December 1, 2012

WYO commits ready for big visit weekend

Just one week after closing out the regular season, the Wyoming football team will begin the process of official visits for a number of prospects, including some who have already committed to Wyoming.

The Cowboy coaching staff has said in the past they prefer to do their official visits after the season in the name of devoting more time to the prospects, as well as the fact it offers more access for prospects to see the academic side of the University.

Among those who are likely to be on-campus this weekend are Wyoming commitments James Diamanti, Dalton Fields and Taylor Knestis. They will be joined by those who have yet to commit, including Fort Collins linebacker Jake Hanks, Illinois running back Omar Stover and Arizona offensive lineman Charlie Renfree.

Other potential visitors have yet to confirm their visits to

Diamanti, the Grand Junction defensive lineman, said he can't wait to get on-campus fast enough and added that will be a theme for him. Diamati said he plans to graduate early this semester and enroll at Wyoming for the spring semester, allowing him to participate in spring football.

"I'll be looking forward to sitting in on the classes because I am graduating and I'll be up there in the spring," he said. "I want to start as a freshman or at least get good playing time. The only way I see that happening is if I go to the school and get on the nutritional program and get in the weight room.

"I talked to (Defensive Line Coach Matt) Rahl and he told me that I have probably the best chance of all the incoming freshman to play early. They are graduating a couple of interior guys this year."

When asked if he is concerned about missing out on his senior year, he replied, "I went to prom last year so it isn't like I am missing out on anything."

Diamanti is coming off a 6-4 season with his Grand Junction high school team and a year that saw him named both All-Conference. He was also named his conference Defensive Player of The Year after a season that saw him collect 88 tackles, 54 solo and eight sacks.

"I made it up for the Cal-Poly game this year," Diamanti said. "I liked how the crowd was always in it. Even when they were losing nobody really left. I loved the atmosphere up here. The whole crowd has your back no matter what."

The future Sports Medicine Major said he currently stands at 6-foot-4 and 285 pounds. While he has collected hardware and a scholarship, he said his next course of action is collect another fellow Coloradoan for the Wyoming football team this weekend.

"Me and Dalton (Fields) see it as we want to get Jake Hanks to commit," Diamanti said. "Last time I talked to him he said Wyoming is his number two behind Tulsa, but Wyoming is up there."

Hanks is coming off a season in which he was named All-Colorado by ROOT Sports, as well as First Team All-Conference for his work as a defensive end and a fullback. Hanks was credited with 61 stops and 6.5 sacks defensively and 348 yards on the ground. For his efforts, he has been offered scholarships at Northern Colorado, Air Force, Wyoming and Tulsa.

Renfree is a 6-foot-3, 280-pound interior lineman with scholarship offers from Wyoming, South Dakota State and Idaho.

Omar Stover hails from Bolingbrook, Illinois and is a two-star prospect, according to He is 5-foot-11 and 195 pounds. According to, he rushed for roughly 900 yards and eight scores a year ago and holds a scholarship offer from North Dakota. He is also hearing from several Mid-American Conference schools as well as Illinois and Missouri.

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