Wednesday evening football notes — former top recruit hangs it up

Boone Feldt, one of UNT’s top recruits from its 2012 recruiting class, has given up football due to lingering shoulder and neck injuries.

Head coach Dan McCarney confirmed today that Feldt decided to give up football during the off-season.

The move is not a surprise and is something I had been meaning to ask McCarney about. I had the chance today when I ran into him while working on our football preview magazine.

The last time McCarney talked to Feldt, he was trying to decide whether to stay at UNT and continue going to school or transferring to Texas Tech, which also has the program he is majoring in.

Feldt came to UNT with a host of neck and shoulder problems and was sent home to see his doctors shortly after he arrived. He had surgery and returned to school.

It just never worked out for Feldt, who was a three-star recruit and the 17th-ranked center in the Class of 2012, according to

Walk-on Kaydon Kirby and JUCO transfer Shawn McKinney are battling for the starting job at center heading into fall workouts.

Losing Feldt isn’t a terrible turn of events for UNT. It hasn’t looked like he would turn into an impact player for some time. What does hurt for UNT is seeing one of the more highly regarded players it has signed in some time not work out.

The reason I was over at UNT was to talk to Derek Thompson. He is down to 218 pounds from 230 last year and is feeling a lot quicker. I wouldn’t discount the possibility that Thompson makes a jump this year in terms of his performance. The guy has been through a lot, from a broken leg to being passed over by other players to being one of the more highly criticized players UNT has had in some time, which kind of goes with the territory as a quarterback. He just keeps on plugging away.

And finally, I mentioned that McKinney wide receiver T.V. Williams was going to announce his college destination after revealing his finalists on Twitter yesterday. It was an interesting case study on the change in the world of college football. He ended up committing to Kentucky.

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