Nobody can accuse the Cowboy football staff of not getting to know the state of Wyoming.
The spring recruiting period for NCAA college football programs concluded on May 22, and during that spring period, at least one member of UW's new football coaching staff made a visit to each of the 58 high school football programs in the state of Wyoming.
"We felt it was very important to begin building a relationship with the high school coaches and student-athletes throughout Wyoming as soon as possible," said first-year Wyoming head coach Dave Christensen in a release. "We want to sign every Division I caliber football player out of the state of Wyoming, and we also want to build a walk-on program that gives Wyoming kids a chance to prove they can play at this level."
At the conclusion of 2009 spring football drills, there were 11 Wyoming natives on the Cowboy roster, with several expected walk-ons from Wyoming high schools set to join the program in the fall of 2009.
Six returning Wyoming natives saw game action last season and two were starters. Buffalo's Chris Prosinski, at free safety, and Clayton Kirven, at offensive tackle, started 12 and 11 games respectively in ‘08. Prosinski earned Honorable Mention All-Mountain West Conference honors as a sophomore. The other Wyoming natives who played for the Cowboys last season were: Joe Evers of Sheridan, Garrett King of Greybull, Nick Landess of Casper and Zeb Whipp of Lander. Those six are all on the Wyoming depth chart entering the 2009 season, and are joined by redshirt junior Zach Bolger of Casper's Natrona High School, who earned the No. 2 spot at the Z-receiver position in the spring of ‘09.
The Cowboys will begin fall practice in preparation for the 2009 season on Aug. 6. The 2009 season will kick off for the Cowboys on Sept. 5 with a home game versus Weber State.
The current Cowboys who played their high school football in the state of Wyoming include:
Zach Bolger, RJr., WR Casper(Natrona County)Spencer Bruce, Fr., DE Gillette(Campbell County) Jim Downs, RFr., OT Glenrock (Glenrock) Joe Evers, Jr., TE Sheridan (Sheridan) Patrick Hartford, RFr., SS Rock Springs, Wyo. Garrett King, Jr., OT Greybull, Wyo. (Greybull) Clayton Kirven, So., OT Buffalo, Wyo. (Buffalo) Nick Landess, Jr., K/P Casper, Wyo. (Natrona County) Chris Prosinski, Jr., FS Buffalo, Wyo. (Buffalo) Matt Sebade, Fr., TE Lander, Wyo. (Lander Valley) Zeb Whipp, Sr., OLB Lander, Wyo. (Lander Valley