North Texas will host its annual Friday Night Lights camp tonight at Apogee Stadium. (DRC file photo)
UNT will hold its annual Friday Night Lights camp tonight over at Apogee Stadium. UNT came up with the concept right after Dan McCarney arrived and has enjoyed a great deal of success with it.
There are usually well over a hundred players who participate. Those players range from high school athletes just looking to learn a few tricks heading into the season to major college prospects trying to decide where they will continue their careers.
K.J. Powers falls into another category and was the subject of our preview in the paper today.
Powers is one of hundreds of players across the country this time of year who are pretty sure they are going to play college football. It’s just a matter of whether they can made a big enough impression at a summer camp to land an FBS offer.
The Oklahoma DB is sitting on a couple of small school offers, but dreams of playing on the major college level. Powers is from Cache, a small town near Lawton.
UNT is interested, but it sounds like he needs to show he can compete against the players from bigger schools to earn a scholarship offer.
Powers’ chance will come tonight, like it will for several other players. UNT had several prospects participate in Friday Night Lights and then end up signing with the Mean Green.
There is still a lingering notion out there that recruiting isn’t going well for UNT. Don’t believe it, at least not yet.
UNT is playing this smart. There are offers out there for several really good prospects. If they get to the point that they are ready to commit, they will.
The last thing UNT needs to do is go out there and grab a bunch of marginal players early.
UNT isn’t playing the recruiting game from a position of power at the moment. This team isn’t riding the excitement of a bowl win or having a new coach in place. Last season was a tough one.
There are more than enough good players to go around and spots are drying up. SMU has 22 kids committed, Houston 16, Louisiana Tech 13 and Rice 11.
It’s not who you take early. It’s who you end up with in the end.
North Texas is working on several upgrades to its Olympic sports venue this summer, including a new restroom facility. (Denton Record-Chronicle/Al Key)
And in other news, I wrote about the renovations that are taking place over at UNT’s Olympic sports complex this week.
It’s not the most exciting subject out there.
Hey. UNT is getting a new commode!!
With that being said, it is a pretty important upgrade ahead of next season’s Conference USA softball tournament that UNT will host.
UNT will also improve the batting cages, the bullpen and recover the outfield wall, in addition to doing some other work on Lovelace Stadium.
The school will also work on the soccer field as well. A new scoreboard will be added sometime in the near future, although it might not be in place for this season.
John Hedlund’s soccer team is the best and most consistent program on campus — and it’s not really even close. Any time UNT can invest in that program it’s a good idea.
UNT soccer fans will also be able to use the new bathrooms at home games.