Thursday afternoon recruiting notes

I spent some time today working the phones and have come up with at least a working list of a few of the players coming in on official visits this weekend and picked up some information on a few of the guys in play for UNT at this point.

One new name out there is Sergio Medina, a linebacker/running back from Hannahville in Louisiana. Hannahville head coach Lou Valdin confirmed that Medina is coming to UNT this weekend. He’s 5-10, 215, and is being recruited by several Sun Belt-level schools. He was the Offensive MVP of District 8-5A last season.

“He’s very fast and very strong,” Valdin said. “He runs a 4.5 and is 215 pounds.”

Valdin believes Medina could play either running back or linebacker in college, but UNT seems to be interested in him as a linebacker.

Trinity Valley offensive lineman Shawn McKinney posted on his Twitter account that he is coming on a visit to UNT this weekend and is thinking about committing.

I later confirmed that McKinney will visit with Trinity Valley head coach Brad Smiley.

UNT is trying to make it a package deal.

Trinity Valley defensive end Kewan Alfred will also be in town this weekend. Alfred has about a dozen scholarship offers, is a three-star prospect and would be a huge get for UNT, which could really use some help up front defensively.

And speaking of defensive linemen, I finally got South Garland defensive tackle Charles Walker on the phone. He has already visited UNT and is headed to Houston this weekend.

Walker was a heavy UNT lean coming out of his official visit and nothing has changed at this point.

“They are my favorite school at this point,” Walker said of UNT. “I like the school and the people. I’m comfortable there and it’s close to home.

“They are talking about me playing right away at tackle or end.”

UNT will also have some of the players who have already committed on campus.

This is football banquet weekend. This year’s festivities are on Friday night. UNT typically brings in its top prospects for the banquet. I would imagine we will see some movement by Sunday night.

UNT is looking for playmakers in this class on both sides of the ball. The Mean Green appears to have at least one in wide receiver Darvin Kidsy, a player UNT will have to do some work to hang on to. He is also going to be in town this weekend.

Landing Walker — which looks pretty promising — and Alfred would make a key class for UNT look a whole lot better. UNT is going to have to improve its talent level as it heads into Conference USA. UNT could make the case that it is doing just that by landing Walker, Alfred and Kidsy, not to mention quarterback Brock Berglund, who is already on campus and counts in this class.

UNT has a solid QB in Derek Thompson, but the hope is Berglund will be a program-changer.