LARAMIE — Now that Wyoming football’s 2018 recruiting class is more or less complete, the Cowboys’ roster is now entirely comprised of players recruited by Craig Bohl, who will enter his fifth year as Wyoming’s head coach later this year.
Last year’s fifth-year seniors were the last round of Wyoming players who came to Wyoming under former head coach Dave Christensen.
Director of player personnel Gordie Haug hopes the fifth time is a charm.
“We had pretty extensive meetings these last couple days to go through recruiting, and just the difference in classes — you kind of start figuring out what type of kids actually fit here,” said Haug, who has coordinated Wyoming’s recruiting efforts every year under Bohl. “And that’s the most important part. You can kind of see the attrition rate, and kids are sticking, and they’re having success. So, I think the model that we’ve had is working, but there’s always things we can get better at. So that’s what we’re going to continue to do and keep rolling.”
The Cowboys were happy with the haul they signed this year, the first with an Early Signing Day. Twenty of those signees put their names in ink in December. The new signing period also has the Cowboys optimistic for 2018.
“Our coaches have been out prospecting, and they’ve all been in their areas, so I think we’re going to be well-ahead (with) where we’re at,” Bohl said. “We are a little bit slower when we offer scholarships. You hear some schools, they’ll have 635 offers out. That’s kind of like Monopoly money. We don’t think there’s a lot of credibility in that, but we do our due diligence.
“And it’s much easier if we’ve been in schools, we’ve had a chance to look at their transcripts, we’ve had a chance to do character assessment, and then watch tape on some of these guys. We’re far ahead of where we’ve ever been, which is encouraging.”
In fact, the Cowboys’ National Signing Day was spent more working on the 2019 class than the 2018 group.
“You kind of feel like maybe the Power Five schools did before this Early Signing Day, where we had to sit and kind of babysit and make sure those guys were really committed and signing,” Haug said. “But we were able to really just be in our areas and junior recruit.”
While this year was a different one for everyone, Haug had an especially eventful 365 days. He was promoted to assistant coach last month, taking on the role of tailbacks coach. Director of recruiting Justin Mesa, who joined Wyoming last summer, took on additional coaching duties with the move.
“It was a good year,” Haug said, “with just adding on Justin Mesa. He really added a great benefit to our recruiting, coming in in the mid-summer, so he kind of hit the middle of a recruiting cycle. But to have him and Ian McGrew, our other recruiting assistant, us three hit it pretty dang hard, and we feel pretty good about where we’re at.
“And we’re only going to continue to get better. So, a lot of kudos to those guys. Those guys helped get a lot of these guys.”