January 16, 2012
Wick Leads Wyoming Commitments
Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure 5-foot-11, 190 pound athlete Shaun Wick has verbally committed to the Wyoming football program after visiting Laramie this weekend.
UW head coach Dave Christensen and his staff hosted 12 visitors on Friday and Saturday.
The Cowboys also picked up verbal commitments from Athlete/Running Back DJ May, defensive tackle Uso Olive, and Cornerback Jayshawn Jordan. All three are teammates on the Federal Way Via Odea High School football team. They led Seattle O'Dea to a 13-1 record this season. Its only loss came to undefeated Bellevue in the state playoffs.
Jordan is a 5-10 and 175 cornerback prospect who received an offer from Eastern Washington and Washington State, Idaho and Montana were showing interest. Rivals.com rates him No. 15 in the Washington state rankings.
"The Wyoming offer was pretty big, " said Jordan. "I wanted to wait to visit there before I made a commitment to the program."
Jordan has a good friendship with UW three-star wide receiver commitment Trent Sewell of Bothell, Washington.
"Me and Trent are good friends," Jordan said. "He used to go to O'Dea so we're friends. That is a big influence. This way I would know Wyoming I would have friends down there so that would be important."
May made an impression during numerous camps. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound running back ran a 4.49 in the 40-yard dash at the Nike SPARQ Combine in Oregon. Last season for the Eagles, May finished the season with 1,310 yards on the ground and 13 touchdowns during his junior season.
Olive should help plug the middle on a run defense with his big size at 6-foot-1 and 305 pounds. He originally accepted an offer from Portland State but kept options open for the FBS offer from the Cowboys. Over the past few weeks interest picked up because of his natural strength and power in the interior. He lost 50 pounds this summer after registering a double digit sack total his junior season.
"I got myself down to 306 pounds this summer. That's were I want to play at. This is the best I've ever felt," said Olive. "Over the summer, all I did was run. During my junior year, I was getting pushed around."
Wick's strengths on the football field is his aggressiveness, speed and quickness. He has outstanding side to side agility and runs a 4.0 shuttle. That quickness and lateral agility translate well in the defensive backfield.
"I'd say my aggressiveness, speed, and quickness," said Wick. "I think I'm versatile and can be successful on both sides of the football with my athleticism. I can pickup schemes pretty well and that helps playing the game."
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