Currently the Cowboys have a very solid stable of running backs lead by Shaun Wick, D.J. May, Omar Stover, Joshua Tapscott, Oscar Nevermann and incoming freshmen Brian Hill and Nico Evans. The new staff seems to prefer backs on the bigger side, even though they took Evans who was on the smaller side last recruiting class. Generally 5'11", 200-pounds and up is the prototype. This definitely fits Wyoming's newest verbal in Hamilton (MO) Penney high school star Kellen Overstreet.
Overstreet is a 5'11", 200-pounder that rushed for 3,329 yards and 53 touchdowns on the ground. He averaged a staggering 9.2 yards per carry on the season. He also had 404 yards receiving and another 7 touchdowns. Lastly he had two kick returns for touchdowns and defensively had one pick six from his cornerback position. He helped lead Penney to a 11-3 record as a junior.
Wyoming had been recruiting the Penney high school standout since March and his lead recruiter will also be his new position coach in Mike Bath.
Overstreet had visited Laramie back in April and that's when the Cowboy coaching staff extended an offer. Much like the prior two other verbals in Kevin Prosser and C.J. Johnson, Overstreet was a very early target of the Wyoming coaching staff.
What exactly were his thoughts on Wyoming and Laramie?
"Laramie is a really nice place, not too big and not too small. It felt a little like home," said Overstreet. "I felt like there was a lot of excitement and a sense of family in the program, especially with the newer coaching staff. Just the feel of the campus and the atmosphere is what I really liked."
So what led him to verbal to Wyoming over other offers from such schools as Air Force, North Dakota State, South Dakota State, South Dakota, Illinois State, Northern Iowa, Bucknell and Holy Cross?
"Well, I had been praying pretty hard about it the past couple of weeks and I started to get the feeling that Wyoming is where I needed to be."
The Cowboys new offense led by offensive coordinator Brent Vigen was also a selling point. The emphasis of the offense being heavy on the run and considered old school by some, was enticing.
"Yes, that was definitely a factor since I have been in an offense like this since I started playing football," explained Overstreet.
Wyoming could still possibly take another running back in this class but as of this moment I'm sure the staff is very pleased in landing not only a very good young man but one of their top running back targets.