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California two-way threat commits to Wyoming

1/20/2013

Wyoming has done a good job with California junior college prospects in this recruiting class, as the Cowboys earned commitments from four Golden State juco recruits. This weekend, Wyoming gained its first commitment in this class from a California high school prospect, who very much enjoyed his official visit.

Timothy Hayes (Encino, Calif./Crespi) saw everything he needed to on his official visit to Wyoming to go all in with a commitment.

"I thought about it a lot before the visit," he said of a possible commitment. "I thought I would if I felt comfortable there."

Hayes, 5-foot-8 and 176 pounds, credited Wyoming assistant coaches Chris Tormey and Pete Kaligis with reeling him in.

"They convinced me I could come in and compete for a starting position," Hayes said. "They made me feel at home."

Hayes said he enjoyed his first time in Wyoming very much. While he braced for the freezing temperature, he was pleasantly surprised by the weather.

"It wasn't that cold," Hayes said. "The sun was out, so even thought it was 20 degrees, it felt like 60...We got to go out snowmobiling during the visit. That was really fun. I did not expect that."

There could be an interesting dynamic when Hayes steps on the Wyoming campus in terms of where he suits up for the Cowboys. He said Tormey, the defensive coordinator who handled much of his recruitment, likes him as a cornerback, but head coach Dave Christensen likes him as a running back.

"I'm going to come in as a corner and see how that fits," Hayes said. "If anything changes, the head coach could put me at running back. I like both equally, but playing corner is fun. It's new to me, because last year was my first full year playing that position."

Hayes is commitment No. 21 for Wyoming in the 2013 recruiting class.