Wyoming gets verbal commitments from six recruits

Updated: December 13, 2005, 7:58 PM ET
Associated Press

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- Four defensive players, an offensive lineman and a punter have verbally committed to play for Wyoming.

Two of those players are from the junior college ranks: Darryl Gober, a 5-foot, 11-inch, 205-pound defensive back from Fullerton (Calif.) Community College, and punter Billy Vinnedge (6-0, 185) from Allan Hancock Community College in Santa Maria, Calif.

Two other defensive backs have been recruited: Tyree Carter (5-10, 185), of Oklahoma City, and Alex Toney (6-1, 195), of Las Vegas.

The other players to commit verbally are linebacker Lawrence Alexander (5-11, 216), of Everman, Texas, and offensive lineman Jack Tennant (6-5, 280), of Mahomet, Ill.

Gober was named Fullerton's most valuable player last season. He recorded 48 tackles, had three interceptions, forced two fumbles and returned a fumble for a touchdown.

Vinnedge was an All-American honorable mention for Allan Hancock. He averaged 40.8 yards per punt and tallied 17 punts inside his opponents' 20-yard line.

Playing for Star Spencer High School, Carter was the second-leading rusher in Oklahoma as a senior with 2,400 yards. He said Wyoming was the first school to offer him a scholarship.

Toney played for Shadow Ridge High School and said CSU, UNLV, Nevada and Fresno State all made offers to him.

"I really liked the small-town atmosphere and all of the support people give to Wyoming football," he said. "It is kind of hard to leave home, but I am an independent person and the atmosphere and community support I saw in Laramie is what I want to be around for my college career."

Alexander had 87 tackles, 14 tackles for loss and six quarterback sacks his senior year at Everman High School. He said he had scholarship offers from Colorado State, Iowa State, Houston and Louisiana-Monroe.

Tennant, playing for Mahomet-Seymour High School, earned all-state and all-area honors and was named to the Chicago Sun-Times' small-school all-state team.


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