Wyoming Cowboys football: National Signing Day 2022
LARAMIE -- Just hours into National Signing Day and already 14 players have signed on the dotted line to play football at the University of Wyoming.
Will there be some surprises today? We've already seen a few.
Offensive lineman Jagger Filippone from Torrey Pines, Calif., made his decision public Wednesday morning. So did Kevin Sjogren, a high school linebacker from Palisade, Colo., who will line up at defensive end in Laramie. Wesley King, an offensive lineman from Appleton, Wisc., also inked his name to a national letter of intent on signing day.
Stay tuned throughout the day as we update this list:
Quarterback, 6-4, 225, Omaha, Nebraska
Omaha has been good to the Cowboys of late. Nebraska in general, really. Wyoming didn't recruit a quarterback in the 2021 class. That changed quickly this time around with Caden Becker. The Skutt Catholic product, who originally committed to Northern Illinois, flipped to UW back in late April. The dual-threat signal caller played in just a handful of games for Skutt in 2020 after transferring from Burke High School. He threw for 540 yards and rushed for another 541. Six touchdowns came through the air. Becker added seven more on the ground. 247sports.com lists Becker as a three-star recruit while Rivals.com gives him two stars. Becker also received interest from Iowa, Iowa State and South Dakota.
Tight end, 6-5, 220, Rock Springs, Wyoming
Schoenfeld became the Cowboys' first in-state recruit in mid-June. As a junior at Rock Springs High School, Schoenfeld racked up 610 receiving yards and hauled in seven touchdown passes for the Tigers. Those numbers earned him a spot on the All-State team. Schoenfeld will join a growing list of young tight ends in Laramie like Parker Christensen, Treyton Welch, Jackson Marcotte, Colin O'Brien and John Michael Gyllenborg. Schoenfeld, the top-rated tight end in Wyoming, earned a two-star rating from Rivals.com and three stars from 247sports. He helped lead the Tigers to the 2021 state title game inside War Memorial Stadium in November. He also received an offer from Montana State.
Safety, 6-2, 199, Fremont, Nebraska
This safety from Nebraska turned down offers from Air Force, Army and North Dakota State, verbally committing to Wyoming in late June. Even his home-state Huskers kicked the tires. A pro-style quarterback at Archbishop Bergan in Freemont, McIntyre will transition to the safety spot in Laramie. And like Schoenfeld, will join a young group in the defensive backfield, who will be eventually tasked with replacing Esaias Gandy and Braden Smith. McIntyre received a two-star rating from Rivals and no stars from 247sports. As a QB, McIntyre threw for 2,205 yards and added 1,238 on the ground. He accounted for 31 touchdowns.
Linebacker, 6-2, 190, Highlands Ranch, Colorado
Wyoming signed just one player for the state of Colorado in its last class. That looks to be changing this time around. Cayden Hawkins, an outside linebacker from Valor Christian, verbally committed to the Cowboys in late June. He joins his high school teammate, Zaire Jackson, who was last year's lone commit to UW from south of the border. Rivals doesn't give Hawkins any stars and Wyoming is the only school listed that had interest in the junior. Hawkins was part of the 2020 state champion track team, taking gold in the 4x200.
Safety, 6-0, 180, Aurora, Colorado
No stars, no problem. Wyoming landed another Colorado commit already, this time it's Malique Singleton, a safety from Grandview High School. You might recognize a couple other Cowboys from that high school: Tanner and Gunner Gentry, Eddie Yarbrough and Mason Schultz. Colorado State and Wyoming are the only two schools listed as a showing interest in Singleton. He signed with the Cowboys in late June. Singleton was the state runner-up in the 110-meter hurdles in 2020. He helped lead the Wolves to a state championship in track and field.
Offensive tackle, 6-6, 281, Logan, Iowa
North Dakota and North Dakota State offered Johnsen out of Logan Magnolia Community School. Logan, a town with roughly 1,500 residents, is just northeast of Omaha and does play 11-man football. Iowa State and Nebraska also showed interest in Johnsen. "I really took a liking to Iowa State and Nebraska," he said. "But Wyoming felt like home and where I really wanted to go," Johnsen told kmaland.com. He was named a first-team Class A All-State offensive lineman and is listed as a two-star recruit by rivals.com
Defensive tackle, 6-4, 250, Inglewood, Calif.
According to Rivals.com, Wyoming is the only school to offer Jaden Williams. A quick glimpse at his Hudl highlights shows an overpowering force on the defensive front. This past October, Eric Sondheimer of the LA Times penned a column about Williams titled "Jaden Williams found himself after losing his mom." You can check that out right HERE. Through five games this fall, the story states, Williams was credited with 30 solo tackles and five sacks. He even returned a kick 70 yards for a touchdown. "He's quick for a lineman," Sondheimer writes.
Wide receiver, 6-1, 181, St. Louis, MO
This senior wide out from John Burroughs High School in west St. Louis is a three-star recruit, according to rivals.com. That website says Merritt has received offers from six schools, including Power-5 programs Iowa, Kansas and Kansas State, as well as Ivy League schools, Dartmouth and Brown. 247sports.co lists Merritt as a three-star prospect. He committed to the Cowboys on Aug. 13. In the Post-Dispatch Super 30 countdown of the area's top prospects, Merritt was ranked No. 19 overall. Burroughs played just five games last fall due to the virus. Still, Merritt snagged 18 passes for 317 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for 219 yards and scored two more times. A two-way player, Merritt also picked off a pass and tallied 20 tackles from the cornerback spot.
Cornerback, 5-11, 170, McKinney, Texas
This two-star defensive back from the Dallas area also received interest from Air Force, Army, Navy and Liberty, among other schools. Dixon also plays basketball and runs track at McKinney High School. According to MxPreps.com, Dixon had six tackles and two pass break ups in a 35-28 victory over Har-Ber.
Running back, 6-2, 208, Bellevue, Neb.
Iowa State, Nebraska and Northern Illinois all showed interest in this big back from the Omaha area. LJ Richardson chose the Cowboys. The Bellevue West High School bell cow eclipsed the 2,000-yard rushing mark in mid-November. On Sept. 25, Richardson committed to Wyoming via Twitter, thanking the UW coaching staff for "not giving up on me and constantly recruiting me."
Offensive tackle, 6-4, 260, Beaumont, Texas
Wyoming added its second verbal commit to the offensive line Tuesday night, less than 24 hours before national signing day. Mykel Janise doesn't have any stars behind his name, but received interest from Louisiana Tech, Texas State and Mountain West foe, New Mexico. All four of those schools offered. Janise chose UW. The Beaumont Enterprise named Janise to the "Super Gold Team" as seasons end. Here's what the paper had to say about the big man: "Janise held down the left side for the Bruins at the tackle position. He didn’t allow a sack, recorded 49 pancake blocks and graded above 90 percent in each game."
Offensive line, 6-6, 265, Torrey Pines, Calif.
The recruiting websites -- rivals.com and 247sports -- give Jagger Filippone a no-star rating despite showing six official offers from Arizona State, Navy, Brown, Columbia, Lehigh and Pennsylvania. Wednesday morning around 8 a.m. MT, the offensive lineman signed with the Cowboys. According to Twitter, the offer came back on Nov. 19.
Defensive end, 6-5, 210, Palisade, Colo.
Just Google Kevin Sjogren's name and one word keeps popping up -- tackles. According to the JGSentinel, the senior led the state of Colorado with 127 stops heading into the quarterfinals of the 3A playoffs in mid-November. MaxPreps.com says the high school linebacker finished with 161 tackles, which equates to an eye-popping 13.4 per game. Sjogren also added a pair of sacks and an interception. Yale also showed interest during the recruiting process.
Offensive line, 6-5, 270, Appleton, Wisc.
According to 247sports.com, Wes King earned five scholarship offers. Central Michigan, Illinois State, North Dakota and North Dakota State all wanted a piece of the two-way player from Wisconsin. He chose Wyoming. That website lists him as a three-star recruit and the 20th-best player in the state of Wisconsin.
Wide receiver, 6-0, 185, Chanhassen, Minn. (Preferred walk-on)
Charlie Coenen was selected as an All-District player three times during his high school career, and he was named to the 2021 Minneapolis Star Tribune Second Team All-Metro team. Coenen was also named District Co-Offensive Player of the Year.
University of Wyoming’s Top 50 Football Players
- University of Wyoming’s Top 50 Football Players