Casper, Gillette players among 13 walk-ons joining Cowboys
LARAMIE, Wyo. — University of Wyoming Football announced 21 new commitments to its 2023 recruiting class on Wednesday, Feb. 1. Wednesday’s announcement came on the first day of college football’s National Signing Day for the regular signing period.
Wednesday’s group of commitments included eight new transfers, among which three are scholarship players and five are preferred walk-ons; and 13 new high school commitments, among which five are scholarship players and eight are preferred walk-ons.
“Our coaching staff continued to have a focused recruiting effort led by Gordie Haug, our Executive Director of Recruiting,” Wyoming head football coach Craig Bohl said. “We were able to continue to identify our needs and were able to add great value to our roster, with high school signees, transfers, junior college signees and preferred walk-ons.
“We’re excited about this group and what they bring to our team for the future. This caps off an excellent recruiting class for 2023.”
The three new scholarship transfers announced Wednesday are wide receiver Ayir Asante from Holy Cross, wide receiver Devin Boddie Jr. from Vanderbilt and safety Tyrecus Davis from Navarro Community College.
The five new high school scholarship signees are offensive lineman Nathan Geiger from Highlands Ranch, Colorado; running back Tyler Jacklich of Modesto, California; offensive lineman Brandt Rice of Wausau, Wisconsin; safety Jones Thomas from Fort Collins, Colorado; and offensive lineman Kuba Tyszka of Norridge, Illinois.
The eight new scholarship players join a class of 14 recruits who signed with the Cowboys on the Early Signing Date of Dec. 21, 2022, and bring the total number of scholarship players in Wyoming’s 2023 Recruiting Class to 22.
Of the 13 preferred walk-ons joining Cowboy Football, Wyoming fans across the state will recognize many of the names, as five of the 13 played their high school football in the state of Wyoming. Those five former Wyoming high school players include transfer defensive lineman Lucas Chappell, who played his high school football at Star Valley High in Afton, Wyoming, before attending Snow Community College this past fall; and transfer defensive back Jevon Davis, who was originally from Casper, Wyoming, before playing at Black Hills State from 2020 to 2022. Wyoming’s three new high school preferred walk-ons from the state of Wyoming are offensive lineman Abraham Bangoura from Laramie; defensive tackle Cody Crawford of Casper; and wide receiver Kayden LaFramboise from Gillette.
The eight preferred walk-ons from outside the state of Wyoming are transfers Ethan Day (DE, Modesto C.C., California), Dante Gavito (OL, Fort Lewis College, Colorado), and Daylen Wilson (DB, Cal Lutheran); and high school seniors Jaxon Galica (DL, Oshkosh, Wisconsin), Cooper Mailand (FB/TE, Dallas, Texas), Miles Tucker (S, Pleasanton, California), Jordan Turnbull (DE, Evergreen, Colorado), and Wyatt Walters (OL, Aurora, Colorado).
The regular signing period for NCAA Division I football teams began on Wednesday, Feb. 1, and will run through Saturday, April 1.
Highlights of Wyoming’s Eight New Scholarship Signees
Ayir Asante is transferring to Wyoming from Holy Cross, an NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) school in Worcester, Massachusetts. Asante earned Second Team All-Patriot League honors at wide receiver for the Crusaders in three consecutive seasons (2019 through 2021).
Devin Boddie Jr. comes to Wyoming from Vanderbilt University of the SEC, where he was part of the Commodores’ program the past four seasons as a wide receiver. His best season came in 2021, when he ranked fourth on the team, catching 29 passes for 263 yards. He was rated as a three-star recruit coming out of high school in Memphis, Tennessee.
Tyrecus Davis joined the Cowboy Football program in spring 2023 from Navarro Community College in Corsicana, Texas, where he earned Second Team All-Southwest Junior College Football Conference honors as a cornerback in 2022.
Nathan Geiger was named a Second Team All-State Class 5A selection as an offensive lineman in 2022 at Thunder Ridge High School in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, as presented by CHSAANow.com, ColoradoPreps.com and MaxPreps. Class 5A is the largest classification in the state of Colorado.
Tyler Jacklich is rated as a three-star recruit by 247 Sports as a running back. His senior season at Central Catholic High School in Modesto, California, he was selected as the NorCal Offensive Player of the Year and ranked No. 3 in the state of California in rushing, with 2,278 rushing yards on 201 carries as well as 32 touchdowns. Jacklich was honored as an All-State running back by both MaxPreps and CalHi Sports.
Brandt Rice, an offensive lineman, comes to Wyoming from Wausau West High School in Wausau, Wisconsin, and is rated as a three-star recruit by 247 Sports, which also ranks him as the No. 5 overall recruit in the state of Wisconsin in the 2023 recruiting class.
Jones Thomas, from Poudre High School in Fort Collins, Colorado, was named an Honorable Mention Colorado All-State Class 5A selection in 2022 as a safety and wide receiver. The All-State team is presented by CHSAANow.com, ColoradoPreps.com and MaxPreps. Class 5A is the largest classification in the state. Thomas was named the Front Range League Defensive Player of the Year as a senior. He also earned Honorable Mention Academic All-State honors.
Kuba Tyszka played offensive tackle and defensive end for Ridgewood High School in Norridge, Illinois, in the Chicago metropolitan area. In 2022, Tyszka helped lead the Rebels to the first round of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Class 4A State Playoffs. A multi-sport athlete, Tyszka threw the discus and shot put and qualified for the 2022 IHSA Class 2A State Championships in the shot put after finishing second in the IHSA Sectionals.
Of Wyoming’s eight scholarship players signed on Wednesday, six earned All-State honors in high school.
Highlights of Wyoming’s 13 preferred walk-ons announced on Wednesday
One of the preferred walk-ons was rated as a three-star recruit by 247 Sports. That was safety Miles Tucker of Amador Valley High School in Pleasanton, California.
Five played their high school football in the state of Wyoming.
Seven earned All-State honors during their careers.
To see bios on each of Wyoming Football’s 21 new commitments, click here.