Newspaper article The Billings Gazette (Billings, MT)

Game at San Jose State Benefits Wyoming Football's California Recruiting Efforts

Newspaper article The Billings Gazette (Billings, MT)

Game at San Jose State Benefits Wyoming Football's California Recruiting Efforts

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Wyoming football coach Craig Bohl, left, speaks to recruiting director Gordie Haug following a National Signing Day press conference in 2015 at the Rochelle Athletic Center in Laramie, Wyo. File, Star-Tribune

LARAMIE, Wyo. — Wyoming wasn’t exactly an established commodity in California back when the Cowboys recruited Carl Granderson.

“When Wyoming first started recruiting me, I never heard of Wyoming,” the junior defensive end from Sacramento said, “until I came on my visit. And I really liked it.”

Said backup quarterback Nick Szpor, a Fresno, California, native: “When I came out here, it was more like an ‘I guess I’ll go there’ kind of thing, when now, I feel like for people it’s more like, ‘I’ll go to Wyoming. Sure.’ Because they know it. We’ve had success, so I think that’s pretty cool.”

The Cowboys have recruited California heavily under fourth-year coach Craig Bohl, and the program has begun to build strong ties there, especially in Northern California.

Wyoming heads to San Jose State on Saturday for its first regular-season game in California since 2015.

“We’ve had a great deal of success recruiting California, finding our right guy,” Bohl said. “... San Jose has got an excellent school. They recruit down there. We go head to head with them in recruiting a lot. That’s not to say whoever wins on the gridiron is going to win the recruiting battles, but it certainly does shine a favorable light.

“And so it’s going to be important for us on many facets. One, to get win number eight, and two, to get momentum going with our program to finish strong. And three, I think perception in recruiting is important.”

Sacramento in particular has been a boon for Wyoming, but there have been some finds throughout the state.

“You find that timetables on making decisions is maybe a little bit different in Northern California from Southern California,” Bohl said. …

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