December 14, 2012

Tapscott ready for Wyoming

Call it the route-less-chosen, or the idea that everything has worked out for the best, but no matter how you look at it, the Wyoming Cowboys have a new running back commitment.

Nokesville (Vir.) running back Josh Tapscott committed to Wyoming during his official visit to Laramie last weekend, ending a roller-coaster recruitment. The process saw him commit to Boston College in June, before being told he no longer had a scholarship offer in Chestnut Hill, re-opening his recruitment and finally ending up at Wyoming.

"They told me they were looking for a bigger back and I no longer had an offer," the 5-foot-8, 185-poundTrapscott said of his BC scholarship offer.

The "bigger back," BC recruited was LeShun Daniels, who himself re-opened his own recruitment after the firing of former BC coach Frank Spaziani. He is now deciding between Iowa and BC.

Last season Tapscott rushed for 1, 200 yards and 13 touchdowns on his way to being named Virginia Region 3, Division 3 Player of the Year. Tapscott ended his recruitment with scholarship offers from Wyoming and Ohio and had interest from William and Mary, Richmond and several other Division I-AA schools.

"I can get downhill or try to out-run you," Tapscott said about his game. "If I get to get two yards, I am not afraid to lower my shoulder and get that too."

Tapscott said after his offer from Boston College was pulled, he sent out his recruiting film to Wyoming. After receiving it, he said Cowboy coach Pete Kaligas called immediately and scheduled an in-home visit, followed by an official visit for Tapscott to see Laramie. Tapscott said the Wyoming coaches have told him he will have the opportunity to compete for carries at running back early, as well as get some time on special teams.

"Everything just kind of clicked," Tapscott said. "I got out there (Laramie) and really felt like I had a good connection. They do academics really well out there and there really aren't many distractions. There aren't any big clubs, there isn't any gang violence. I can see me playing out there and really hitting it."

For Tapscott, Wyoming connected with him quick enough for him not to wait until the Sunday of his visit to commit to Wyoming. He said he talked to the coaches during a tour Saturday morning and told them he wanted to be a Cowboy.

"They were excited," Tapscott said. "I had a meeting with the coaches during our tour and I loved it. I told them I wanted to commit."

While Tapscott's native Virginia isn't anywhere near Wyoming, he said he wasn't concenred about the distance from home, nor is Wyoming completely new to him. The future Animal Science Major.

"I have family in Montana near Red Lodge," Tapscott said. "I have been through Wyoming plenty of times and went fishing out there too, so it isn't like I am going somewhere I've never seen before."

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