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Bohl introduces his first recruiting class for Cowboy football
New University of Wyoming head football coach Craig Bohl spoke to supporters Thursday afternoon in the Wildcatter Suites at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie as he announced his 2014 recruiting class on national signing day. Photo by Craig Blumenshine

Bohl introduces his first recruiting class for Cowboy football

Feb 6, 2014 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer

LARAMIE -- Saying that from a standpoint of recruiting he was able to do the things that really needed to get done, new University of Wyoming head football coach Craig Bohl announced his 2014 Wyoming Cowboy football recruiting class Thursday afternoon in the Wildcatter Suites above War Memorial Stadium in Laramie.

Bohl listed 22 athletes, including two junior college transfers, who have signed national letters of intent to play football at the University of Wyoming.

Thursday was national signing day for college football programs across the country, and it was the first day that coaches could comment on individual signees. Bohl intermixed athletes' video highlights with his comments as he introduced the class.

"We composed what we would determine as our Wyoming profile. I would say the results today exceeded our expectations both in the depth of the class, the numbers and the quality," Bohl told a group of supporters Thursday afternoon.

Included in the class was one Wyoming athlete, Austin Fort, who played his high school football in Gillette.

"We really believe he is the top player in the state this year and can do all kinds of different things. We really think that he has an upside to play quarterback at that size, 6-foot-4, 210 pounds. He's going to get lined up at quarterback as we come into camp," Bohl said.

Bohl added that it will be a priority for his staff to recruit "the great state of Wyoming."

Bohl said he recruited players he felt could compete in the Mountain West Conference and that he kept to a commitment he made with North Dakota State University to not recruit players he had contacted for the Bison prior to being announced as Wyoming‚'s new coach.

Bohl comes to Wyoming after being the head coach at NDSU for 11 seasons and winning the past three consecutive Football Championship Subdivision national titles -- a division below Wyoming's. Bohl was hired by Wyoming in December to replace Dave Christensen, who was fired after five seasons.

"We had to make up a lot of ground in a hurry. It has been an exciting time for us," Bohl said.

University of Wyoming 2014 football recruiting class:

Junior College Signees and Transfers (2)

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

Jacob Hollister TE 6-4 230 So. Bend, Ore. (Arizona Western CC, Ariz.)

Aaron Young QB 6-2 208 So. Sacramento, Calif. (ASA CC, N.Y.)

High-School Signees (20)

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

Richard Bettencourt* OL 6-3 290 Fr. Meridian, Idaho (Meridian)

Alex Bush LB 6-2 220 Fr. La Habra, Calif. (La Habra)

Conner Cain DT 6-4 250 Fr. Littleton, Colo. (Heritage)

Ryan Cummings OL 6-5 290 Fr. Littleton, Colo. (Valor Christian)

Nico Evans RB 5-9 177 Fr. Los Angeles, Calif. (Loyola)

Austin Fort QB 6-4 210 Fr. Gillette, Wyo. (Campbell County)

Brian Hill RB 6-1 210 Fr. Belleville, Ill. (Belleville West)

John Jackson DE 6-2 265 Fr. Oro Valley, Ariz. (Canyon Del Oro)

C.J. Jennings CB 5-10 175 Fr. Orlando, Fla. (Jones)

Brinkley Jolly TE 6-5 230 Fr. Liberty, Mo. (Liberty North)

Grant Lewis TE 6-5 225 Fr. Memphis, Tenn. (White Station)

Sidney Malauulu DT 6-3 280 Fr. Sierra Vista, Ariz. (Buena)

Tyree Mayfield TE 6-3 212 Fr. St. Joseph, Mo. (Central)

Chavez Pownell S 5-11 183 Fr. Tampa, Fla. (Jefferson)

Robert Priester CB 5-9 165 Fr. Tampa, Fla. (Robinson)

Nick Smith QB 6-4 212 Fr. Merritt Island, Fla. (Merritt Island)

Joshua Stanton DE 6-3 240 Fr. Valencia, Calif. (Valencia)

Cole Turner OL 6-4 285 Fr. Cedar Rapids, Iowa (Xavier)

Daniel Vega DT 6-4 260 Fr. Cedar Rapids, Iowa (Xavier)

Ryon'e Winters CB 6-0 180 Fr. Grandview, Mo. (Grandview)

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