The firing of Major Applewhite as the head coach of the University of Houston and hiring of former West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen to replace him turns out to have had an impact on Wyoming football.
Quarterback Levi Williams of Smithson Valley High School in Spring Branch, Tex., who 11 months ago became the first commitment to the Cougars 2019 recruiting class, decommitted after a meeting with Holgorsen earlier this month.
This weekend, after a visit to Laramie, Williams committed to Wyoming.
After the early signing period, Wyoming coach Craig Bohl said with the six or seven remaining players he hoped to sign before next month's second commitment date he wanted to add a third candidate to go with Sean Chambers and Tyler Vander Waal.
He found him in Williams, a 6-4, 200-pound pro-style quarterback. The football staff cannot discuss commitments until a letter of intent is signed, but Williams, while he was in Laramie, announced his decision in an interview with his high school television station.
“I feel great about the whole situation,” said Williams. “It’s a different culture up here. There are a lot of outdoor activities. The people are really nice.”
As part of his recruiting trip, Williams said, he went snowmobiling in the Snowy Range.
Asked about his change of mind about Houston, he said he met with Holgorsen earlier this month “and decided it was not a great fit for me to go there.”
With the help Smithson Valley head coach Larry Hall, Williams sent out inquiries to see schools that could have interest. The Cowboys did, and offensive coordinator Brett Vigen contacted Hill to open the recruitment.
After a visit from Bohl and Vigen, Williams knew there was a fit and made the trip to Laramie.
“Coach Bohl was super honest,” Williams said. “Remind me a lot of coach Hall. He is up front with you, very honest.”
Williams made mention of the fact Bohl and Vigen coached quarterbacks Carson Wentz at North Dakota State, and Josh Allen at Wyoming.
“They look for tall, stronger guy he has not reached his full (physical) potential,” said Williams. “I not I have a lot of growing to do weight and strengthwise.”
Williams gives the Cowboys three young quarterbacks and would seem a likely red-shirt candidate in 2019.
Chambers was inserted at the quarterback position midway through the Cowboys game against Utah State and started the next three games. He, however, suffered a broken ankle on the first possession of the Cowboys Nov. 17 game against Air Force, and Vander Waal led the Cowboys to wins over Air Force, and in the season finale at New Mexico. Vander Waal has said he has no plans of transferring and will be a sophomore in the coming season.
Take a peek at Levi Williams confirming his commitment with his high schools Television station: