Laramie — The Wyoming Cowboy Football program on Wednesday announced 14 participants on the first day of the 2023 early signing period. The class includes one Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) transfer and 13 high school students.
Quote from head football coach Craig Bohl on Wyoming’s Early Signing Class
“We are excited to introduce this initial group of young men in our first signing class,” said the University of Wyoming head football coach. Craig Bohl. “We have addressed needs on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball and continue to build our program primarily through high school recruiting. We have received a commitment from the veteran running back from Northern Illinois and will continue to recruit additional players through the transfer portal during this early recruiting period.
2023 Wyoming Football Early Signing Class Select Highlights
Individual recruitment assessment
•Seven three-star high school recruits.
•Six high school recruits were ranked among the top 100 players in their home states.
•Proven FBS running back with over 1,900 career rushing yards at the Football Bowl Subdivision level.
• FBS transmission is running backwards Harrison Waylee comes to Wyoming from Northern Illinois University, where he earned Third Team All-Mid American Conference honors as a sophomore, rushing for 899 yards in 11 games signed with Wyoming.
•Kaden Anderson is rated as a three-star quarterback by both 247 Sports and Rivals. He played his high school football at Southlake Carroll High School in Southlake, Texas, which has a rich history of producing top college quarterbacks, including former Missouri QB Chase Daniels and former Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy.
•Dante Drake is rated a three-star recruit by On3.com as a defensive lineman.
•Run back Keany Parkswho is ranked as the No. 2 overall recruit in the state of Wisconsin by Rivals, signed with the Cowboys on Wednesday.
•Offensive solution Quinn Grovesteen-Matchey is ranked as the No. 7 overall recruit in the state of Wisconsin by 247 Sports and is rated a three-star recruit by On3.com.
•Naz Hill is rated a three-star cornerback by 247 Sports and is ranked as the No. 33 overall recruit in the state of Illinois by 247 Sports.
•Justin Stevenson is rated as a three-star wide receiver by Rivals and by On3.com.
•Tell Wade, who is ranked as the No. 17 overall recruit in the state of Colorado by On3.com, will also join the Pokes. He was named to the 2022 All-Colorado team as an offensive lineman by The Denver Post. He is projected as a defensive end for Wyoming.
•This year’s position breakdown shows seven recruits on defense and seven on offense. The defensive recruiting class consists of three defensive backs and four defensive linemen. Offensively, UW signed two wide receivers, two running backs, two offensive linemen and one quarterback.
Breakdown by state
•In 2023, Wyoming has seven signees from the state of Texas, followed by two from Illinois and Wisconsin. They each have one signatory from the states of California, Colorado and Iowa.
The early signing period for college football teams began on Wednesday, December 21st and will run through Friday, December 23rd. The junior high school signing period also began on Wednesday and will end on Sunday, January 15, 2023. Signings have also begun to transfer from four-year schools through the NCAA Transfer Portal. The regular signing period for football for the 2023 recruiting class will begin on Wednesday, February 1st and run through Saturday, April 1st.
2023 University of Wyoming Football Early Signing Class
Recipient of FBS transfer (1)
Name Pos. Ht. Weight hometown class (last school)
Harrison Waylee RB 5-10 192 Jr. Johnston, Iowa (Northern Illinois)
High school students (13)
Name Pos. Ht. Weight hometown class (last school)
Kaden Anderson QB 6-4 205 Fr. Southlake, Texas (Southlake Carroll)
Ian Bell CB 6-1 180 Fr. La Verne, California (Damien)
Brice Brantley WR 6-3 175 Fr. Houston, Texas (Ailef Taylor)
Chauncey Carter CB 6-0 175 Fr. Garland, Texas (Garland)
Jake Davies OT 6-7 250 Fr. Yorkville, Illinois (Yorkville)
Dante Drake DT 6-3 267 Fr. Robinson, Texas (Robinson)
Quinn Grovesteen-Matchey OT 6-6 240 Fr. Evansville, Wisconsin (Evansville)
Naz Hill CB 6-3 180 Fr. Kankakee, Illinois (Kankakee)
Keany Parks RB 6-1 180 Fr. Kenosha, Wisconsin (Bradford)
Lucas Samsula DT 6-4 255 Fr. Plano, Texas (Plano West)
Justin Stevenson WR 6-1 175 Fr. Katy, Texas (Paetow)
Tell Wade DE 6-3 250 Fr. Wray, Colo. (Wray)
Jayden Williams DT 6-3 270 Fr. Bryan, Texas (helm)
Other individual strengths
•Kaden Anderson is rated as a three-star quarterback by both 247 Sports and Rivals. The Dallas Morning News ranked him No. 71 on its Top 100 Texas Recruits list for 2023. Anderson comes from Southlake Carroll High School in Southlake, Texas, which has a rich history of producing top college quarterbacks, including former Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel and former QB of Alabama Greg McElroy.
•Ian BellThe cornerback from La Verne, Calif., chose the Wyoming Cowboys after also being recruited by Arizona, Colorado State and UNLV.
•Brice Brantley earned First Team All-District honors as a wide receiver in District 23-6A in Houston, Texas. Brantley was named his team’s Most Valuable Player his senior season as he caught 55 passes for 918 yards and had nine pass breakups.
•Chauncey Carter is being recruited as a cornerback by the Wyoming Cowboys. He earned First Team Texas All-District honors as a punt returner and Second Team All-District as a cornerback for District 9-6A. The Dallas Morning News named Carter an honorable mention all-area team member.
•Jake Davies The Wyoming Cowboys is recruiting as an offensive lineman. He played tight end and defensive back at Yorkville High School in Yorkville, Illinois. Davies is ranked as the No. 82 overall recruit in the state of Illinois by 247 Sports. He was named a special recognition member of the 2022 Champaign News-Gazette All-State football team as a defensive end.
•Dante Drake is rated a three-star recruit by On3.com as a defensive lineman. As a junior, Drake was named to the All-District 9-4A second-team defensive line in Robinson, Texas.
•Quinn Grovesteen-Matchey is rated the No. 7 overall recruit in the state of Wisconsin by 247 Sports as an offensive tackle and is rated a three-star recruit by On3.com. He was named to the 2022 Blue-Grey All-American Bowl Watch List as an offensive lineman.
•Naz Hill is rated a three-star cornerback by 247 Sports and is ranked as the No. 33 overall recruit in the state of Illinois by 247 Sports. He was named a special recognition member of the 2022 Champaign News-Gazette All-State football team as a defensive back.
•Keany Parks is rated as a three-star running back by Rivals, which ranks Parks as the No. 2 recruit in the state of Wisconsin in the 2023 recruiting class. 247 Sports also ranks Parks as a three-star recruit and ranks him as the No. 6 overall recruit in the state of Wisconsin.
•Lucas Samsula was a first-team All-District 6-6A selection near the end of his senior season in 2002. He is slated to be a defensive tackle for the Cowboys.
•Justin Stevenson is rated as a three-star wide receiver by Rivals and by On3.com. In his junior season, Paetow High posted a 15-1 record and a 7-1 district record. Paetow won the 5A D1 state championship.
•Tell Wade is rated a three-star recruit by On3.com, which also ranks him as the No. 17 overall recruit in the 2023 recruiting class in the state of Colorado. He was named to the 2022 All-Colorado team by The Denver Post for all classifications as an offensive lineman and is projected to play defensive end for the Cowboys.
•Harrison Waylee joins the Wyoming Football program as a proven FBS running back, transferring to UW from Northern Illinois University. As a sophomore in 2022, Waylee earned Third Team All-Mid-American Conference (MAC) honors as a running back in a vote of the MAC head coaches. He was also named to the Pro Football Focus (PFF) Third Team All-MAC.
•Jayden Williams earned Second Team All-District honors as a defensive lineman in his 2022 senior season. An outstanding athlete, Williams also competes for the Rudder High wrestling team and throws the shot put and discus on the track and field team. In the winter of 2022, Williams placed fourth at heavyweight in the Region 3-5A regional tournament and advanced to the Class 5A state championships.
Learn more about Wyoming’s 2023 football signing class
•More information on the 2023 recruiting class is available on Wyoming Signing Day Central at GoWyo.com and on Twitter @wyo_football.
Story by Tim Harkins – GoWyo.com