LARAMIE — Cameron Smith has attended football camps at the University of Wyoming since he was a freshman in high school.
Wednesday, the 6-foot-5, 230-pound defensive end from Legend High in Parker, Colorado, committed to play for the Cowboys and be a part of their 2020 recruiting class.
“I’ve always loved it up there ever since I was a kid,” Smith said during a phone interview with WyoSports. “I fell in love with the program and what they have going on up there. It feels like a family.”
Smith said he liked getting to know UW coach Craig Bohl and defensive run game coordinator/defensive ends coach AJ Cooper.
“Those are two guys I see myself playing for,” Smith said.
Smith received a two-star rating out of five by rivals.com. As a junior in 2018, Smith recorded 85 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, four quarterback sacks, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble.
Smith also plays tight end in high school, but said UW projects him to be a defensive end.
“I grew up playing on both sides of the ball, but I will play any position coach puts me at,” he said.
Smith was offered by UW after he attended its camp earlier this month.
“I’ve always wanted Wyoming,” he said. “Me and my parents talked about it for a week, making sure it was the right time. We felt like we wanted to do this so I can enjoy my senior year and get ready for my freshman year up at Wyoming.”
Smith said other school that have offered him scholarships are New Mexico State, Northern Colorado, North Dakota and Idaho. Smith recently attended camps at Boise State and Colorado.
Smith is the second known commitment to UW’s 2020 recruiting class, the second from Colorado and the second defensive end. The other is Braden Siders (6-3, 215) from Ralston Valley High in Arvada. Siders was a second team Class 5A selection as a junior where he had 67 tackles, seven tackles for loss, three quarterback sacks and one interception. Siders committed to UW in early April.
For more on UW recruiting, go to wyosports.net and click on the 2020 Wyoming football recruiting tracker.
Booker to transfer
Redshirt freshman safety Dauson Booker announced on Twitter Wednesday his plans to transfer. His name is now in the NCAA's transfer portal.
Booker played in four games for UW last season, but new redshirt rules allowed him to redshirt. Booker practiced as a running back for a good part of 2018 as UW got thin on numbers there. He didn't get any carries in games, and recorded one tackle on defense.
Booker, who is from Modesto, California, is the fourth player who plans to transfer. On Tuesday, redshirt freshman running back Reow Jackson, redshirt freshman defensive end DeVaughn Brown and sophomore cornerback Jalani Ellison announced via Twitter their plans to transfer.
Robert Gagliardi is the WyoSports senior editor. He can be reached at email@example.com or 307-755-3325. Follow him on Twitter at @rpgagliardi.