New Wyoming coach announces first recruits

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 5, 2014 at 5:57 pm •  Published: February 5, 2014

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — New Wyoming coach Craig Bohl started to put his stamp on the Cowboys program, signing his first class of recruits that emphasizes a strong defense and a pro-style offense.

"I think, we by and large, we did better than what we thought we were going to do in the short amount of time," Bohl said Wednesday. "I think this will bear out to be a very good class."

Bohl was hired by Wyoming in December to replace Dave Christensen, who was fired after five seasons. He came to Wyoming after 11 seasons with North Dakota State, where he led the Bison to three straight Football Championship Subdivision titles.

The 22 recruits he signed include 20 high school athletes and two community college players, three quarterbacks, four tight ends, five defensive linemen and four defensive backs.

Wyoming is in need of quarterbacks after starter Brett Smith announced he was foregoing his senior season to enter the NFL draft. Smith leaves as UW's career leader in total offense and touchdown passes.

In addition, backup quarterback Jason Thompson transferred to Utah.

Community college transfer quarterback Aaron Young is among Bohl's recruits. Young has already enrolled at Wyoming and will have three years of eligibility.

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