Ribble: It's between Wyoming, CSU and UNC

With recent verbals from James Caraway, David James and Tashaun Gipson, the Pokes have added depth, quickness and athleticism to a pair of positions depleted by the graduation of multiple starting seniors. But the one star they haven't found a replacement for is tight end/H-back Wade Betschart. Brandon Ribble could take over a few of the All-MWC selection's duties down the road--if he commits…

At 6-foot-4 and 195 pounds, Brandon Ribble has the build of a prime-time Division-I wide receiver. He also has the resume and experience to compete at the tight end position in college.

But Wyoming sees the All-Colorado prospect playing a different role.

"Wyoming actually wants me to come in and put on some weight to play H-back," said Ribble, who helped lead Ralston Valley High School (Arvada, Colo.) to an 11-1 record this season.

The Cowboys are looking for a replacement at H-back with the graduation of All-Mountain West Conference selection Wade Betschart.

Ribble pulled in 37 catches for 14 touchdowns and more than 750 yards in 2007. As a junior, he had 28 receptions for more than 400 yards. He has also been clocked at 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash, and his combination of size and speed has garnered the interest of Big 12 Conference members Kansas State and Colorado. He has also heard from Utah and Colorado State.

But so far, Big Sky Conference member Northern Colorado is the only program to offer Ribble a scholarship, although the senior plans on making two more visits in the coming weeks.

"Right now it's between Wyoming, CSU and University of Northern Colorado," he said. "I'm planning on visiting Wyoming and CSU within the next two weekends to talk about scholarships and stuff like that."

Were Ribble to commit to the Cowboys, he said he would probably not make an immediate impact, concentrating instead on getting bigger during his freshman year, one that would likely see him redshirt.

But whether he's muscling in receptions over smaller cornerbacks, creating mismatches for defenses at the tight end position or simply making himself a more imposing blocker, Ribble won't be complaining about his future role.

"It doesn't matter to me," he said, "as long as I'm playing college football."

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