The Cowboys picked up two verbal commitments over the weekend with the additions of Eugene, Oregon, athlete Reow Jackson and Palmdale, CA defensive end Solomon Byrd.
Committing last Friday night (via video, a Wyoming first) was the 6-3 190-pound Reow Jackson out of Marist High School in Eugene. Jackson was offered by the Cowboys on November 9th and made a visit to Laramie November 18th for the Fresno State game. Offensive line coach Pete Kalagis (who focuses on the northwest for the Pokes) was his primary recruiter.
Jackson picked Wyoming to play his college football in Laramie because, “I felt really comfortable with the coaches and on my visit, the players treated me like family.”
He had scholarship offers from Portland State, Idaho, and Idaho State while receiving interest from Eastern Washington, Weber State, and Hawaii. As an athlete who played both sides of the ball in high school, Jackson prefers to play on offense and he indicated the Wyoming coaching staff recruited him as a running back.
During his senior season, Jackson played QB for his school with 960 passing yards and nine touchdowns and 726 yards rushing with 10 touchdowns.
Reow Jackson is currently rated as a 2-star prospect by Rivals.
Joining Jackson in committing to Wyoming over the weekend was Solomon Byrd a 6-4, 220-pound defensive end from William J. Knight High School in Palmdale, California. Solomon committed to the Pokes on December 3rd after being offered on November 9th. Byrd selected the Cowboys over interest from San Diego State, Fresno State, Army, and Dixie State (who offered him a scholarship).
Describing why he chose Wyoming Byrd explained, “It’s cliche but everything was a perfect fit from the academic part of college to the athletic part. Its a big family.”
During his senior season, Byrd was a disruptive force racking up 60 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 9 sacks and 4 forced fumbles.
When asked what type of player he was Byrd responded, “I’m the type of guy to do a little bit of everything. I’ll work really hard but it’s not what I do on the field it’s what I do off of it, I’ll bring a smile to everyone’s face.”
Solomon Byrd is rated as a 2-star prospect by Rivals.
To view highlights of both these future Cowboys, see the WyoNation recruiting page.