Like every high school football player, Milo Hall wants to win.
Now, he hopes to do that at Wyoming.
On Monday morning, Hall, a senior running back from Cherry Creek High School in Colorado, told the Star-Tribune he flipped his commitment from Colorado State to UW.
Rather than join the Rams as a preferred walk-on, he decided to accept a scholarship with the Cowboys. UW coach Craig Bohl approved the decision early Monday and informed Hall shortly after.
“I just felt like I will be in a better position to win long-term at Wyoming,” said Hall, a consensus three-star recruit. “I felt like Wyoming was the better place for me. At first, I was choosing CSU for everyone else, but I felt like Wyoming was the better place for myself and that’s the most important part.”
The 5-foot-8, 175-pound Hall will have no shortage of roommate options at Wyoming.
Last fall, he won a Class 5A football title at Cherry Creek with wide receiver Joseph Parker, who enrolled at Wyoming in January to partake in spring drills. He’s also close friends with incoming freshman defensive back Andrew Wingard from nearby Ralston Valley High School in the Denver suburbs. And Hall has been long-time friends with Wyoming basketball signee Austin Conway as well.
“(Parker) was one of the big influences,” Hall said. “Austin Conway … we grew up playing little league football, all that stuff together. I’ve known him since we were really young. Andrew Wingard was another one who kept telling me, ‘Hey, come to Wyoming.’”
Hall verbally committed to Colorado State on Feb. 3, tweeting, "After a long talk with my coaches and family I will be continuing my education and football career at CSU!! #gorams." But since no scholarship money was at stake, he didn't need to sign a national letter of intent.
Meanwhile, Wyoming remained an option for him. Cowboys coaches reached out to Hall in April and reopened the door to UW.
"They stuck with me for a very long time!" Hall told the Star-Tribune in a text message Wednesday. "Never gave up and were willing to offer me a full-ride scholarship after I get the (half) credit I need to become NCAA eligible.
"The players are awesome as well. I'm so excited."
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Hall, the Colorado High School Activities Association's Class 5A player of the year, said he will complete his academic requirements June 16. Hall plans to report to Laramie on June 21.
His commitment is the fourth from Colorado — the other being linebacker/safety Kevin Prosser, also from the Denver suburbs — tying it with Oklahoma and California for the most recruits in Wyoming's 2015 class.
Wyoming originally offered Hall as a slot receiver, but he spent his prep career in the backfield.
During his senior season at Cherry Creek, he rushed for 2,289 yards, which ranked first in Colorado among all classifications. He also finished with 29 touchdowns.
Hall, who had scholarship offers at New Mexico State, Northern Colorado, and Idaho, among others, could be used in a variety of ways.
“(Bohl) just told me he’s excited for me to get up there and to utilize me as a running back, on third-down,” Hall said. “He’s going to use me on special teams. I could be used in the slot sometimes. I’m OK with it. Just try to get me the ball in open space and try to win. That’s all that matters. Anything I can help the team to win.”
Hall did plenty of winning at Cherry Creek.
In the state championship game against Valor Christian, he carried 28 times for 214 yards and two touchdowns. His second touchdown set up the game-winning two-point conversion in the fourth quarter.
And who set up Hall's 24-yard score? Parker, who went 29 yards on a reverse to bring the ball within Valor Christian's 30-yard line.
Now the pair will get to reunite over the next four years.