Wyoming News Now Signing Day Special

Published: Feb. 2, 2023 at 12:34 AM CST
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Wednesday was National Signing Day, and that brought plenty of action around the state of high school athletes officially making their college choices.

The Wyoming Cowboys football team announced 21 additions to their 2023 class. Eight players will be on scholarship, while the remaining 13 are preferred walk ons. Three members of the class are Wyoming natives coming out of high school: Thunder Basin wide receiver Kayden LaFramboise, Natrona defensive tackle Cody Crawford, and Laramie offensive lineman Abraham Bangoura.

Bangoura was one of a whopping seven Laramie athletes to sign the dotted line, and one of four football players. Linebacker Mahlon Morris will be playing for the University of Mary, wide receiver/cornerback Adrien Calderon chose Dickinson State, and running back Jeremy Sanchez put pen to paper for Dakota Wesleyan.

The lone Lady Plainsmen to sign was soccer forward Lexi Lucero; she made it official with Yakima Valley College. The remaining two Plainsmen signees both were for baseball; second baseman Tayton Moore will patrol the middle infield for Hesston College, and outfielder Griffin Webb is headed to Hastings College.

Out of Cheyenne, Central’s Richard Prescott will participate in both football and track for Northern University. He earned All-State honors on both sides of the football for the Indians, and was named All-State in track as well.

One of Burns’ biggest defensive presences chose to take his talents to Chadron State; 2A All-State selection Cooper Lakin will follow in his brother’s footsteps and make it a family affair in Nebraska next year.

As previously mentioned, the Mustangs’ Crawford is remaining in his home state. He is another versatile player who made the All-State team on both sides of the ball, but he will solely play defensive tackle for the Cowboys.

The final athlete of Signing Day Special coverage was Douglas’ Jackson Hughes, who will officially play football for Black Hills State. The ties with the Yellow Jackets run deep for Hughes-- his grandfather is a Hall of Fame football coach there, and both his father and uncles suited up for their team.

Congratulations to all the athletes who officially get to live out their dreams of playing at the next level.