Quote from head football coach Craig Bohl on Wyoming’s first signing class
“We are thrilled to introduce this first group of young men into our first signing class,” said the University of Wyoming head football coach. Craig Bohl. “We have met the needs of both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball, and we continue to grow our program primarily through high school recruiting. We have received the commitment of an experienced running back from northern Illinois , and we will continue to sign other players through the transfer portal during this early recruitment period.”
2023 Wyoming Football Early Signing Class Selection Highlights
Individual recruitment rankings
•Seven high school recruits rated three stars.
• Six high school rookies ranked among the top 100 players in their home country.
•A proven FBS running back with over 1,900 career rushing yards in the Football Bowl Subdivision.
• FBS transfer in reverse 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 a three-star quarterback by 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 college quarterbacks, including former Missouri QB Chase Daniels and former Washington quarterback ‘Alabama Greg McElroy.
•dante drake is rated a three-star rookie by On3.com as a defensive lineman.
•To come back Keany Parkswho is ranked No. 2 overall in Wisconsin State by Rivals, signed with the Cowboys on Wednesday.
• Offensive tackle Quinn Grovesteen Matchey is ranked 7th overall rookie at the State of Wisconsin by 247 Sports and is rated a three-star rookie by On3.com.
•Naz Hill is rated a three-star cornerback by 247 Sports and ranked the 33rd overall rookie at Illinois State by 247 Sports.
•justin stevenson is rated as a three-star wide receiver by Rivals and by On3.com.
•Tell Wade, who is ranked by On3.com as the 17th overall rookie at Colorado State, will also join the Pokes. He was named by the Denver Post to the 2022 All-Colorado Team for all classifications as an offensive lineman. He is projected as a defensive end for Wyoming.
Distribution of posts
•This year’s position distribution has seven rookies on defense and seven on offense. The defensive scouting squad is made up of three defensive backs and four defensive linemen. Offensively, UW signed two wide receivers, two running backs, two offensive linemen and a quarterback.
Breakdown State by State
• Wyoming’s 2023 early signing class has seven signatories from Texas State, followed by two from Illinois and Wisconsin. There is one signatory each from California, Colorado and Iowa.
The early signing period for college football teams began on Wednesday, December 21 and will run through Friday, December 23. The mid-year junior college signing period also began on Wednesday and will end on Sunday, January 15, 2023. Four-year school transfer signings through the NCAA transfer portal have also begun. The regular football signing period for the recruiting class of 2023 will begin on Wednesday, February 1 and run through Saturday, April 1.
2023 University of Wyoming Football Early Signing Class
FBS Transfer Signer (1)
Name Pos. HT. Weight Hometown of the class (last school)
Harrison Waylee RB 5-10 192 Jr. Johnston, Iowa (northern Illinois)
Secondary signatories (13)
(Arranged in alphabetical order)
Name Pos. HT. Weight Hometown of the class (last school)
Kaden Anderson QB 6-4 205 Fr. Southlake, Texas (Southlake Carroll)
Ian Bell CB 6-1 180 Charr. La Verne, CA (Damien)
Bricen Brantley WR 6-3 175 Charr. Houston, TX (Ailef Taylor)
Chauncey Carter CB 6-0 175 Charr. 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 Charr. Kankakee, Illinois (Kankakee)
Keany Parks RB 6-1 180 Charr. Kenosha, Wis. (Bradford)
Lucas Samsula DT 6-4 255 Fr. Plano, Texas (West Plano)
justin stevenson WR 6-1 175 Charr. Katy, TX (Paetow)
Tell Wade DE 6-3,250 Fr. Wray, Colorado (Wray)
Jayden Williams DT 6-3 270 Fr. Bryan, Texas (Rudder)
Other Individual Highlights
•Kaden Anderson is rated a three-star quarterback by 247 Sports and Rivals. He was ranked by The Dallas Morning News as the No. 71 player on its list of Texas’ Top 100 Rookies for 2023. Anderson hails from Southlake Carroll High School in Southlake, Texas, which has a rich history of producing top quarterbacks academics, including former Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel and former Alabama QB Greg McElroy.
•Ian Bella cornerback from La Verne, Calif., picked the Wyoming Cowboys after also being recruited by Arizona, Colorado State and UNLV.
•Bricen Brantley earned first-team all-district honors as a wide receiver in District 23-6A in Houston, TX. Brantley was named his team’s most valuable player in his senior season when he caught 55 passes for 918 yards and nine receiving touchdowns.
•Chauncey Mapr is 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 a member of the All-Area Honorable Mention Team.
•Jake Davies was recruited as an offensive lineman by the Wyoming Cowboys. He played tight end and defensive end at Yorkville High School in Yorkville, Illinois. Davies is ranked the 82nd overall rookie at Illinois State by 247 Sports. He was named a special mention member of the All-State Champaign News-Gazette 2022 football team as a defensive end.
•dante drake is rated a three-star rookie by On3.com as a defensive lineman. As a junior, Drake was named second-team All-District 9-4A defensive end in Robinson, Texas.
•Quinn Grovesteen Matchey is ranked 7th overall rookie at Wisconsin State by 247 Sports as an offensive tackle and is rated a three-star rookie by On3.com. He was named to the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl watch list in 2022 as an offensive lineman.
•Naz Hill is rated a three-star cornerback by 247 Sports and ranked the 33rd overall rookie at Illinois State by 247 Sports. He was named a member of the 2022 All-State Champaign News-Gazette Football Team Special Mention as a defensive back.
•Keany Parks is rated a three-star running back by Rivals, which ranks Parks the No. 2 rookie at Wisconsin State in the 2023 recruiting class. 247 Sports also ranks Parks a three-star rookie and ranks him 6th in overall rookies at Wisconsin State.
•Lucas Samsula was selected as a first-team All-District 6-6A tight end his 2002 senior season. He is projected as a defensive tackle for the Cowboys.
•justin stevenson is rated as a three-star wide receiver by Rivals and by On3.com. 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 17th overall recruit in the 2023 recruiting class at Colorado State. He was named by the Denver Post to the 2022 All-Colorado Team for all classifications as an offensive lineman and is expected to play defensive end for the Cowboys.
•Harrison Waylee joined the Wyoming football program as a proven FBS running back, transferring to UW from Northern Illinois University. As a sophomore in 2022, Waylee earned All-Mid-American Conference (MAC) third-team honors in the MAC Head Coaches’ Vote. He was also named to Pro Football Focus (PFF) Third Team All-MAC.
•Jayden Williams earned second-team all-district honors as a defensive lineman his 2022 senior season. An outstanding athlete, Williams also competes for the Rudder High wrestling team and he throws the shot put and discus in the athletics team. In the winter of 2022, Williams placed fourth in the heavyweight division at the Region 3-5A Regional Tournament and qualified for the Class 5A State Championships.
More information on Wyoming’s 2023 football signing class
• Additional information on the 2023 recruiting class can be found on the Wyoming Signing Day Central page on GoWyo.com and on Twitter @wyo_football.
• See rosters and biographies on Wyoming’s 2023 early signing class in the PDF attached to this story.