Team All-State Class 4A by The Denver Post following his senior season, and was a Second Team All-State 4A pick by the Rocky Mountain News. Roueche made 75 tackles and 9.0 sacks from his linebacker position his senior season at Niwot High School. As a team captain, he led Niwot to the 4A State Playoffs in 2008. Roueche also rushed for 500 yards as a senior. His junior season, he recorded 70 tackles, 8.0 sacks and one interception, while rushing for 200 yards on offense. A three-year starter, he was credited with 50 tackles and 7.0 sacks as a sophomore. An outstanding two-sport athlete, Roueche was also elected a team captain in basketball his senior year, where he was averaging 14.2 points and 7.0 rebounds per game midway through his senior season. He played for head football coach Ron Tesone at Niwot High.

The youngest of three children of Jill and Dana Roueche, his father ran track at UMass and his sister, Jenni, played basketball at Niagara. His other sister is Ashley. He was also recruited by Colorado State and Kansas State.

Luke Ruff DB 5-11 190 Fr. Castle Rock, Colo. (Douglas County)

Luke Ruff was one of the most highly-decorated high school football players in the state of Colorado in 2008, being named to the All-Colorado team for all classifications as a defensive back by both The Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News. He was also a First Team All-State Class 5A selection by both publications. He captained his Douglas County team to and 8-4 record and the quarterfinals of the 2008 5A State Playoffs. Ruff was credited with 115 tackles, recovered four fumbles, intercepted one pass and blocked three kicks his senior season. He also rushed 45 times for 514 yards and scored 11 touchdowns in '08. His junior season, he helped lead Douglas County to an 11-3 record as Douglas Country finished as the runnerup for the 5A State Championship. He made 70 tackles, intercepted two passes and recovered two fumbles. He also is an All-Conference lacrosse player. He played for head coach Jeff Ketron at Douglas County. Ketron was a former graduate assistant coach under Joe Tiller at the University of Wyoming.

One of four children of Renee and Greg Ruff, he has a twin sister, Lenise, and two brothers, Josh and Adam. His brother Josh is currently a sophomore on the football team at Colorado School of Mines. Ruff was also recruited by Air Force, Colorado State, Navy and Northwestern.

T.J. Smith TE 6-3 215 Fr. Tulsa, Okla. (Booker T. Washington)

T.J. Smith played on a Booker T. Washington team that captured the Oklahoma 5A State Championship in 2008, with a 13-1 record. Smith earned 5A All-District 3 honors in 2008. He caught 27 passes for 444 yards and six touchdowns from his tight end position. His junior season he played wide receiver, catching 46 passes for 929 yards and 13 TDs. Smith is an outstanding two-sport athlete, also having earned three letters in basketball entering his senior season. He will be joined in the 2009 Wyoming Recruiting Class by his high school teammate Shamiel Gary, who is projected as a defensive back for the Cowboys. Smith played for head football coach Antwain Jimmerson.

The youngest of two children of Helene and Terry Smith Sr., he has one older sister, Whitney. His father played college football at Northeastern State in Oklahoma and his uncle, Rod Smith, played football at Oklahoma State. Smith was also recruited by Kansas State.

David Tooley TE 6-5 210 Fr. Moberly, Mo. (Moberly)

David Tooley comes to Wyoming from Moberly, Mo., where he was a Second Team All-State Class 3 selection, as well as being an All-District and All-Area honoree. He caught 57 passes for 921 yards and seven touchdowns his senior season. He helped lead Moberly High to a 7-4 record and the Missouri State Playoffs. An outstanding athlete, he also led Moberly in kickoff returns, with 18 returns for 456 yards and a 25.3 average per return. On defense, he was credited with 54 tackles. His junior year, Tooley's Moberly High team went through the regular season undefeated, with an 11-0 mark, before losing in the third round of the State Playoffs to finish the season 11-1. Tooley was also an All-District and All-Area selection as a junior, catching 48 passes for 608 yards and six TDs. He is an outstanding track and field athlete, earning three letters in track entering his senior season. He played for head football coach Jason Ambroson at Moberly High.

One of two children of Trenia Tooley, he has an older brother Micah. Tooley was also recruited by Kansas State and Missouri.

Thomas Vonashek OL 6-9 280 Fr. St. Simons Island, Ga. (Glynn Academy)

Thomas Vonashek earned All-Area honors three seasons and All-Region honors his last two seasons at Glynn Academy in Brunswick, Ga. A dominating offensive linemen, and the largest signee in the 2009 Wyoming recruiting class, he is a very versatile, all-around athlete. He is currently averaging 17 points and 15 rebounds per game for his high school basketball team. Vonashek also played for the Georgia Elite AAU basketball team of Atlanta the past two years. Georgia Elite was the No. 1 ranked AAU team in the state of Georgia. In track and field, he placed second at the Regional Championships in the discus as a junior, and placed eighth at the State Championships. He played for head football coach Rob Ridings at Glynn Academy.

The son of Miriam and Rick Vonashek, he was also recruited by Clemson, Middle Tennessee and South Carolina.

Mark Willis DL 6-4 230 Fr. Oak Park, Ill. (Oak Park & River Forest)

Mark Willis had an outstanding senior season at Oak Park-River Forest High School in Oak Park, Ill. He made 89 tackles from his defensive end position, including 15.0 sacks. Willis also forced one fumble, recovered one fumble and had one pass breakup. He earned All-West Suburban Conference honors as a senior. His junior season, Willis was credited with 90 tackles, 19.0 sacks, two pass breakups and one forced fumble. An outstanding student, he was a member of the National Honor Society in high school. He played for head football coach Jim Nudera.

The only child of Lucy Willis, he had a cousin, Dee Miller, who played football at Ohio State. Willis was also recruited by Akron, Arizona, Colorado, Louisville, Michigan State, Nebraska, Northern Illinois, Northwestern, Purdue and Wisconsin.

Junior-College Signee
(Who Will Enroll at the University of Wyoming in the Fall of 2009)

Robert Benjamin QB 6-2 205 Jr. Phoenix, Ariz. (Phoenix CC, Ariz.)

Robert Benjamin from Phoenix College in Phoenix, Ariz., is the one junior college signee in new head coach Dave Christensen's first recruiting class at Wyoming. Benjamin will join the Wyoming Football program in the fall of 2009. He will be a junior when the '09 season begins.

Benjamin was the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region I Offensive Player of the Year this past season. In addition to being the Region I Offensive Player of the Year, Benjamin was an Honorable Mention NJCAA All-American. He was one of only eight junior college quarterbacks nationally to earn All-America honors from the NJCAA this season.

Benjamin completed 192 of 355 pass attempts (54.1 percent) for 2,391 yards, 25 touchdowns and only five interceptions. He also ran for 468 yards, for a total of 2,859 yards of total offense.

He led Phoenix College to a No. 12 ranking in the final 2008 NJCAA National Poll. Phoenix posted a 7-4 record and a 6-2 mark in the Western States Football League, placing them second behind Snow College. Snow College ended the season ranked No. 2 in the nation. Phoenix earned a berth in the Valley of the Sun Bowl to conclude the season, marking the first bowl appearance for the Bears since 1986.

Phoenix College entered the Valley of the Sun Bowl ranked No. 8 in the nation. In that game, Benjamin completed 21 of 40 passes (52.5 percent) for 237 yards and threw three TD passes. He also carried the ball five times for 21 yards, including a 15-yard touchdown scamper, as he accounted for 258 yards of total offense in a 38-39 loss to then No. 4 ranked Harper Community College of Illinois

Heading into its bowl game, Phoenix College was ranked No. 11 in the nation in total offense (381.1 yards per game), was also No. 11 in passing offense (224.9 ypg) and ranked No. 22 in rushing offense (156.2 ypg). Individually, Benjamin was ranked No. 6 in the nation in total offense (257.3 ypg), and was No. 7 in passing (212.6 ypg).

He played for head coach Land Jacobsen at Phoenix College. The sophomore prepped at South Mountain High School in Phoenix. Coming out of junior college, Benjamin was also recruited by Utah and Idaho.

Grayshirt Signees From February 2008
(Who Enrolled at UW in the Spring of 2009)

Nick Carlson OL 6-4 235 Fr. Arlington Heights, Ill. (Prospect)

Nick Carlson will give Wyoming another young prospect on the offensive line. Carlson originally signed as a grayshirt in February 2008, meaning he didn't join the Cowboy Football program until January of 2009, and he didn't go on scholarship until then. An athletic center, he earned First Team All-Mid Suburban League honors as a senior.

A multi-sport athlete at Prospect High School, he also played basketball and volleyball in high school. Carlson played for head coach Brent Pearlman at Prospect High School.

The son of Lauren and Craig Carlson, he was also recruited by Northern Illinois and Western Michigan.

Josh Leonard OL 6-4 250 Fr. Helena, Mont. (Helena)

Josh Leonard comes to Wyoming from the neighboring state of Montana, where he played at Helena High School in Helena, Mont. Leonard orignially signed as a grayshirt in February 2008, meaning he didn't join the Cowboy Football program until January of 2009, and he didn't go on scholarship until then. He earned All-Conference honors as both an offensive lineman and defensive end his junior and senior seasons. As a team captain, Leonard helped lead Helena High to the semifinals of both the 2006 and 2007 Class AA State Playoffs, the largest classification in the state in Montana. He played for head coach Tony Arnston at Helena High School.

Leonard was a three-sport standout in high school, competing in wrestling and track in addition to football. He qualified for the state tournament in wrestling on two occasions, including his senior season.

His guardians are Katie and Dustin Temple. He was also recruited by Montana and Montana State.

 

 

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