Quenton Brown, a former Central Florida signee who spent last season playing for Eastern Arizona Community College, has signed with UNT.
Brown confirmed Wednesday afternoon that he orally committed to UNT on Monday and signed his national letter of intent at 7 a.m. this morning.
Brown will have two years of eligibility remaining at UNT. He is a mid-term transfer and will participate in spring practice.
Brown played for UNT defensive coordinator John Skladany at Central Florida and was recruited by UNT offensive coordinator Mike Canales.
Brown said that several FBS schools offered him a scholarship before he narrowed his choices to UNT and Hawaii.
“The environment, the conference, the coaching staff were all part of my decision,” Brown said. “I know coach Skadany from Central Florida and coach Canales recruited me.”
UNT recruited Brown to move into the defensive end spot that K.C. Obi played as a senior last season when he led the Mean Green in sacks (5.5) and tackles for loss (10.5).
UNT has its starting end on the strong side returning in Brandon McCoy, not to mention a productive backup in Aaron Bellazin.
The Mean Green’s staff emphasized to Brown that they needed another playmaker in its front seven, one who could replace Obi’s production or even improve on it. Brown appears to be the player UNT landed to fill that role.
Brown was a standout high school player at Tucker (Ga.) High and signed with UCF, but never played a major role at the school and left after a disagreement with head coach George O’Leary. Brown’s plans all along were to pick up his junior college degree, return to the FBS level at another school and complete his career.
UNT will be that place.