August 10, 2012

Pokes Get Third Colorado Verbal

The Cowboys picked up their fifth commitment on Thursday and their third verbal from the state of Colorado when Lakewood, Colorado offensive linemen Taylor Knestis called the UW staff and pledge the Cowboys.

Head coach Dave Christensen didn't sign any Colorado prospects in 2012 since the state was down on FBS talent and apparently they liked the talent in the 2013 class with commits from Knestis, Grand Junction defensive linemen James Diamanti, and Grandview wide receiver Tanner Gentry.

Knestis is the typical linemen Christensen's staff has recruited during his tenure, a player who has athleticism and feet to provide ability in the spread offense.

The 6-foot-5 and 280 pounder is a player that will need to add size and strength but the Pokes see an upside with him in a good college development system and a redshirt year.

Knestis' Lakewood High School program is a good one in the state finishing with a 12-2 overall record and 6-0 in league play last season.

Wyoming received a big pickup from Diamanti yesterday and Gentry earlier this summer.

Gentry said the easy traveling distance and upswing of the UW football program was some of several good reasons he picked the school.

"When I visited Wyoming, I like the direction of the program and energy of the coaches," said Gentry. "The offensive system is a good fit for my abilities."

The Cowboys also are in the mix for at least two other Colorado products in Fort Collins linebacker Jake Hanks and Colorado Springs defensive tackle Dalton Fields.

Diamanti said he wants to talk Fields in attending Wyoming with his offers from both Wyoming and CSU on the table for his friend he met during the college camp circuit.

Fields plans to make his decision in the fall but the Cowboys hope he can get persuaded earlier by Diamanti.

Hanks saif Wyoming offering early puts them in a good position against Tulsa and a potential offer from Colorado State in the future.

"Since I'm a Fort Collins kid, that'd be pretty good - I'd like that a lot," said Hanks. "But since I already have four other schools, two that are in their conference, it would be kind of late is all. If they did offer, they would definitely be up there."

The Pokes received a commitment from Casper Natrona player and linebacker Ryan Anaya this summer and have German offensive linemen Fabian Holler in the fold.

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