2008 Recruiting Class Update

Caught up so completely in the commotion of last week's cornerback content, I nearly forgot what this website is all about for most people: recruiting.

As a result, today we take a break from our outlandishly informative player profiles to bring you up to speed on a few of the pivotal prep stars who've already given the Pokes a 2008 verbal commitment. But don't thank me, thank your fellow loyal subscriber, Judge Mike P., who graciously brought the gavel down on my DB-dominated daydreams with an email about what I, in all my secondary fervor, failed to mention.

So without additional alliterating ado, here are the Cowboys' first six recruits of the 2008 class:

1. Nick Williams, a 6-5, 206-pound DT

2. Jim Downs, a 6-6, 260-pound OT

3. Dylan Kildahl, a 6-4, 230-pound DE

4. Justin Morgan, a 6-4, 195-pound WR

5. Kyle Magnuson, a 6-7, 306-pound OT

6. Corey Orth, a 6-4, 235-pound DE

1. Kyle Magnuson. The Laramie Boomerang reported that 6-foot-7 Indiana high school offensive lineman Kyle Magnuson has given UW a verbal commitment to play football in Laramie for the 2008 season. At 306-pounds, Magnuson is a behemoth on the offensive line. He's also accustomed to winning. A junior last year, the starting tackle helped lead Concord Community High School in Elkhart, Ind. to a perfect 14-0 record before losing in the state championship game to Indianapolis Cathedral. The senior-to-be will play both ways on his 2007 squad, and the Boomerang reports Magnuson will grace the cover of Indiana Football Digest's preseason publication, "The Tremendous 26," a look at the state's top 26 prep players.

According to his father, Thomas, Magnuson was impressed with the UW coaching staff during his visit to Laramie two weeks ago and decided to commit shortly thereafter. Recruited by several Midwest DI schools, Magnuson had already received offers from Bowling Green and Toledo, with an offer from Marshall likely on the way. With a young core of offensive tackles currently suiting up for the Cowboys (one junior, one sophomore and two freshman), it may take Magnuson some time to work himself into the Pokes' rotation. Scout.com lists Magnuson as a one-star recruit at OT.

2. Justin Morgan. The 6-4, 195-pound wide receiver from Mount Carmel High School in Chicago committed to the Cowboys earlier this month. "I have a few former teammates out at Wyoming and I thought it was the best fit," Morgan told Scout.com last week. "I visited Wyoming and I thought it was very nice. I liked the coaches, the players and the direction of the program." "Wyoming has real nice facilities and I'll be able to play with (former teammates) Mark (Oliver) and Keith (Lewis). We also have another teammate (Dante' Morgan) who is going to walk on at Wyoming this year."

Playing in a run-first offense, Morgan flew a bit under the radar as a receiver last year, but scouts did notice his outstanding blocking ability. He hopes to get the ball thrown his way a few more times as a senior in preparation for his freshman season with the Cowboys in 2008.

3. Corey Orth. A 6-5, 235-pound defensive end from Buena Vista, Colorado, Orth was all-conference last year as well as an honorable mention for the 2A all-state squad. The senior-to-be posted 12 sacks and 100 tackles last year, according to the Cheyenne Tribune-Eagle. A 50+ shot-putter, with 14 sacks in his career, Orth has proven he has the speed and size to be a threat in opposing teams' backfields. Let's hope the jump from 2A high school competition to DI turf won't slow him down.

4. Nick Williams. Williams, a senior from Highlands Ranch (Colo.) ended his college search on June 11, when he became the first player from the class of 2008 to commit to the University of Wyoming. Williams also received scholarship offers from Colorado State, Kansas, Arizona State and Idaho but was impressed most by his visit to the Wyoming camp.

"I had a good time at all the camps, but the camp that really stood out to me was the Wyoming camp", Williams told the Associated Press

Wyoming was the first school to give him a scholarship offer and the 6-5, 206-pounder rewarded the Cowboys with an expeditious decision.

Along with playing both offensive and defensive tackle for the Highlands Ranch Falcons, his coaches say they will try lining him up at defensive end this season.

"The good thing about Nick is that he really runs well for a big kid. I think Wyoming will put him on the offensive side first and then go from there. He could end up as a defensive tackle or defensive end," said Highlands Ranch coach Darrel Gorham.

5. Jim Downs. A 6-6 offensive tackle from Glenrock High School, Downs said Wyoming coach Joe Glenn offered a him this summer during a UW football camp.

"I went to camp and worked my butt off, and they must have liked what they saw," Downs told the Laramie Boomerang. "After a 11-on-11 scrimmage, coach Glenn came up and pulled me aside and told me I had a good camp, and if I chose to come to Wyoming, they would have a full ride waiting for me."

At 260 pounds, Downs will need to put on a little weight in his senior year to prepare for the '08 season, but he has the height and the work ethic to become a solid contributor in the future.

As a junior, Downs led his high school squad to the semifinals of the 3A playoffs last year.

6. Dylan Kildahl. A 6-4, 230-pound defensive end from Highlands High School in Ault, Colo., Kildahl was recruited heavily by both Colorado State and Kansas State but chose to play for UW after making a visit to the Cowboy state.

"I loved (Laramie) and it felt like home to me," Kildahl told the Laramie Boomerang. "I like Joe Glenn and the entire coaching staff. It's first class up there."

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