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University of Wyoming head men’s coach Allen Edwards.

Curious about the next class of Cowboys? We've got you covered. As Wyoming's 2019 recruiting class takes shape, the Casper Star-Tribune and Pokes Authority will continue to update who has been offered by Wyoming and where those players have committed. Plus, we'll look ahead at what players the Cowboys have offered from the 2020, 2021 and 2022 classes.

As the Cowboys' signing class changes, our recruiting tracker will change with it. Enjoy the ride.

Click on the icons above to learn more about each Wyoming recruit. School logos show where recruits have verbally committed. Basketball icons show recruits who have yet to commit. Open the menu on the left side to sort recruits by signing class.

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Class of 2019

(two available scholarships anticipated, none remaining)

Verbally committed recruits

SG

School: Smoky Hill (Colorado)

Stars: 3 (Rivals)


Offers to uncommitted recruits

PG

School: Shadow Ridge (Nevada)

Stars: NR


School: Spring Valley (South Carolina)

Stars: 3 (247 Sports)


School: Denver East (Colorado)

Stars: NR


SG

School: Tennessee Prep (Tennessee)

Stars: NR


School: Hillcrest Prep (Arizona)

Stars: NR


School: Clark (Nevada)

Stars: NR


SF

School: Apollo (Arizona)

Stars: 4 (Rivals, 247 Sports)


C

School: Bishop O'Dowd (California)

Stars: NR


School: Centennial (Nevada)

Stars: NR


Committed players with UW offers

Isaiah Mobley — 6-8/190 (PF, Southern California)

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Class of 2020

(three available scholarships anticipated, three remaining)

Verbally committed recruits

None


Offers to uncommitted recruits

PG

School: Hillcrest Prep (Arizona)

Stars: NR


C

School: Hillcrest Prep (Arizona)

Stars: 4 (Rivals), 3 (247 Sports)


School: Park Center (Minnesota)

Stars: 4 (Rivals, 247 Sports)


Committed players with UW offers

None

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Class of 2021

(two available scholarships anticipated, two remaining)

Verbally committed recruits

None


Offers to uncommitted recruits

PG

School: Bishop O'Connell (Virginia)

Stars: NR


School: DeMatha Catholic (Maryland)

Stars: NR


SG

School: Hillcrest Prep (Arizona)

Stars: NR


PF

School: Cheyenne Central (Wyoming)

Stars: NR


Committed players with UW offers

None

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Class of 2022

(six available scholarships anticipated, six remaining)

Verbally committed recruits

None


Offers to uncommitted recruits

PG

School: Bullis School (Maryland)

Stars: NR


SG

School: Hillcrest Prep (Arizona)

Stars: NR


Committed players with UW offers

None

Davis Potter: Boise State shared a bye week with Wyoming. Do the Broncos have any injury concerns heading into Saturday?

B.J. Rains: They’ve got a big one with starting cornerback Tyler Horton. He was preseason first-team All-Mountain West and had two fumble recoveries for touchdowns in the season opener against Troy. He was injured in the second game against UConn and did not play against Oklahoma State, so they had to start a young corner against Oklahoma State. Coach (Bryan) Harsin did not comment on his status, but I would say he’s unlikely to play. But we don’t know that for sure. That’s a big one for them. The other starting corner (Avery Williams) is playing with a dislocated elbow. He’s also the punt returner. He’s the preseason special teams player of the year and has not returned kicks the last two games, so I don’t know after the bye week if he’ll be able to get back there and return kicks or not. But he’s pretty dynamic.

DP: QB Brett Rypien was obviously expected to be the offensive catalyst given his experience and knowledge of the offense but is putting up some eye-popping numbers. Has he been even better than expected?

BR: Yes and no. He had a little bit of a down year last year. They had another quarterback that was more of a running quarterback, and the offensive line at the beginning of the season struggled. They ended up playing the other quarterback some, and I just think it was one of those weird years where Rypien had a concussion, missed a game last year and just never really got in that flow that he had the previous year. They’ve kind of chalked it up to an odd year. Going into this year, just saying he was going to be the guy and there wasn’t going to be any kind of quarterback competition, I think that kind of helped him relax where he knew if he made a mistake, he wouldn’t have to look over his shoulder and see if they were going to take him out. I think they had very high confidence going into the season. Now did they think he was going to have no picks and 10 touchdowns three games into the season, I don’t know if they thought he’d be that good. But they were pretty confident that he’d come in and play well. The wild card was the receivers. They lost their best receiver from last year and then they lost their best pass-catching tight end, so two of his favorite targets were gone. I think they thought maybe the numbers would drop a little bit only because they just didn’t have any kind of proven talent at wide receiver, but a lot of guys have stepped up there and Brett’s done a lot to help them come along. He’s obviously played very well so far.

DP: Boise’s offense gets so much attention. What’s the identity of the Broncos’ defense?

BR: Very experienced group. They return 10 starters. The only loss from last year’s team was the No. 19 overall pick in the draft to the Cowboys, Leighton Vander Esch. It’s pretty rare when you think about it that a defense could lose a first-round pick at linebacker at a school like Boise state and be expected to be better the next year. They came in this year with really high expectations and a lot of experience. I think they have three guys on the preseason first team, which was the most in the league. They’re kind of like Wyoming. Just a lot of experience at all three levels. They’ve got a very good secondary. Four returning starters, and three of the four are multi-year starters. There’s a lot of veteran guys. For all the talk over the years that Boise State’s offense is going to score all these points and do all these trick plays, you look at the best years Boise State had and they had dominant defenses. They had some tackling issues against Oklahoma State, but in their first two games, they were pretty dominant. They feel like in Mountain West play when they play some teams that maybe aren’t quite on the level of speed and size of Oklahoma State, they feel confident the defense is going to be pretty good for them.

DP: Boise has historically dominated this series, but it’s been competitive of late with Wyoming’s close win two years ago and a game the Cowboys led in the fourth quarter last season in Boise.Has Wyoming earned more respect from Boise in recent years?

BR: Oh, I think so. Definitely. Talking to some players this week, they vividly remember that safety dance that guy did on defense. It’s not quite as much of a storyline this year, but certainly it’s the first time going back to Laramie since that happened. You think back to that game, Boise State was like 7-0 at that point and ranked No. 13 in the country. Boise State wins that game, and they’re in the top 10 and who knows what happens. That was a difficult loss for them to take for a lot of reasons, certainly the way it happened where they let them score a late touchdown and the two-point conversion to tie it and instead of trying to go to overtime, Boise State gets a safety and loses. It was very tough game for them and a very tough loss and the players are thinking about that as a little added motivation going into this week’s game. But I think they have a lot of respect for them. Last year, that was a very winnable game for Wyoming going into the fourth quarter with the lead. They have a lot of younger guys on the team, so the only games they remember against them are two really close games the last two years. The 50-point wins in the past, none of those guys were here. I do think they see them as a formidable opponent for sure. There’s always the coachspeak stuff, but I don’t think there’s much of that actually going on this week. They know it’s going to be a tough game for them and a tough place to play. They’re obviously a little fired up coming off a loss, so I think they’re going to be ready for this one.

DP: What’s your assessment of Boise State’s special teams?

BR: Not very good just based on the last game. They had two punts blocked. One was returned for a touchdown and one gave (Oklahoma State) the ball at the 7-yard line. They scored three plays later. It’s pretty rare to have one punt blocked but to have two blocked in the same game and they both basically lead to touchdowns, you’re not going to win. Boise State also missed a field goal on their first drive. That’s a huge swing. I don’t think anyone would say they were the better team in that game, but it was a six-point game or something in the third quarter when they had the second punt blocked and returned for a touchdown. Normally Boise State’s special teams are very good, but they’ve not been great so far to start the year. I do think that’s a big emphasis in terms of the bye week and things they’re working on is trying to get the protection issues going. And in the return game, you’ve got the preseason special teams player of the year in the conference not being able to return kicks the last two games. I think if he’s able to do that, that would certainly be a big boost for them as well. Overall, I would say their special teams have been substandard from what they’re used to around here.

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