UNT had a couple of JUCO prospects on campus late this week as we roll toward the mid-term signing period.
Kilgore cornerback James Jones, who was a first-team SWJCAC selection and and honorable mention JUCO All-American, was in town along with Eastern Arizona JC defensive end Quenton Brown
Jones is from the Houston area and would bolster UNT’s depth and talent at cornerback, especially with Freddie Warner’s status in doubt after he torn his ACL twice in the last few months. UNT’s coaches have said all along that Warner is the team’s most talented defensive back.
Jones had a great year with 69 tackles and three interceptions.
Brown is an interesting story, one that is pretty typical of top-end junior college players.
The weak side end was a star coming out of Tucker in Liburn, Ga., and committed to Central Florida.
Brown was a redshirt freshman in 2010 and was on the roster in 2011 before landing at Eastern Arizona. Brown played in two games and posted five tackles last season, according to the NJCAA stats.
I will see if I can find out more about both guys in the next couple of days.
I have mentioned a couple of times that UNT is turning over every rock it can find looking for a replacement for KC Obi, who might be one of the more under-appreciated players defensive players UNT has had in a while. Obi was never a star, but if one looks back, his name comes up in the UNT career leaders list in a few places. He led UNT in sacks with 5.5 and tackles for loss with 10.5 last season.
UNT has a starter in Brandon McCoy and a key backup Aaron Bellazin coming back, but Dan McCarney has talked a lot about improving the depth and competition on the roster. Brown would certainly help the Mean Green reach that goal.