Monday afternoon notes and thoughts on recruiting, et cetera

I made some calls and sent some text messages today to see if anything moved on the recruiting front.

It’s pretty quiet at this point.

I did hear back from Louisiana linebacker Sergio Medina. Seemed like a good guy, which I will get to in a minute, but first …

Trinity Valley defensive end Kewan Alfred never got back to me. When I talked to his teammate Shawn McKinney this weekend, he has not made a decision yet. The same was true for Utah offensive lineman Justin Manu, who was at Florida Atlantic over the weekend.

UNT still has a shot with both, but a school’s chances go down when player walks away without committing.

It looks like UNT is going to have to wait it out to see what a few of its top targets decide to do. It’s been a tough few years for UNT. It shouldn’t come as a big surprise.

The mid-term signing period begins on the 19th.

As far as Medina goes, UNT recruited him as an outside linebacker. He will play the same position in UNT’s defense as Derek Akunne, who hosted him. I said last night that Medina is 5-10 based on the listing I saw for him. He said he is now 6-0.

UNT was the first school to offer Medina, who was recruited by Justin Gaines. Louisiana-Lafayette, Tulane, McNeese State, Stephen F. Austin and Southeastern Louisiana were all showing interest.

Medina jumped on the offer from UNT the first chance he had.

As I mentioned last night, Medina was the District 8-5A MVP. He moved from linebacker to running back after his team started 0-4 and rushed for 1,146 yards in seven games.

Medina just felt at home at UNT.

The interesting aspect of the story was how he first came in contact with UNT. One of his teammates was coming to UNT for one of the Mean Green’s summer camps. Medina caught a ride over and caught the attention of UNT’s coaches. Medina didn’t seem to think he was on UNT’s radar up until that point.

In side note, Blinn safety Demetrius Woodard, who canceled a visit to UNT, ended up committing to Texas State.

And in other news, Western Kentucky hired Bobby Petrino today. Here’s Chad Bishop’s story/coverage

It’s a great hire for WKU, which is spending a $850,000 annually to bring Petrino in.

That’s a ton of money for a Sun Belt school. UNT is paying Dan McCarney $545,000.

It just makes one wonder if WKU won’t soon be joining the Belt Bolters. It’s hard to imagine WKU being able to cover that type of contract without making the jump to another league.