We are getting down to crunch time in the recruiting season. There are two weekends left until national signing day. A lot of schools are bringing in the best prospects left on their boards to fill the last two or three spots in their classes.
UNT is no different and will have one of the nation’s top linebackers in town in Sherman’s Kahlee Woods. Sherman head coach Gary Joe Kinne confirmed late this morning that Woods is set to take an official visit to the school beginning Friday.
Rivals.com has Woods rated No. 43 on its list of the best inside linebackers in the Class of 2013, while ESPN has him rated No. 21 at his position.
“He is an ideal linebacker as far as height, weight speed and athleticism,” Kinne said. “He is a good run defender, can run and defend the pass and is very durable. He has started 40 straight games and never missed a game or a practice.
“There is a lot of interest in him, but not as much as I feel he deserves. He visited a lot of places and a lot of people are coming in on him late.”
Woods has visited Colorado State and New Mexico.
The question is where he will visit after seeing UNT this weekend. Texas Tech, which is a bit behind after changing coaches, is trying to get Woods to visit next weekend. Central Florida and Memphis are also trying to get Woods in on the last weekend before national signing day.
One advantage UNT has is that Woods’ old teammate Zac Whitfield is a starter in the Mean Green’s secondary.
UNT has two spots left and a few top prospects still out there. Cornerback Jermaine Antoine has visited UNT and is set to go to TCU this weekend.
UNT also had former Utah commit D.J. Dean in last weekend.
The problem is that Arkansas has now become involved and will have Dean in this weekend. I called Dean this week to see where things stand. I have not heard back from him, but he did talk to Danny West at HawgSports.com., the Rivals.com site that covers Arkansas.
“[Arkansas defensive coordinator Chris Ash] came to see me tonight and at the end of the meeting he said he’s giving me an offer,” Dean told West. “That was the biggest smile on my face in a long, long time. I’m coming up there this Friday.
“I might commit, I just might commit. That’s the best competition in college football in the last seven years and that’s where the championships come from. I like playing against the best that I can compete against. I’m real big on competition.
“There’s a high chance that I’ll commit, I ain’t even going to lie to you, man. It’s big-time football.”
Dean backed out of his commitment to Utah largely because the school is so far away from home.
Newton, where Dean is from, is about two hours closer to Denton than it is to Fayetteville. That might play in UNT’s favor. The difference between the SEC and Conference USA (and who knows what the lineup might look like by the time Dean is on the field) might end up being the big obstacle for UNT to climb.