December 8, 2012

Another big visit weekend in Laramie

Two weeks ago DC Everest (Wisc.) HIgh School offensive lineman Connor Riese came to Laramie to be recruited by the Wyoming football coaches.

This weekend Riese will be the one doing the convincing. The 6-foot-7, 295-pound tackle is coming back to Laramie with his parents for his official visit. Two weeks ago Riese switched his commitment from Western Michigan to Wyoming after visiting the Laramie campus. The All-Region selection and three-star recruit - Wyoming's highest-ranked recruit thus far - said his parents were excited for his commitment to Wyoming, but there was some concern about the distance from home.

Riese said he knows this weekend will do a lot to change all that.

"I am looking forward to getting back out there and showing my parents what I saw," Riese said Monday night. "Once they see what I saw, they are going to love it here."

Riese is one of several football recruits headed to Laramie this weekend for official visits . Two of those recruits - Riese and Casper linebacker Ryan Anaya- have already committed to Wyoming.

The 6-foot-4, 248-pound Natrona County linebacker was hurt part of the season, but still managed 27 tackles, 7.5 for loss and two interceptions. The Mustangs won the state 4-A title this year behind the state's best defense, which allowed just 140 yards per game and 2.8 yards per rush. He also caught two passes for 18 yards and a score.

Another player visiting this weekend who could be the next to commit to the Wyoming program is Centennial (Colo.) defensive back, Xavier Lewis. The 5-foot-11, 190-pounder said if all goes well, he could offer a commitment to Wyoming this weekend.

"The chances are very high (of a commitment this weekend)," Lewis told early this week. "I have Wyoming coming to my house today and I have Air Force coming the following day. Wyoming seems to be the place I am leaning towards there. If everything goes well this weekend, there could be a commitment."

This season he helped his Eaglecrest squad to a 7-5 mark and a playoff run that saw them get into the State Quarterfinals where they lost to Cherokee Trail. Along the way, Lewis led the Raptors with 75 tackles, one interception and one fumble recovery.

With a small junior class coming through the program - especially on defense - the Cowboys will also welcome a trio of Junior College prospects to campus this weekend. Defensive lineman Ashton Henderson is coming off a Junior College national champion Iowa Western Community College and a freshman season that saw him manage 26 tackles and 2.5 sacks. Henderson is a 6-foot-1, 320-pound defensive lineman from Tulsa's legendary Jenks High School.

Nick Kelly is also scheduled to arrive in Laramie this weekend. He is listed as a 6-foot-3, 275 offensive lineman from Orangevale, Calif. and Casa Roble High School. Last season Kelly spent his season at American River College in Sacramento.

Also traveling from California to Laramie this weekend will be Jesse Sampson, a 5-foot-11, 205-pound safety from College of the Canyons in California. Last season Sampson led the Cougars with 53 tackles, one interception and two passes broken up in nine games. Sampson is a sophomore from Alemany, Calif.

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