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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Mike Purcell verbals to Wyoming

By BOB HAMMOND Boomerang Sports Editor
he University of Wyoming football program had its first big recruiting weekend this past Friday and Saturday when some 20 high school prospects visited Laramie and the UW campus.

Two of those 20 visitors — David Tooley, a 6-6, 215-pound tight end/wide receiver from Moberly (Mo.) High School and Mike Purcell, a 6-3, 260-pound defensive lineman from Highlands Ranch (Colo.) — have already given verbal commitments to sign with the Cowboys and new head coach Dave Christensen on Feb. 4.

Purcell recorded 65 tackles, including 10 quarterback sacks, while earning second-team All-Colorado honors this past season on a Highlands Ranch team that went 6-4.

Purcell saw a considerable amount of playing time for the Falcons as a sophomore before becoming a full-time starter as a junior.

Purcell, who is of Polynesian decent (mom in is from Hawaii and father from Samoa), was also being recruited by Utah, Utah State, BYU, New Mexico, Colorado State, Boise State and Montana State.

“Wyoming was the first school to offer me and it’s (Laramie) not far from home. It’s far enough but it’s close enough,” Purcell said. “It’s also a chance for me to play right away. I also really liked Coach Christensen. He’s a great guy and he definitely has a lot to bring to the table.”

Purcell is currently competing in wrestling and has played rugby in the past.

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