I finally had a chance to catch up with Lake Travis offensive lineman Hunter Siddons today.
The offensive tackle committed to UNT in late June, but has since parted ways with the Mean Green.
Siddons suffered a concussion in Lake Travis’ first game of the season against Converse Judson and hasn’t played since, although he is hoping to make it back for the playoffs.
UNT head coach Dan McCarney called Siddons a week after he suffered the concussion and told him that the school was pulling its scholarship offer.
Siddons said he wasn’t sure exactly why UNT pulled its offer. The family seemed pretty hurt by it.
The injury was the second Siddons has suffered in the last couple of years. The story I wrote when he originally committed was based largely on Siddons’ potential growth as a player.
Siddons was a second-team All-District 25-4A selection as a junior, but missed all of spring practice heading into his senior year with a shoulder injury.
Siddons appears to have a high ceiling as a player, but he has not played a lot of football since the end of his junior year.
Parting ways with Siddons will open up a scholarship, but it does take one of the higher rated players on UNT’s board out of the picture. ESPN has Siddons ranked as a three-star prospect and No. 69 on its list of the top tackle prospects in the country. Rivals and Scout are not as high on Siddons, but he seemed like a good prospect when he committed to UNT.
Baylor and UT-San Antonio were also showing interest.
Siddons’ concern now is that the combination of being off the market for a while as a UNT commit and sitting out due to a concussion could limit his prospects this late in the process.
Siddons seemed like a great guy both times I talked to him. He could have thrown UNT under the bus when I asked him about the situation and didn’t.
You just have to hope it works out for him.