Las Vegas RB Likes Wyoming

Nevada running back Stefan Klein has burst onto the high school rushing scene early in 2007, racking up nearly 200 yards and three touchdowns in his team's first two games. Shouldering a bigger portion of Spring Valley High School's (Las Vegas) ground attack than he did in 2006, the big senior will likely see a few division-one scholarship offers come his way before season's end.

Klein told today in a phone interview that Wyoming is currently at the top of his list of colleges for 2008 even though the Cowboys have yet to offer the bruising rusher a scholarship. He played well in the Pokes' recruiting camp in Laramie this summer, helping to lead his team to an 11-on-11 tournament win. The 6-foot, 208-pound fullback came away from the camp impressed with the Wyoming program.

"I've talked to my head coach, and he's talked to them (the Cowboys) a lot, and I've received a lot of mail from them," Klein said. "I've talked to Coach (Bill) Cockhill (Offensive Coordinator) over the email quite a bit, and it's a school I hear a lot from and it interests me. It's a different atmosphere. I liked it a lot when I was up there."

Klein rushed for 121 yards and a touchdown on just 11 carries against Granger, Utah in his high school's season-opener, including four runs of 20+ yards. He followed that game up with a 13-carry, 76-yard, 2-touchdown performance against Desert Pines (Las Vegas) Friday night, including punching in the game-tying and game-winning touchdowns to give his Grizzlies a late 23-16 victory.

If Klein's strong early-season start is sign of more good things to come, it may not be long before the powerful runner logs his first scholarship offer. Besides Wyoming, the senior has already garnered interest from Colorado, UC Davis, Arizona State, Utah, Oregon and UNLV. The Cowboys are leading the way on Klein's list followed by Oregon, which, along with UW, has shown the most interest in the fullback's services.

Third on his list is Arizona State.

"I've gotten a lot of mail from them," he said.

UNLV rounds out the top four.

"I'm from Vegas, so I like UNLV."

Already, Klein has shown a nose for the goal line and improved his speed and all-around skills from a year ago. He hopes his first two performances will be enough to inspire a Wyoming offer.

"I've had someone put together my first couple of games of the season, and I'm going to start sending them out, like highlight films," he said.

"I don't know what the signs are for when a school is close to offering, but I've put the most effort into Wyoming." clocked Klein at 4.84 in the 40-yard dash early in the off-season last year, but he says that mark has gone up since.

"I'm a little bit faster than that right now. That was at the beginning when I started training.

"I think I've stepped up this year," he said. "I'm lifting more this year than last year. As far as playing the game, I'm a lot faster than last year and more powerful."

Wyoming has extended only two offers to running backs for 2008--Jonathan Gaye (Mullen HS in Denver) and Daniel Green (Walther Lutheran HS in Melrose Park, Ill.)—and both are ranked in the top 100 high school tailbacks in the nation by

So far Klein appears to be the only fullback the team has shown interest in.

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