LARAMIE -- Craig Bohl calls it "important" and "heartwarming" when he lands a commitment from an in-state football recruit.

Before the Cowboys hosted Hawaii in their home finale last month, the veteran head coach said he was in hopes good news was coming down the pike in that department.

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It came roughly 48 hours after that 42-9 rout of the Rainbow Warriors.

Sheridan's Alex Haswell announced on social media that Monday he would be staying home. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound 4A Lineman of the Year, fresh off his third consecutive state championship, penned a simple note.

"Thank you to my family for always pushing me and driving around the state and, sometimes out of state, to support me," Haswell wrote in part. "With that being said, I am proud to announce that I am committing to the University of Wyoming."

 

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Haswell, who capped his senior season with 34 tackles, including seven for loss, a sack and a forced fumble, will line up at defensive end for the Pokes. He was named to the 2022 Casper Star-Tribune Super 25 team, along with future UW teammates Cody Crawford (Natrona County - Casper) and Kayden LaFramboise (Thunder Basin - Gillette)

Wyoming currently has 13 natives on the roster. Haswell knows full well how unique of an opportunity this is to play in Laramie.

"It was really special," he said. "I really wasn’t sure what would happen, but I knew that if I got the opportunity, I would take it. I have been watching the Pokes ever since I started playing football and it has always been a dream to play for the Cowboys."

Haswell fielded six other offers this offseason, including from regional schools like Black Hills State, Chadron, Montana Tech and others.

He had his heart set on one.

"I’ve thought a lot about not even just putting on the game jersey but also the practice jersey," Haswell said. "I'm really excited about being able to practice against some of the best and be able to learn from some of the best coaches, as well. With playing, I know I’ll be nervous. Playing in front of my home state is something I’ve always wanted to do, so my excitement is through the roof."

The NCAA's early signing day is set for Dec. 20.

 

Current Wyoming natives on the roster:

* Frank Crum - 6'7", 315 pounds - OT - Laramie

* Wil Pelissier - 6'3", 205 pounds - WR - Big Horn

* Jordan Bertagnole - 6'4", 290 pounds - DT - Casper

* Abraham Bangoura - 6'"5, 276 pounds - OL - Laramie

* Cody Crawford - 6'1", 190 pounds - DT - Casper

* Jevon Davis - 6'0", 206 pounds - S - Casper

* Caleb Driskill - 6'2", 245 pounds - FB - Gillette

* Andrew Johnson - 6'1", 193 pounds - S - Cheyenne

* Kayden LaFramboise - 6"4", 201 pounds - WR - Gillette

* Kimball Madsen - 6'1", 228 pounds - FB - Mountain View

* Isaac Sell - 5'10', 194 pounds - CB - Laramie

* Isaac Schoenfeld - 6'5", 256 pounds - TE - Rock Springs

* Nic Talich - 6'0", 221 pounds - LB - Cody

 

Wyoming's 2024 verbal commitments:

Adrian Onyiego - 6'2", 210 pounds - OLB/ DE - Rogers, Minn. - 2 stars

Brycen Lotz - 6'5", 260 pounds - OL - Braham, Minn. - 2 stars 

Daegon "Bleyne" Bryant - 6'2", 185 pounds - ATH - Bowling Green, Mo. - 2 stars

Giovanni Panozzo - 6'6", 260 pounds - OL - Arvada, Colo. - 2 stars

Hunter Kallstrom - 6'4", 220 pounds - TE - Kerkhoven, Minn. - 2 stars

Dash Bauman - 6'2", 180 pounds - OLB - Lincoln, Neb. - 2 stars

* Tyrese Boss - 6'0", 170 pounds - CB - Chino Hills, Calif. - 2 stars

* Nathan Murphy - 6'4", 270 pounds - DT - Bryan, Texas - 0 stars

* Alex Haswell - 6'4", 205 pounds - DE - Sheridan, Wyo. - 0 stars

* Tyler Nystrom - 6'2" 180 pounds - WR - Arden Hills, Minn. - 0 stars

* Joaquin Sandoval - 5'11", 180 pounds - DB - Glenwood Springs, Colo. - 2 stars

* Garrett Combs - 6'4", 260 pounds - DT - Temple, Texas - 0 stars

* Devyn Hidrogo - 6'2", 180 pounds - S - Franklin, Texas - 3 stars

* Eltoum Murgus - 6'4", 200 pounds - LB - Kansas City, Mo. - 2 stars

* Braylon Jenkins - 6'4", 260 pounds - OG - West Des Moines, Iowa - 0 stars

* Dontae Burch - 5'8", 180 pounds - ATH - Lenexa, Kan. - 0 stars

* Jake Wilson - 6'5", 215 pounds - WR - Montgomery, Texas - 2 stars

* Chris Durr Jr. - 5'11", 148 pounds - WR - Chicago, Ill. - 3 stars

All info from Rivals.com

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