Garrett Angell’s decision wasn’t sealed the first time he set foot on the Jonah Field turf.

But the experience of playing for the Wyoming State High School Class 2A Championship at War Memorial Stadium certainly played a large role in the Lovell lineman’s decision about his football future.

“There was no better feeling than playing on that field,” Angell said. “I think that was actually when I thought that’s where I was going to go.

“When I was on that field for the first time, it was pretty unbelievable.”

Angell, a 6-foot-6, 330-pound offensive lineman, accepted a preferred walk-on offer from the University of Wyoming on Jan. 18. Angell didn’t make his decision in the days surrounding Lovell’s 21-13 victory against Lyman, saying he still wanted to explore options at South Dakota School of Mines, Minot (N.D.) University and Dickinson (N.D) State.

But after taking an official visit to Rapid City, S.D., and SDSM the weekend of Jan. 13, Angell knew his path was clear.

“Probably the night after I got back [from Rapid City],” Angell said, “I decided that the University of Wyoming was the place for me.”

Angell was a Class 2A West all-conference selection this past fall for the state champion and undefeated Bulldogs (11-0). Angell helped anchor 2A’s top rushing defense (101 yards per game) and helped pave the way for Lovell’s second-ranked rushing offense (238 ypg).

Angell said the plan is to stick to offensive line, an area of need for the Cowboys. UW announced on Wednesday the signing of five offensive lineman, including two junior college transfers. Even with the walk-on offer, Angell said the lure of playing for his in-state team was too great to ignore.

Of Wyoming’s 23 announced recruits, none were from the Cowboy state. UW coaches aren’t allowed to comment on preferred walk-ons until the student-athletes are officially enrolled at the university.

But Angell said his goal is to go down to Laramie to compete for a playing time and avoid a redshirt year.

“I’m working my butt off right now in the weight room, running,” Angell said. “I’m going to go down there and compete.

“Let’s just say redshirting is not a plan. I want to play, I don’t want to be sitting on the sidelines.”

Contact sports reporter Clint Robus at clint.robus@trib.com or 307-266-0615. Follow him on Twitter @ClintRobus.

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