UNT will host one of the top linebackers in the state this weekend in Sherman’s Kahlee Woods.
The 6-foot-0, 235-pound honorable mention all-state selection has already visited New Mexico and Colorado State and will visit Texas Tech on Feb. 1.
Woods plans to take all his visits and carefully consider his options before making a final decision, but enters his visit to UNT with a high opinion of the school and the direction of the program.
“I like everything that is going on at North Texas,” Woods said. “It’s booming right now. I played in their new stadium and felt what the atmosphere is like. We won that game. Maybe it’s a sign.”
Sherman played Rockwall Heath in the playoffs at Apogee Stadium last season, when Woods earned first-team all-district honors for the second straight year.
The proximity of Sherman to UNT and Woods friendship with UNT cornerback Zac Whitfield could give UNT an edge when it comes to its efforts to land Woods. Whitfield and Woods worked out together over the holiday break and played together at Sherman.
“[Zac] told me it’s a good opportunity,” Woods said. “I think it is as well. [UNT defensive coordinator John Skladany] has been recruiting me for quite a while.”
Whitfield said that while he has connections to UNT, he enjoyed his trips Colorado State and New Mexico. He is also looking forward to his trip to Texas Tech, which was scheduled late after Kliff Kingsbury took over as the Red Raiders head coach.
“I feel like that’s fair,” Woods said of taking each of his visits. “If they have interest in me, that is the least thing I can do.”
Sherman coach Gary Jo Kinne said that UNT’s chances to land Woods will hinge on how his visit unfolds.
“North Texas would be a good fit for Kahlee with Zac over there,” Kinne said. “We are very supportive of North Texas. If everything is equal, staying in Texas will be important. He likes Colorado State, but if he thinks he can find the same things close to home, that is probably what he will do.”
In other news, a UNT spokesman confirmed that DeVante Davis has left the school. He enrolled at Southeastern Louisiana.
It’s an odd end for Davis, who was a highly regarded defensive back, UNT’s coaches thought would develop into a key player for the Mean Green. He played as a freshman, posted 13 tackles and appeared as if he would have a chance to challenge for bigger role this year.
Losing Davis makes one look at UNT’s last class a little differently. He was rated No. 63 among safety prospects by ESPN in the Class of 2012.
And finally, I checked in with the Denton Police today. The theft case against Antoinne Jimmerson and Freddie Warner has yet to be filed. I don’t think it will become an issue. It will likely be filed and resolved sometime in the next few months. Dan McCarney said UNT has already reinstated both players, who will participate in spring practice.