SHERIDAN — Sheridan High School’s Parker Christensen has one more season with the Broncs football team, but he’ll play his final season without the stress of making a college decision. Christensen verbally committed to play at the University of Wyoming Sunday.
“Beyond excited to announce that I will be continuing my athletic and academic career at The University Of Wyoming! Thank you to all that have helped make this possible,” Christensen tweeted Sunday.
Christensen became the first commitment for UW’s 2019 class, according to recruiting website Rivals.com. The running back also had offers from Montana and Montana State.
The incoming senior led the Broncs in rushing as a junior in 2017, totaling 1,049 yards at a state-best 10.7 yards per carry to go along with 10 touchdowns. He also finished second on the team in receiving at 383 yards and had another 10 touchdowns through the air.
Christensen spent most of the past two seasons splitting running back duties with Kyle Custis, who graduated in May. Christensen is expected to carry most of the load for the Broncs out of the backfield in 2018.
The 6-foot-2 back joins a growing list of Wyoming football players keeping their talents in-state and committing to the Cowboys. The 2017 UW football team featured 16 players from Wyoming high schools and had two in their 2018 recruiting class, including Sheridan’s Blayne Baker. Sheridan County has been a hot bed for recruiting as of late, with Christensen the most recent in a line of local players that includes Baker, Dontae Crow (SHS), Riley Sessions (SHS) and Brennan Kutterer (Tongue River High School).
The early signing period for 2019 football players is Dec. 19. The regular signing period begins Feb. 6.
Christensen begins his senior season with the three-time-defending-state-champion Broncs Aug. 24 in Rock Springs.