We are about to head down the home stretch in football recruiting season, which pretty much amounts to life and death in college football. You either have the players or you don’t.
So where does UNT stand and what are the storylines to follow the next few weeks? Here’s the way I see it. Let’s start with what UNT has in terms of players who will count towards its class of 20. Here is the list:
QB (2) — Brock Berglund, Valor Christian (Colo.)*, Dajon Williams, Pflugerville Connally
CB (2) — Chad Davis, Fort Bend Bush; James Jones, Kilgore College
DE (1) — Quenton Brown, Eastern Arizona CC
LB (4) — Sed Ellis, Paris; Sergio Medina, Hahnville, La.; Calvin Minor, Lewisville; Fred Scott, Kennedale
OL (5) — Justin Manu, Snow College (Utah); Shawn McKinney, Trinity Valley JC; Cody Nelson, Keller; Harrison Sorge, Wichita Falls Rider; Dominic Walker, Fort Bend Austin
S (1) — John Schilleci, Guyer;
WR (2) — Darvin Kidsy, Fort Bend Elkins; Turner Smiley, Frisco Wakeland
* Transfer currently enrolled at UNT
Transfers who don’t count toward the 20 players in UNT’s class
S (1) — Zed Evans
That’s 17 players for 20 spots. Not a bad start for UNT. Chad Davis, a three-star cornerback with options was a huge get. Scout.com is also high on Sed Ellis and has him rated as a three-star player.
UNT needs immediate impact players.
The entire future of the program may rest on the shoulders of Brock Berglund, who is supposed to be the best thing since Scott Hall. UNT fans are putting a lot of pressure on him to be great.
Justin Manu is supposed to be great and a future difference-maker at right tackle. The idea is that Quenton Brown steps in and replaces K.C. Obi, which seems reasonable. Shawn McKinney could play right away at center because Boone Feldt likely isn’t ready. UNT is really hoping that Justin Jones starts and is immediately the best cornerback on campus.
That leaves UNT with three spots, likely for a defensive tackle – if it can convince one to come to Denton — and a few guys who fit into the BAA (Best Athlete Available) category.
Here are the top targets still on the board:
Charles Walker, DT, South Garland — Walker was leaning toward signing with UNT after visiting the school, but has seen his stock soar since qualifying academically. He is visiting Oklahoma this weekend. UNT’s chances seem to be falling the closer to signing day we get.
Jermaine Antoine — DB, Loreauville, La. — Antoine was leaning toward signing with UNT after visiting the school, but TCU has jumped into the picture. Antoine will visit TCU on the 25th. How that visit goes, and what TCU adds to its class in the next couple of weeks will determine UNT’s chances of landing him.
Claude George, — LB/DE, Lafayette, La. — We haven’t talked about George in a while, but he did visit UNT, left without committing and is supposed to visit Louisiana-Monroe this month. George was also pretty confident Louisiana-Lafayette would offer. UNT is recruiting George as a defensive end.
Darvin Kidsy — Kidsy’s stock has soared since he put together a solid senior season. He recently said that he is keeping his options open. UNT might have to watch out for TCU late in the process.