Football

2013 Football Signings

High School Signees (15)

NamePos.Ht.Wt.ClassHometown (Last School)Highlights
Ryan AnayaLB6-2240Fr.Casper, Wyo. (Natrona County) Watch
James Diamanti*DT6-4285Fr.Grand Junction, Colo. (Grand Junction) Watch
Dalton FieldsDL6-3265Fr.Colorado Springs, Colo. (Pine Creek) Watch
Tanner GentryWR6-2190Fr.Aurora, Colo. (Grandview) Watch
Timmy HayesDB5-9185Fr.Los Angeles, Calif. (Crespi Carmelite) Watch
Tim Kamana*S5-11185Fr.Honolulu, Hawai'i (West Point Prep) Watch
Taylor KnestisOL6-5270Fr.Lakewood, Colo. (Lakewood) Watch
Xavier LewisDB6-0190Fr.Aurora, Colo. (Eaglecrest) Watch
Charlie RenfreeOG6-3283Fr.Scottsdale, Ariz. (Brophy Prep) Watch
Connor RieseOL6-7305Fr.Schofield, Wis. (DC Everest) Watch
Kurtis StirnemanOL6-5270Fr.Lakewood, Ill. (Marian Central Catholic) Watch
Omar Stover*RB5-11197Fr.Bolingbrook, Ill. (Bolingbrook) Watch
Joshua TapscottRB5-9200Fr.Nokesville, Va. (Kettle Run) Watch
Tommy Thornton%QB6-1205Fr.Tempe, Ariz. (Marcos de Niza) Watch
Brendan TurelliLS6-2240Fr.Phoenix, Ariz. (Arcadia) Watch

Junior-College Signees and Transfers (7)

NamePos.Ht.Wt.ClassHometown (Last School)Highlights
Troy Boyland#DT6-2310Jr.Palo Alto, Calif. (College of San Mateo, Calif.) Watch
J.D. Krill#TE6-6255Jr.Mission Viejo, Calif. (Saddleback CC, Calif.) Watch
Jeff Lark#LB6-2213So.Cedar Hill, Texas (Arizona Western CC, Ariz.) Watch
Malkaam Muhammad#LB6-0225So.St. Joseph, Mo. (Iowa Western CC, Iowa) Watch
Albert PerezC6-1285Jr.Los Angeles, Calif. (East Los Angeles CC, Calif.) Watch
Jesse Sampson#S6-0183Jr.Canoga Park, Calif. (College of the Canyons, Calif.) Watch
Jordan Stanton#LB6-0246Jr.Palmdale, Calif. (Los Angeles Pierce CC, Calif.) Watch

Walk-on Awarded a Scholarship (1)

NamePos.Ht.Wt.ClassHometown (Last School)Highlights
Justin Berger^WR6-2205Jr.Danville, Calif. (Diablo Valley CC, Calif.)

* - High School signees who enrolled at UW for the 2013 spring semester
% - Grayshirt signee who originally signed with UW in February, 2012 and enrolled for the 2013 spring semester
# - Junior College signees who enrolled at UW for the 2013 spring semester
^ - Current player awarded a scholarship that counts toward this year's recruiting total

By Position

Offense (11)

NamePos.Ht.Wt.ClassHometown (Last School)Highlights
Justin BergerWR6-2205Jr.Danville, Calif. (Diablo Valley CC, Calif.)
Tanner GentryWR6-2190Fr.Aurora, Colo. (Grandview) Watch
Taylor KnestisOL6-5270Fr.Lakewood, Colo. (Lakewood) Watch
J.D. KrillTE6-6255Jr.Mission Viejo, Calif. (Saddleback CC, Calif.) Watch
Albert PerezC6-1285Jr.Los Angeles, Calif. (East Los Angeles CC, Calif.) Watch
Charlie RenfreeOG6-3283Fr.Scottsdale, Ariz. (Brophy Prep) Watch
Connor RieseOL6-7305Fr.Schofield, Wis. (DC Everest) Watch
Kurtis StirnemanOL6-5270Fr.Lakewood, Ill. (Marian Central Catholic) Watch
Omar StoverRB5-11197Fr.Bolingbrook, Ill. (Bolingbrook) Watch
Joshua TapscottRB5-9200Fr.Nokesville, Va. (Kettle Run) Watch
Tommy ThorntonQB6-1205Fr.Tempe, Ariz. (Marcos de Niza) Watch

Defense (11)

NamePos.Ht.Wt.ClassHometown (Last School)Highlights
Ryan AnayaLB6-2240Fr.Casper, Wyo. (Natrona County) Watch
Troy BoylandDT6-2310Jr.Palo Alto, Calif. (College of San Mateo, Calif.) Watch
James DiamantiDT6-4285Fr.Grand Junction, Colo. (Grand Junction) Watch
Dalton FieldsDL6-3265Fr.Colorado Springs, Colo. (Pine Creek) Watch
Timmy HayesDB5-9185Fr.Los Angeles, Calif. (Crespi Carmelite) Watch
Tim KamanaS5-11185Fr.Honolulu, Hawai'i (West Point Prep) Watch
Jeff LarkLB6-2213So.Cedar Hill, Texas (Arizona Western CC, Ariz.) Watch
Xavier LewisDB6-0190Fr.Aurora, Colo. (Eaglecrest) Watch
Malkaam MuhammadLB6-0225So.St. Joseph, Mo. (Iowa Western CC, Iowa) Watch
Jesse SampsonS6-0183Jr.Canoga Park, Calif. (College of the Canyons, Calif.) Watch
Jordan StantonLB6-0246Jr.Palmdale, Calif. (Los Angeles Pierce CC, Calif.) Watch

Specialists (1)

NamePos.Ht.Wt.ClassHometown (Last School)Highlights
Brendan TurelliLS6-2240Fr.Phoenix, Ariz. (Arcadia) Watch

By State

NamePos.Ht.Wt.ClassHometown (Last School)
Arizona (3)
Charlie RenfreeOG6-3283Fr.Scottsdale, Ariz. (Brophy Prep)
Tommy ThorntonQB6-1205Fr.Tempe, Ariz. (Marcos de Niza)
Brendan TurelliLS6-2240Fr.Phoenix, Ariz. (Arcadia)
California (7)
Justin BergerWR6-2205Jr.Danville, Calif. (Diablo Valley CC, Calif.)
Troy BoylandDT6-2310Jr.Palo Alto, Calif. (College of San Mateo, Calif.)
Timmy HayesDB5-9185Fr.Los Angeles, Calif. (Crespi Carmelite)
J.D. KrillTE6-6255Jr.Mission Viejo, Calif. (Saddleback CC, Calif.)
Albert PerezC6-1285Jr.Los Angeles, Calif. (East Los Angeles CC, Calif.)
Jesse SampsonS6-0183Jr.Canoga Park, Calif. (College of the Canyons, Calif.)
Jordan StantonLB6-0246Jr.Palmdale, Calif. (Los Angeles Pierce CC, Calif.)
Colorado (5)
James DiamantiDT6-4285Fr.Grand Junction, Colo. (Grand Junction)
Dalton FieldsDL6-3265Fr.Colorado Springs, Colo. (Pine Creek)
Tanner GentryWR6-2190Fr.Aurora, Colo. (Grandview)
Taylor KnestisOL6-5270Fr.Lakewood, Colo. (Lakewood)
Xavier LewisDB6-0190Fr.Aurora, Colo. (Eaglecrest)
Hawai'i (1)
Tim KamanaS5-11185Fr.Honolulu, Hawai'i (West Point Prep)
Illinois (2)
Kurtis StirnemanOL6-5270Fr.Lakewood, Ill. (Marian Central Catholic)
Omar StoverRB5-11197Fr.Bolingbrook, Ill. (Bolingbrook)
Missouri (1)
Malkaam MuhammadLB6-0225So.St. Joseph, Mo. (Iowa Western CC, Iowa)
Texas (1)
Jeff LarkLB6-2213So.Cedar Hill, Texas (Arizona Western CC, Ariz.)
Virginia (1)
Joshua TapscottRB5-9200Fr.Nokesville, Va. (Kettle Run)
Wisconsin (1)
Connor RieseOL6-7305Fr.Schofield, Wis. (DC Everest)
Wyoming (1)
Ryan AnayaLB6-2240Fr.Casper, Wyo. (Natrona County)

Bios

High-School Signees


Ryan Anaya • LB • 6-2 • 240 • Fr. • Casper, Wyo. (Natrona County)
Ryan Anaya (pronounced uh-NIGH-uh) helped lead his Natrona County High School team to a perfect 12-0 record and the Wyoming 4A State Championship in 2012. Class 4A is the largest classification in Wyoming. Anaya was named to the Casper Star-Tribune Super 25 Second Team as a senior linebacker, despite missing time at the end of the season due to injury. He also was selected to the 4A West All-Conference First Team at linebacker as a senior. He helped lead a Natrona defense that ranked No. 1 in the state of Wyoming in rushing defense (46.4 yards allowed per game) and total defense (140.0 yards allowed per game) and ranked No. 2 in the state in pass defense (93.6 yards allowed per game). Anaya had 7.5 sacks and intercepted two passes in his injury-shortened senior season. As a junior, he played tight end and linebacker and was named First Team All-State Class 4A by the Wyoming Coaches Association. He was credited with 44 total tackles, 6.0 tackles for loss, one interception, one fumble recovery and one pass breakup as a junior. He also had 11 receptions for 172 yards as a junior. Over the past three seasons, his Natrona football team posted a combined 33-2 record and won state championships his senior and sophomore seasons. Anaya is also an outstanding track and field athlete. He won the state championship in the long jump as a junior, and earned All-State honors. Academically, Anaya achieved Honor Roll status as both a junior and senior at Natrona County High. He played for head football coach Steve Harshman. Born Nov. 25, 1994, he is one of four children of Misty and Ralph Anaya.


James Diamanti • DT • 6-4 • 285 • Fr. • Grand Junction, Colo. (Grand Junction)
James Diamanti (pronounced dye-uh-MANT-ee) is a 6-4, 285-pound defensive tackle from Grand Junction, Colo. The Denver Post selected Diamanti to its 2012 First Team All-Colorado squad for all classifications his senior season at Grand Junction High. He was also named to the Post's Class 5A First Team All-State squad. Class 5A is the largest classification in Colorado. Diamanti is ranked as the No. 24 recruit in the state of Colorado in 2012 by 247Sports.com. He was named his conference's Player of the Year his senior season, while being credited with 88 tackles, 5.0 sacks, four forced fumbles and three recovered fumbles. Grand Junction posted a 6-4 record and lost in the first round of the state playoffs his senior season. His junior season, Grand Junction compiled an 11-1 record before falling in the quarterfinals of the state playoffs. He made 50 tackles, had 4.0 sacks, forced three fumbles and recovered one fumble as a junior, earning him First Team All-Conference honors. He also started as a sophomore, and was credited with 42 tackles, 2.0 sacks and two forced fumbles, while his team posted a 10-2 record and advanced to the quarterfinals of state. He played for head football coach Robbie Owens. Born Oct. 18, 1994, he is one of three children of Summer and Deno Diamanti. Diamanti was also recruited by Colorado, Colorado State, New Mexico State and UTEP.


Dalton Fields • DL • 6-3 • 265 • Fr. • Colorado Springs, Colo. (Pine Creek)
Dalton Fields earned First Team All-State Class 4A honors from the Colorado Prep Report and Honorable Mention All-State Class 4A from the Denver Post as a defensive lineman his senior year. Class 4A is the second largest classification in the state of Colorado. He was also named to the Colorado Springs 5A/4A All-Area First Team. Rivals.com ranks Fields as the No. 14 recruit in the state of Colorado in 2012. 247Sports.com ranks him as the No. 19 recruit in Colorado. His junior season, Fields was named First Team All-State Class 4A as an offensive lineman by the Denver Post. He was credited with 70 tackles, 3.0 sacks, eight pass breakups and one fumble recovery as a junior, while helping his Pine Creek High team to the 4A State Championship game where they finished as the state runner-up. He was named defensive line MVP at the National Underclassmen Combine (NUC) National 5-Star Day in Los Angeles, Calif., in March of 2012. He was elected a football team captain as a senior. He also participates in wrestling and track and field. He placed sixth in the shot put at the state championships his junior season. Fields played for head football coach Todd Miller. Born Dec. 13, 1994, he is the son of Cindy and Damon Fields. Fields was also recruited by Colorado State.


Tanner Gentry • WR • 6-2 • 190 • Fr. • Aurora, Colo. (Grandview)
Tanner Gentry has been one of the top high school football players in the state of Colorado the past two seasons. The Denver Post named him to the All-Colorado team for all classifications and First Team All-State Class 5A as a wide receiver his senior season of 2012. Gentry was also named to the Mile High Sports All-Colorado First Team as a senior. As a junior, the Denver Post selected him First Team All-State Class 5A as a defensive back. Gentry is ranked by Rivals.com as the No. 15 recruit in the state of Colorado in 2012, and is ranked by 247Sports.com as the No. 23 recruit in the state. He caught 52 passes for 1,019 yards and nine receiving touchdowns, while rushing for 169 yards on 19 carries and scoring six TDs on the ground as a senior. Gentry also intercepted six passes from his defensive back position. He helped lead his Grandview High team to an 8-4 record and the quarterfinals of the state playoffs. His junior season, Gentry caught 50 passes for 693 yards and seven TDs, while intercepting 10 opponent passes. Grandview posted an 11-2 record and advanced to the state semifinals. As a sophomore, he had six receptions for 102 yards and scored two touchdowns, while earning All-Conference honors. His team finished the 2010 season 8-5, losing in the state semifinals. He was elected a team captain as a senior. Gentry played for head football coach John Schultz. Born Dec. 18, 1994, he is the oldest of three children of Robin and Ryan Gentry. His dad played football at Western State in Colorado. Gentry was also recruited by Air Force, Arizona, Colorado, Colorado State, Utah, Utah State and Washington State.


Timmy Hayes • DB • 5-9 • 185 • Fr. • Los Angeles, Calif. (Crespi Carmelite)
Timmy Hayes comes to Wyoming from Crespi Carmelite High School in Encino, Calif. The Los Angeles native earned First Team All-Serra League as a running back his senior season. He helped lead Crespi to an 8-2 record in 2012, while being named his team's Most Valuable Player. He had 32 carries for 485 yards and scored five touchdowns his senior season. On defense, he was credited with 45 tackles, intercepted four passes and had six pass breakups. He earned Time Warner Player of the Game honors versus Alemany, as he rushed 20 times for 168 yards and three touchdowns,while also intercepting a pass to lead Crespi to a 29-27 victory. Hayes final TD run of the night was a 75-yarder. Hayes was also named the Defensive Player of the Week for his performance vs. Taft. He played for head football coach Jon Mack. Born Dec. 13, 1994, Hayes is the youngest of three children of Antoinette and Timothy Hayes. He has two cousins who played college football and are currently playing in the NFL. Those two cousins are running back Reggie Bush, of USC and currently the Miami Dolphins, and defensive end D'Aundre Reed, who played at the University of Arizona and is currently a member of the Minnesota Vikings. Hayes was also recruited by California, New Mexico State, Oregon State and Utah.


Tim Kamana • S • 5-11 • 185 • Fr. • Honolulu, Hawai'i (West Point Prep)
Tim Kamana (pronounced kom-uh-NAH) was a mid-year signee for the Wyoming Cowboys, who enrolled at UW in January 2013. He came to Wyoming from the U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School at West Point. Kamana spent the 2012 fall semester at West Point Prep after graduating from Punahou High School in Honolulu, Hawai'i in the spring of 2012. In his senior season of 2011, he earned Third Team All-State honors as a safety and First Team All-Interscholastic League of Honolulu (ILH) accolades. As a team captain, he helped lead Punahou High to an 11-3 record and an appearance in the State Championship Game where Punahou High finished as the State Runner-up. He captained his high school track and field team his sophomore, junior and senior years. His high school track and field team won the state team titles his sophomore and junior seasons and placed third his senior year. As a sophomore, he was part of the 4x400-meter and 4x100-meter state championship relay teams. The 4x100-meter relay team set a state record. As a junior, he once again was a member of the state champion 4x400-meter relay squad, and he placed fourth in state in the 200 meters. As a senior, he was part of the state championship 4x400-meter relay team. He played for head football coach Kale Ane. Born Aug. 15, 1994, he is one of four children of Heidi and Carter Kamana. His father, Carter, played football at Michigan State. His grandfather, John Kamana Jr., and uncle, John Kamana III, both played football at USC. Coming out of high school, Kamana was also recruited by Army and Hawai'i.


Taylor Knestis • OL • 6-5 • 270 • Fr. • Lakewood, Colo. (Lakewood)
Taylor Knestis (pronounced NESS-tus) was ranked by 247Sports.com as the No. 14 recruit in the state of Colorado as a senior in 2012. Knestis was also named to the Mile High Sports All-Colorado First Team as a senior. He was a First Team All-Jeffco Conference selection as an offensive tackle in 2012. Selected as a team captain his senior season, he didn't allow a single sack. His junior season, he helped lead Lakewood High to a 13-2 record and the 5A State Championship game, finishing as the state runner-up. Over his four-year career, his Lakewood High football team posted a record of 37-8. Knestis also earned Academic All-Conference honors as a senior. He played for head coach Mark Robinson. Born Sept. 15, 1994, he is the youngest of two sons of Lisa and John Knestis. Knestis was also recruited by Air Force, Brigham Young, Colorado State and Cornell.


Xavier Lewis • DB • 6-0 • 190 • Fr. • Aurora, Colo. (Eaglecrest)
Xavier Lewis was named the winner of the Denver Post's 2012 Gold Helmet Award, which signifies the state of Colorado's top senior football player, scholar and citizen each season. Lewis was named to the Post's All-Colorado team for all classifications, and the Post's Class 5A First Team as a safety. Lewis is ranked by 247Sports.com as the No. 20 recruit in the state of Colorado in 2012. He led Eaglecrest to a 7-5 record as a senior and the quarterfinals of the state playoffs. He was credited with 105 tackles, six forced fumbles and one interception in 2012. As a junior, Lewis made 85 tackles, forced five fumbles and intercepted one pass. His sophomore season, he was credited with 80 tackles and forced two fumbles. He was selected a team captain both his junior and senior seasons. An honor student for all four years of high school, Lewis was also honored by the National Football Foundation as a Colorado Scholar-Athlete his senior year. He ranks fifth academically in a class of 522 at Eaglecrest High School. He played for head coach Mike Schmitt. Born March 11, 1995, he is one of four children of Michelle and Quentin Lewis. Lewis was also recruited by Air Force and Colorado.


Charlie Renfree • OG • 6-3 • 283 • Fr. • Scottsdale, Ariz. (Brophy Prep)
Charlie Renfree earned All-State, All-Section and All-City honors both his junior and senior seasons. Renfree was ranked as the No. 34 recruit in the state of Arizona by 247Sports.com as a senior. Renfree was selected to the Arizona Division I All-State Second Team as a senior by the Arizona Republic (AZCentral.com). He led his Brophy College Prep team to a 10-3 record and the semifinals of the state playoffs. His junior season, Brophy Prep compiled an 11-1 record and advanced to the quarterfinals of the state playoffs. He played for head football coach Scooter Molander. Born Aug. 30, 1994, he is the youngest of three sons of Lisa and Kevin Renfree. His oldest brother Sean played quarterback at Duke from 2009-12. His father played linebacker at Notre Dame. Renfree was also recruited by Idaho, Nevada and San Jose State.


Connor Riese • OL • 6-7 • 305 • Fr. • Schofield, Wis. (D.C. Everest)
Connor Riese (pronounced REESE-ee) is ranked by Rivals.com as a three-star recruit and the No. 14 overall recruit in the state of Wisconsin. He earned All-Area and All-Conference honors as a senior at D.C. Everest High School in Schofield, Wis. Riese was credited with 31 knock-down blocks, and converted a perfect 100 percent of his long snaps as a field-goal snapper. He played for head coach Luke Coenen. Born Sept. 27, 1995, he is the oldest of two children of Becky Brown and Jay Riese. His grandfather, Tom Schulz, ran track at Western Michigan, and his uncle, Brett Schulz, played football at Mount Senario College in Wisconsin. Riese was also recruited by Illinois, Iowa State, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northern Purdue, Western Michigan and Wisconsin.


Kurtis Stirneman • OL • 6-5 • 270 • Fr. • Lakewood, Ill. (Marian Central Catholic)
Kurtis Stirneman (pronounced STIR-nuh-mun) achieved First Team All-Area and First Team All-Conference honors his senior season at Marian Central Catholic High School in Woodstock, Ill. As a junior, he earned Honorable Mention All-Conference honors. He helped lead his Marian Central Catholic team to an 11-1 record and the quarterfinals of the state playoffs as a junior. As a senior, his Marian Catholic team posted its second consecutive 11-1 record and second consecutive appearance in the quarterfinals of the state playoffs. He played for head coach Ed Brucker. Born Oct. 28, 1994, he is the youngest of three children of Karol and Tim Stirneman. Stirneman was also recruited by Ball State, Bowling Green and Western Michigan.


Omar Stover • RB • 5-11 • 197 • Fr. • Bolingbrook, Ill. (Bolingbrook)
Omar Stover comes to Wyoming from Bolingbrook High School in Bolingbrook, Ill. The 5-11, 197-pound running back was named to the 2012 Illinois Football Coaches Association All-State Team for Class 8A, the largest classification in Illinois. Stover also earned All-Area honors his senior season. He rushed for 1,012 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior, while leading Bolingbrook to a 7-4 record and the second round of the state playoffs. As a junior in 2011, he started on a Bolingbrook team that captured the State Championship with a 13-1 record. He played for head football coach John Ivlow at Bolingbrook High. Born Jan. 30, 1995, he is one of five children of Wanda Morgan and Omar Stover. Stover was also recruited by Bowling Green, Ole Miss and Western Michigan.


Joshua Tapscott • RB • 5-9 • 200 • Fr. • Nokesville, Va. (Kettle Run)
Joshua Tapscott earned First Team Virginia AA All-State honors from VirginiaPreps.com his senior season of 2012. He was also named the Region II, Division 3 Offensive Player of the Year. Although he missed two games due to injury, he rushed for 1,278 yards and scored 16 touchdowns on 178 carries. He scored a touchdown in 20 consecutive games over his junior and senior seasons. His Kettle Run High team compiled an 11-3 record, advancing to the state semifinals. As a junior, Tapscott rushed for 1,370 yards and 18 touchdowns on 206 attempts, while earning First Team All-State honors. His team posted a 13-1 record and made its first of two consecutive state semifinal appearances. He rushed for 652 yards and scored five TDs on 135 carries as a sophomore. Tapscott is also an accomplished long jumper and sprinter on his track and field team. He played for head football coach Jeff Lloyd. Born Aug. 6, 1995, he is the youngest of four children of Esther and Kenneth. His older brother, Kenneth III, played football at Ferrum College. Tapscott was also recruited by Boston College, Maryland, Ohio and Wake Forest.


Tommy Thornton • QB • 6-1 • 205 • Fr. • Tempe, Ariz. (Marcos de Niza)
Tommy Thornton, a high-school quarterback from Tempe, Ariz., signed a national letter of intent with the Wyoming Football program in February of 2012. He decided to grayshirt, meaning he chose to postpone his enrollment at the University of Wyoming until the 2013 spring semester. He is a 6-1, 205-pound, quarterback who played his high school football at Marcos de Niza High School in Tempe, Ariz. Thornton received First Team All-State Division II recognition from the Arizona Coaches Association his senior season. He also was named an Honorable Mention All-State Division II honoree by the Arizona Republic as a senior at Marcos de Niza High. Division II is the second largest classification in Arizona. Thornton threw for 2,544 yards and had 20 touchdown passes, while completing 65 percent of his passes in 2011. He added 812 rushing yards and eight rushing TDs. As a junior, he threw for 1,934 yards and 23 touchdowns. He was voted a team captain as both a junior and senior, and led his Marcos de Niza team to back-to-back 9-3 seasons in 2010 and `11, advancing to the Quarterfinals of the State Playoffs both seasons. He played for head football coach Roy Lopez. Thornton began his high school career at Ponderosa High School in Parker, Colo., which is the same high school as current Wyoming Cowboy Riley Lange. Born on Sept. 30, 1993, he is the son of Gina and Jim Thornton. He has one older brother, Jake. Thornton was also recruited by Arizona, Brown, Navy and Utah State.


Brendan Turelli • LS • 6-2 • 240 • Fr. • Phoenix, Ariz. (Arcadia)
Brendan Turelli (pronounced tur-ELL-ee) will come to Wyoming as a leading candidate to take over as the Cowboys' new long snapper. Turelli was selected to and played in the 2013 Under Armour All-America Game on Jan. 4 in St. Petersburg, Fla. He is ranked as the No. 6 long snapper recruit in the nation by Scout.com. Turelli earned All-Division, All-Section and All-City honors as a junior and senior. His junior year, his Arcadia High team advanced to the semifinals of the state playoffs with a 10-3 record. He played for head football coach Lenny Abt. Born Aug. 9, 1994, he is the oldest of three children of Jennifer and Tim Turelli. His mother played soccer at UC Davis and his father played football at Wisconsin-Whitewater. Turelli was also recruited by Air Force, Arizona State, Boise State, Kansas, Nebraska, Oregon State, Stanford, TCU, Utah and Washington State.

Junior College Signees


Troy Boyland • DT • 6-2 • 310 • Jr. • Palo Alto, Calif. (College of San Mateo, Calif.)
Troy Boyland is a 6-2, 310-pound defensive tackle from Palo Alto, Calif. He played two years of junior-college football at College of San Mateo in San Mateo, Calif. He is ranked as the 16th best junior-college defensive tackle recruit in the country by 247Sports.com., and also received a three-star ranking from that recruiting website. Boyland played for head coach Bret Pollack at College of San Mateo. Boyland played his high school football at Palo Alto Senior High in Palo Alto, Calif., where his head coach was Earl Hansen. Born Dec. 16, 1991, Boyland is one of four children of Arletha Green and Troy King. Boyland was also recruited by Middle Tennessee, Texas A&M, UNLV, Washington State and Western Michigan.


J.D. Krill • TE • 6-6 • 255 • Jr. • Mission Viejo, Calif. (Saddleback CC, Calif.)
J.D. Krill is a 6-6, 255-pound tight end from Mission Viejo, Calif. Krill played two seasons of junior-college football at Saddleback Community College in Mission Viejo. He is ranked as the No. 12 best JC tight end recruit in the country by 247Sports.com. Rivals.com gives Krill a three-star rating. He caught 10 passes for 98 yards and one touchdown as a sophomore in 2012. As a freshman in 2011, Krill had five receptions for 42 yards and one touchdown. His head coach at Saddleback Community College was Mark McElroy. Krill played his high school football at Aliso Niguel High in Mission Viejo. Krill's brother, Brett, is a professional baseball player in the San Francisco Giants minor-league system. His father, John, played basketball at Texas A&M. Krill was also recruited by Connecticut, Ole Miss and Texas State.


Jeff Lark • LB • 6-2 • 213 • So. • Cedar Hill, Texas (Arizona Western CC, Ariz.)
Jeff Lark, a 6-2, 213-pound junior-college linebacker from Arizona Western Community College in Yuma, Ariz., is joining the Cowboy Football program at the start of the 2013 spring semester. Lark is ranked by 247Sports.com recruiting website as the 17th best JC outside linebacker in the nation, and gives Lark a three-star rating. He played one season at Arizona Western in 2012, after redshirting his first season of 2011. He will have three years of eligibility at Wyoming. In 2012, Lark was credited with 62 tackles, 3.0 sacks, 5.0 tackles for loss, forced two fumbles and intercepted one pass, which he returned for a touchdown. Arizona Western posted an 8-2 record, including a 42-37 win over Nassau Community College of New York in the El Toro Bowl in Yuma, Ariz. His head coach at Arizona Western was Tom Minnick. Lark is originally from Cedar Hill, Texas, where he played at Cedar Hill High School. After high school, he played one year at Cushing Academy in Ashburnham, Mass. At Cushing Academy, he recorded 57 tackles, 6.0 sacks and had 12 passes broken up, playing safety and cornerback. Born April 18, 1991, he was also recruited by Texas A&M.


Malkaam Muhammad • LB • 6-0 • 225 • So. • St. Joseph, Mo. (Iowa Western CC, Iowa)
Malkaam Muhammad is a 6-0, 225-pound linebacker originally from St. Joseph, Mo. He is the younger brother of former Wyoming linebacker Ghaali Muhammad, who just completed his senior season with the Cowboys in 2012. The younger Muhammad played at Iowa Western Community College in 2011 and redshirted this past season of 2012. Iowa Western captured the 2012 National Junior College Athletic Association National Championship, with a perfect 12-0 record. As a freshman in 2011, Muhammad recorded 38 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and 0.5 sacks. Iowa Western was 9-2 in 2011, and ended the season ranked No. 7 in the final NJCAA national poll. He played for head coach Scott Strohmeier at Iowa Western. As a high school senior at Central High School in St. Joseph, Mo., Muhammad earned First Team All-State, All-District and All-City honors. He played linebacker, running back and returned kicks. Muhammad rushed for over 1,500 yards as a running back his senior season. He was also a team captain as a senior. As a junior, he rushed for over 1,000 yards. He was a four-year letterman in football and track at Central High School, and played for head football coach Jeff Wallace. Born March 14, 1992, he is the son of Jamma and Marcell Jackson, Jr. He has one sibling -- his older brother Ghaali. 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 at Nebraska from 1995-98. Muhammad was also recruited by Colorado State, Nevada and Western Kentucky.


Albert Perez • C • 6-1 • 285 • Jr. • Los Angeles, Calif. (East Los Angeles CC, Calif.)
Albert Perez comes to Wyoming from East Los Angeles Community College. He earned First Team All-Conference honors as a center both his freshman and sophomore seasons at East Los Angeles CC. As a sophomore, he helped lead his team to a conference championship. His junior college coach was Steve McJarro. Perez played his high school football at Schurr High in Montebello, Calif. Both his junior and senior years of high school, he was named First Team All-Almont League, was selected as the Almont League Lineman of the Year, was selected First Team All-Mid Valley and earned First Team All-CIF honors. In addition to playing offensive line in high school, he also played on the defensive line. His senior season, he was credited with 88 tackles and 15.0 sacks. As a junior, he made 69 tackles, had 5.0 sacks and forced two fumbles. He played for head coach Marco Ramirez at Schurr High. Born June 30, 1992, he was also recruited by Arkansas State, Florida Atlantic, Florida International and Louisiana Tech.


Jesse Sampson • S • 6-0 • 183 • Jr. • Canoga Park, Calif. (College of the Canyons, Calif.)
Jesse Sampson is a 6-0, 183-pound safety from Canoga Park, Calif. Sampson led his College of the Canyons team in tackles in 2012, with a total of 61 tackles in 10 games. College of the Canyons earned a bid to the Southern California Bowl to end the season, where they lost a close 21-24 game to Santa Ana College. He ranked 13th in the Southern California Football Association's Northern Conference in tackles, averaging 6.1 tackles per game. He had 31 solo tackles and 30 assisted tackles. Sampson added 3.0 tackles for losses, one interception and two pass breakups as a sophomore for the College of the Canyons. The Cougars posted a 6-5 overall record in 2012, and won four of their last six games. They placed third in the Southern California Football Association's Northern Conference, with a 4-2 conference mark. His freshman season, Sampson also led the Cougars in tackles, with 49, including 24 solo tackles, 25 assists and 2.0 tackles for losses. He intercepted one pass, had two pass breakups and forced one fumble in 2011. Sampson earned Second Team All-Conference recognition as both a freshman and sophomore. He also earned Dean's List honors both years in junior college. He played for head coach Garett Tujague at College of the Canyons. In high school, Sampson played both safety and wide receiver at Bishop Alemany High School. Bishop Alemany was ranked No. 9 in the state of California his senior season, posting a 13-1 record and advancing to the CIF State Semifinals. As a senior, he recorded 76 tackles, 4.0 sacks, and intercepted one pass. Sampson was named All-Serra League as a senior. His junior season, he was credited with 83 tackles, 4.0 sacks, two interceptions, one pass breakup and two fumble recoveries. Sampson earned All-Mission League honors and Second Team All-CIF honors as a junior, as he helped lead Bishop Alemany to a 10-4 record and a CIF Championship. He was an honor student throughout high school. Born July 24, 1993, he is the son of Natalie and Anthony Sampson. He has one older brother, Anthony, and one younger sister, Brianna. His brother played football at UC Davis. Coming out of junior college, Sampson was also recruited by Hawai'i and New Mexico.


Jordan Stanton • LB • 6-0 • 246 • Jr. • Palmdale, Calif. (Los Angeles Pierce CC, Calif.)
Jordan Stanton is a 6-0, 246-pound inside linebacker from Palmdale, Calif. Stanton tallied 29 tackles as a sophomore at L.A. Pierce Community College, including 21 solo tackles, eight assists, 3.0 sacks, 7.0 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, one recovered fumble and one pass breakup. He helped lead L.A. Pierce to a 9-2 overall record, a 6-1 conference mark and a second-place finish in the Southern California Football Association Pacific Conference. L.A. Pierce won the Patriotic Bowl Championship over Mt. San Jacinto by a score of 37-34. Stanton earned Second Team All-Conference honors as a sophomore in 2012. He played for head coach Efrain Martinez at L.A. Pierce. In high school, Stanton played at Pete Knight High School in Palmdale, Calif. He was named a team captain as both a junior and senior. Stanton was credited with 139 tackles, forced five fumbles, intercepted three passes and recovered two fumbles as a linebacker his senior season. He also rushed for over 700 yards as a running back, and scored 12 touchdowns. He was named the Golden League Defensive Player of the Year, earned First Team All-League and was named a National Football Foundation High School Scholar-Athlete. His junior season, he recorded 90 tackles and forced two fumbles. He received an Award of Academic Excellence from his high school, achieving a 3.83 grade-point average. His high school coach was Corey Guilfoos. Born Sept. 24, 1993, he is the son of Linda and Darrell Stanton. He has an older brother, Darrell Jr., an older sister, Asia, and a younger brother, Joshua. Coming out of junior college, Stanton was also recruited by Arkansas State.

Walk-on Awarded a Scholarship


Justin Berger • WR • 6-2 • 205 • Jr. • Danville, Calif. (Diablo Valley CC, Calif.)
Justin Berger was awarded a scholarship in the 2013 spring semester after walking on to the Wyoming Cowboy Football program in the summer of 2012. Berger caught three passes for 36 yards and scored one touchdown in his first season with the Wyoming Cowboys in 2012. His one TD reception was a critical catch at Idaho, which contributed to Wyoming's thrilling 40-37 overtime win on the road. He came to Wyoming as a walk-on from Diablo Valley CC in Calif., where he played one season in 2011. At Diablo Valley, Berger caught five passes and scored one touchdown while playing tight end. His Diablo Valley squad posted an 8-3 record and lost in their postseason bowl game. He played for head coach Mike Darr in junior college. Berger played his high school football at San Ramon Valley High School in Danville, Calif. He was voted his team's Offensive MVP as a senior, catching 42 passes for 758 yards. He played for head coach Mark Kessler at San Ramon Valley High. Berger was born Nov. 22, 1991.


 

 

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