June 11, 2012

Natrona County linebacker earns offer

A strong showing during the University of Wyoming's football camp this weekend has netted Casper (Wyo.) linebacker, Ryan Anaya a scholarship offer to play for the home-state Cowboys. The 6-foot-3, 248-pound Anaya said he was offered by the Head Poke himself, Dave Christensen.

"They (the UW Coaches) took me to Coach Christensen's office and Coach Christensen sat me down and talked to me," Anaya said. "He said he liked the way I performed and offered a scholarship. I was very very happy about that.

"I am considering them my number one priority right now," Anaya continued. "It would be nice to play Division I football there, but you don't want to jump the gun and miss out on some options. But right now, UW is number one."

Anaya is the first Wyoming resident to be offered a football scholarship since 2009, when Green River's Drew Martinez was offered.

As a junior, Anaya posted 44 tackles, two sacks, one pass break-up and one interception. For his efforts, he was named Second Team All-State as a linebacker. As a tight end, he was named First Team All-State and Unanimous All-Conference, catching 11 passes for 172 yards. Anaya said he wants to play defense in college, saying playing defense comes more natural to him.

"I think I am a hard worker, pretty stubborn about my technique," Anaya said. "I like to benefit the team as much as I can in whatever position I can. I do a lot of good things on the field, I guess. Mostly, I just play football and play the game."

He said he has been a life-long Wyoming fan who does get to a game from time-to-time and has been to the Junior Day in Laramie where he got a tour through the facilities.

"I was at their Junior Day in April," Anaya said. "They toured us around the facilities, the indoor facility, the locker room, the training room. Overall, it was impressive."

In addition to his conversations with Wyoming, Anaya said he is also hearing the most from Northern State and Colorado State-Mesa.

After helping the Natrona County High School Mustangs to an 11-1 mark and a spot in the class 5-A semi-finals against Cheyenne East a year ago, Anaya said his team is expecting continued success this season.

"We have all but five returning starters from last year's team. We still have a lot of talent going for us and a lot of hard workers," he said.

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