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Kettle Run star Josh Tapscott commits to Wyoming

Thursday, Dec. 13 | By Jeff Malmgren
Running back Josh Tapscott finished his career with 20 Kettle Run records. --Times-Democrat Staff Photo/Randy Litzinger
That escalated quickly.

Kettle Run star running back Josh Tapscott verbally committed Saturday to play for the University of Wyoming football team only one month after the program began recruiting him.

Wyoming flew Tapscott out for an official visit Friday and he committed Saturday night while there, Kettle Run coach Jeff Lloyd said.

"It got kind of serious" quickly, Lloyd said.

Tapscott also received scholarship offers Boston College, Ohio, Richmond and William and Mary, Lloyd said. The running back previously committed to Boston College in May, but later de-committed.

"Josh has been through the recruiting process, and you find there's some very truthful people and there's a lot of snakes involved," Lloyd said. "They were very straight-forward with him" at Wyoming.

Cowboys coaches told Tapscott he'll have the opportunity to play as a true freshman, Lloyd said.

"I think it was a big thing," Lloyd said. "Josh really wanted to go somewhere he had a change to play right away and not redshirt.

"It's a great decision for him," Lloyd said. "I'm very happy for the kid and his family."

Tapscott, who has family in Wyoming, should fit well in the Cowboys' single-back spread offense.

That "is appealing to Josh because he can play out of that system, and he can lineup up and motion out of the backfield and catch the ball," Lloyd said.

Wyoming plays in the Mountain West Conference and will begin the 2013 season in a stadium with one of the best atmospheres in the nation.

"It's a big time conference and they open next year with Nebraska," Lloyd said.

The Cowboys finished this season sixth in the WAC with a 4-8 record. They used a running-back-by-committee approach with four players (three running back and a quarterback) who each had at least 77 carries and 366 yards.

As a team, Wyoming finished ninth in rushing offense in the 10-team WAC. However, the Cowboys finished second in passing offense with their top three running backs combining for 49 receptions.

Tapscott leaves Kettle Run as the greatest player to ever wear a Cougars uniform. He was their starting running back the past four seasons and helped them advance to the Group AA state semifinals each of the past two seasons by winning consecutive Region II Division 3 championships.

"He's been the face of the program for a while now," Lloyd said. "He set some offensive records that will stand for a very long time."

Tapscott finished his career with 20 Kettle Run records, including 4,106 total yards, 52 total touchdowns, 3,497 rushing yards, 41 rushing touchdowns, 42 receptions and four kickoff return touchdowns. His single-season record include 26 total touchdowns, 1,370 rushing yards, 18 rushing touchdowns, 609 receiving yards and three kickoff return touchdowns.

His single-game records include four touchdowns, 230 yards, longest run of 81 yards, 259 total yards and 95-yard kickoff return, and he holds a record with at least one touchdown in 20 consecutive games.

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