Hopefully, this is the early version of tonight’s notes. I still have calls out to a couple of people I am hoping to hear back from, but at this point it looks like UNT has landed commitments from two players.
Trinity Valley center Shawn McKinney and Hahnville (La.) linebacker Sergio Medina both committed after weekend visits.
I have a call out to Medina and hope to hear back from some time in the next hour or so and am also trying to track McKinney down.
McKinney was also offered a scholarship by Central Arkansas and Grambling and appears to be a player UNT could plug in and play right away at center with Aaron Fortenberry — the only first-team All-Sun Belt selection UNT had last year — graduating. Boone Feldt was expected to jump into that role after signing last year, when he was arguably UNT’s best recruit.
The problem is Feldt had some pretty bad medical history and was sent home for a while this fall to consult with his doctors.
McKinney could step in and fill that spot if Felt isn’t ready to go.
Medina was the MVP of District 8-5A in Louisiana and projects as a linebacker. There were a few Sun Belt Conference schools and a couple of FCS schools that were also interested in Medina.
“He’s very fast and strong,” Hannahville head coach Lou Valden said earlier this week.
Medina looks like a player UNT will be able to bring in and develop.
I did talk with Snow College offensive lineman Justin Manu, who was on his official visit to Florida Atlantic when I caught up with him this afternoon.
Manu is still waiting on final word if UNLV will bring him in on a visit later this week. Utah is also still in the picture.
It could come down to whether or not Utah and UNLV offer. If not, it will come down to a battle between two Sun Belt schools on their way to Conference USA.
“I liked everything about North Texas,” Manu said. “That was my first visit. It was a humbling experience. I am looking forward to seeing what Florida Atlantic has to offer.”
UNT had several other guys in on visits on banquet weekend, including Trinity Valley defensive end Kewan Alfred, who might be one of the more important prospects still on the board for UNT.
UNT lost one of its best defensive players in defensive end K.C. Obi to graduation after last year. Alfred seems like a perfect replacement. Obi led UNT in sacks (5.5) and tackles for loss (10.5) last season. UNT has some young players who could step in, including Daryl Mason, but Alfred would be the type of player who could make an immediate impact.
Dan McCarney said since the end of last season that UNT needs more playmakers.
Having them early could be key next season with UNT playing three teams that will play in bowl games right off the bat in nonconference play next year.
Alfred has about a dozen scholarship offers and would be a huge get, if UNT can pull it off.