Wyoming and Colorado State compete every year, in everything from volleyball to basketball to water polo.
But recently the two Front Range rivals were vying to win one more thing—a commitment from wide receiver Brandon Ribble to play football. And in the end, Wyoming got the upper hand.
Ribble, a 6-foot-4-inch receiver with 4.5 speed, has committed to play for Cowboys coach Joe Glenn and his staff. He said he chose Wyoming for a host of reasons, ranging from the location of the school to the coaches that recruited him.
"Basically it came down to CSU and Wyoming, and I fell in love with Wyoming. I love everything about it," Ribble said. "It's a great coaching staff. I love the small town and I love the family feel that (Laramie) has to it.
"And as for the football tradition, they've got a great one."
Playing for Ralston Valley High School in Arvada, Colo., Ribble received interest from bigger schools like Colorado, Kansas State and Utah, thanks to a senior season highlighted by a selection to the Rocky Mountain News' All-Colorado team at tight end after posting 37 receptions, 14 touchdowns and a 20-yards-per-catch average.
After considering offers from Northern Colorado and CSU, Ribble chose Wyoming, and a chance to play a new position.
The Pokes' plans for Ribble involve converting him to an H-back, a hybrid position that combines the blocking of a fullback with the pass catching of a tight end or receiver. It's a brand new position for him, but it's one he said he's excited to do.
"I think it's a great opportunity for me to catch some passes (and) do some good things with the ball. I think there's a lot of opportunity to succeed there," he said. "I've just got to put on a little bit of weight."
That weight will be crucial if Ribble hopes to become what the Cowboys envision: a big, strong blocker with pass catching ability.
And while the move from wide receiver to H-back isn't going to be easy, Ribble says he'll put in the time to make it work.
"Football is not an easy sport," he said. "It's going to be a hard transition, but if I can put on the weight and keep my speed, it shouldn't be too bad."
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