June 19, 2012

Anaya pledges to Wyoming

The University of Wyoming football team will have a Cowboy State flavor to its 2013 recruiting class. Casper (Wyo.) linebacker Ryan Anaya offered his commitment to the Wyoming coaches Monday night and becomes the first Wyoming resident to commit to the Cowboy program since Green River's Drew Martinez did as part of the 2010 recruiting class.

"I called Coach (Dave) Christensen last night and we just talked over the phone," Anaya said. "He asked, 'are you ready to be a cowboy' and I said that is awesome and he told me welcome aboard.

"The offer is pretty good. You can't beat a full ride," Anaya said.

Anaya received his first and only Division I scholarship offer from Wyoming during its Individual Camp on June 10. He said he nearly committed on-the-spot, but decided he had better let his parents know what he was thinking first.

"The only thing that stopped me (from committing on June 10) was telling my parents," Anaya said. "You can't just jump into something like that and then tell your parents what you did. There wasn't much conversation about it. I just told them what I wanted to do and why and they said it sounded good and they were very happy for me."

As a junior, Anaya posted 44 tackles, two sacks, one pass break-up and one interception. For his efforts, he was named Second Team All-State as a linebacker. As a tight end, he was named First Team All-State and unanimous All-Conference, catching 11 passes for 172 yards. Anaya said Wyoming is recruiting him as a linebacker.

While the numbers on the field are impressive, his athletic ability is off the charts. At 6-foot-3 and 248 pounds, Anaya qualified for the Wyoming State Track Meet in four events. He reports a personal best time of 11.1 seconds in the 100 meter dash, a 22.8 in the 200 meters, a 21-foot, 8-inch long jump and a 44-foot triple jump.

All that at nearly 250 pounds.

The future Business Administration major said the fact he is the first Cowboy State recruit to receive a scholarship offer from Wyoming is humbling and he is looking forward to his time in Laramie.

"Basically, it is a positive environment," he said. "Just to be around the coaches, everyone is positive. It is a nice place to be around. My goal is just to do my best to impact the team as much as I can.

"It almost feels relieving to get this off my chest to enjoy the final year of football," Anaya said. "It is a great honor to be a part of this program on the Division I level."

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