This week we will wrap up the Mountain division of the MWC by checking out Wyoming. Ah yes, the perennial whipping boy of the MWC. That had generally been reserved for New Mexico, but we all know what happened last year... There was much hype and joviality when Bohl came on board two years ago, but the transition from FCS to FBS has been a little tougher.
But, to their credit, they have been recruiting a little better, most notably RB Brian Hill. He was a SOLID RB for them, and had he had a better OL, his numbers would have been stellar. Do they have any Brian Hill-esque recruits for 2016? Let's find out!
John Okwoli, WR, Phoenix, AZ (North Canyon) 6'2" 190lbs
We are all (most of us) familiar with his name. Okwoli was more or less ready to commit to the Broncos when he was informed there were no spots available. Ogbebor took the final WR roster sport for the Broncos, and Utah State filled their final spot for Okwoli. Whether Wyoming was Okwoli's ideal landing spot, we won't know, but what is BSU and USU's loss is Wyoming's gain. While The Broncos and Aggies ran out of room, Wyoming had a spot, and Okwoli took it. His senior season for North Canyon, John had 51 receptions for 747 yards and 6 TDs. As a junior, he had 81 receptions for 1,408 yards and 10 TD, so he was very productive at the high school level. A lot will hinge on quarterback play for John at Wyoming, but he has the tools to be a great player for them. John has enough agility and speed to be dangerous as well.
Theo Dawson, RB/LB, Jackson Hole, WY (Jackson Hole) 6'2" 218lbs
Dawson was the Wyoming Gatorade Player of the Year for 2015, which is a big deal. While Wyoming isn't necessarily a recruiting hotbed, to be recognized as one of the best players in your state is always awesome. He has 2,449 rush yards and 29 touchdowns, though I'm not sure if that is just for his senior season or his career. Very well could be his 2015 campaign. He's listed as both a LB and RB, but I expect he will play RB for the Pokes. At 6'2 and 218lbs, he's a load, and with a 4.57 Sparq verified 40 time, he's fast for his size. If Wyoming can increase production on the OL, he could be dangerous. I wouldn't count on that happening, but you never know. He's definitely fast on his tape, and he not only doesn't shy away from contact, he welcomes it. It seems like he seeks out the path with the most players he can hit.
Tyler Hall, DB, Hawthorne, CA (Hawthorne) 5'10" 175lbs
Tyler Hall might be the most common name for a high school football player. It took me 5 minutes just to find him on Max Preps. ANYWAY, Tyler finished his senior season with 52 total tackles, 42 solo, and 3 INTs. He was a solid contributor for the Cavaliers. While Hall didn't garner any other offers, he has the size and speed to play right aware for the Cowboys. He's a physical corner that can lay the wood if need be, but with plenty of awareness to pick off a lazy QB.
As a side note, Wyoming was all messed up on the recruiting sites. Rivals listed Wyoming as having 25 commits, while Scout listed 18, and obviously not all of the players matched. It made it slightly more difficult to choose the players. I feel like these 3 are good representatives of the Wyoming 2015 class.
Next week, we'll get into the West division. We've already covered San Diego State, so we'll move on to Fresno State. Tune in next week! GO BRONCOS!