Klein Awaiting Offer, UW Remains First Choice

Stefan Klein would love to play for the Cowboys next year. The only problem is that the Cowboys haven't decided if they feel the same way. After a breakout senior season, the Nevada fullback will likely see a few schools come calling. Whether Wyoming is one of them remains to be seen.

An offer is all it would take.

But Wyoming's lack of interest may force Stefan Klein to enroll elsewhere in 2008.

The Las Vegas fullback has long listed UW as his first choice and just last week said he would "definitely" commit to play for the Cowboys if they extended a scholarship.

But Wyoming may have other plans; the team's coaching staff has shown progressively less interest in the 6-foot-1, 208-pounder—despite Klein rolling up career rushing numbers during his senior season.

"This year, I've gotten the ball," he said. "I've gotten probably between 140 and 150 carries, and that's the most I've gotten in my entire high school career."

The carries have paid off, too. After flying under the radar for much of his first three years of prep ball, Klein put up breakout numbers in 2007, racking up 1,002 yards and 13 touchdowns.

"Just running the ball more has taught me how to set up blocks, see the holes, get through the holes, stuff like that," he said, "so my running ability has gone up a lot.

"I think my ending average was somewhere between like seven and nine (yards per carry)."

Still, the Pokes don't seem to think Klein's style fits their rush-heavy system and have begun looking at him more as a defensive prospect.

"When I was talking to Wyoming, Coach (Bill) Cockhill (Offensive Coordinator) said that if I made it to the next level, I'd most likely be playing outside linebacker-type, strong safety-type," Klein said. "If I wanted to continue running the ball, (Cockhill said) I could do it at a lower level, like DI-AA, but if I wanted to play DI, I'd probably have to play defense."

That doesn't bother the bruising rusher, who said he loves "both sides of the ball," but it may explain the decline in interest. The Cowboys have already landed more than twice as many defensive prospects as offensive ones for the '08 class, and with a bevy of offers still on the table, they may not be in a hurry to dilute their recruiting pools any further.

They may not have to either—not just yet anyway. Despite sending film out to 25 different programs and hearing back from "plenty of schools," Klein remains offerless—and still high on coming to Laramie.

"I still have Wyoming at the top of my list," he said. "I still want to go there. I've been pushing this whole time, so that's definitely my number one."

But while the Cowboys have been contacting the senior only "monthly," other schools have picked up the slack—most notably Weber State University.

"They've shown the most interest," Klein said of the Wildcats. "I've looked into their program and like what they've got going on there. So that's the closest to (Wyoming)."

Whether his recent film package will spark a few more offers remains to be seen, however.

"I'm hoping so," he said. "I don't know the signs for when a school's getting close, but I hope so."

Key Improvement:

Klein reports a 4.69 forty time, a mark down more than a tenth of a second from his summer combine time of 4.84.

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