Football prospect cancels visit to UNT

Blinn College safety Demetrius Woodard has eliminated UNT from the list of schools at which he is considering continuing his career and will not make an official visit to Denton this weekend.

Woodard confirmed via text message early Friday morning that he will not visit UNT. The Mean Green’s coaches tried to talk Woodard into taking the visit after he called to cancel, but they were unable to convince him to make the trip.

Woodard has already visited Marshall and has scheduled visits to Texas State and New Mexico. Safeties coach Noah Joseph was recruiting Woodard, who was a first-team All-SWJCAC selection last season.

Woodard said UNT wanted him to come in and compete for the starting job at free safety, a position filled by Marcus Trice last season.

Woodard will transfer to an FBS school at the semester break and will decide on a destination in the next few days.

UNT did not begin recruiting Woodard until late in the process.

UNT head coach Dan McCarney said that the team’s staff would like to add a few JUCO transfers at key positions on both sides of the ball to add playmaking ability to both the Mean Green’s offense and defense.

Woodard appeared as if he would fit that mold.

McCarney called this weekend an important one in recruiting. Even with Woodard out of UNT’s plans, the Mean Green will have several other key prospects in town.

Defensive end/outside linebacker Claude George of Acadiana High in Lafayette, La., said late this week that he will visit UNT this weekend. Jermaine Antoine, a 5-10 athlete from Loreauville, La., UNT is recruiting as a cornerback and return man is also expected to visit this weekend as is offensive lineman Cody Nelson of Keller. Nelson committed to UNT earlier this year.

Antoine has more than a half a dozen scholarship offers and is rated No. 46 on Rivals.com’s rankings of players who are being recruited as athletes nationally. He is one of UNT’s top-rated remaining targets.