Coach Craig Bohl and his Wyoming coaching staff are on the board with their first verbal commitment on the 2016 recruiting class in landing 6'4", 205-pound Mustang, Oklahoma, quarterback Chandler Garrett.
The 3-star quarterback, per Rivals and 247 Sports, picked the Cowboys over Mountain West rival Air Force. Garrett's verbal is the fifth for the Cowboys from the State of Oklahoma dating back to last year's recruiting class (2015). The Oklahoman ranked Garrett the ninth best prospect on its Super 30 for this coming season.
As a junior, Garrett threw for 2,389 yards, 18 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He also had 303 yards rushing with 9 more touchdowns. He helped lead the Mustangs to the Oklahoma 6A-1 state semifinals this past season. His high school coach is none other than ex-Wyoming quarterback Jeremy Dombeck, who played for the Cowboys back in the mid-90's.
He describes himself as a great leader who can give the team a dual-threat weapon in the passing and running games. His mental aspect of the game is also said to be a strong part of his make-up.
Garrett and his parents visited Laramie unofficially this past week and that visit pretty much sealed the deal for the big right-hander.
Garrett saw plenty of positives while on his visit and the coaching staff and facilities were at the top of that list.
"The coaching staff is obviously one of the best things. They are taking this program to the next level. Along with my high school coach playing there, the facilities are top notch".
Wyoming has announced the building of a $44-million high-altitude performance center. The new facility will include a new football locker room, offices and meeting rooms, training table, academic center, and renovated weight room. It will nearly triple the size of the the Rochelle Athletics Center from 48,000 square feet to 126,000 square feet.
As for the coaching staff, Garrett mentioned the respect he has for the coach that recruited him, running backs coach Mike Bath. Bath is responsible for recruiting Kansas, Oklahoma and East Texas.
"I love coach Bath! He is a great guy that brings a ton of energy. Me and him have become really close".
Bath is not the only coach that has drawn his attention. While on his visit he really took a liking to Head Strength and Conditioning coach Zach Duvall. Seeing the technology the strength and conditioning program possesses was a major positive on his visit. He is also high on offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Brent Vigen. Garrett believes the style of coaching Vigen brings to the table is a plus and someone he looks forward to working with and being around on and off the field.
Now Garrett turns his attention back to his high school team, where he will try to lead them to a 6A-1 state title during his senior year. He will also now become a vital player when it comes to recruiting for the Cowboys. Wyoming has put a lot of emphasis inside the state of Oklahoma when it comes to recruiting. The Wyoming staff will actually be in Oklahoma this next week (Thursday, June 18th) for a satellite camp in Oklahoma City (Bishop McGuinness High School) hosted by Northwestern Oklahoma State University. The staff will be on hand to assist the Northwestern Oklahoma staff both coach and instruct the campers.