UNT is getting down to the bitter end when it comes to putting its 2014 recruiting class together.
The Mean Green picked up commitments from a pair of junior college players here in the last few days.
Official confirmation came today, although I was told that Greer can’t sign his national letter of intent until later this month. Well, he can sign it, but I don’t think UNT can turn it in to the NCAA until later.
LB Akii (AJ) Smith from NE Oklahoma A&M and QB Josh Greer from Navarro College both sign NLIs to become members of MG FB. #GoMeanGreen
— MeanGreenFootball (@MeanGreenFB) December 18, 2013
And that brings us to the million dollar question:
Where does UNT go from here?
The obvious answer is defensive line help. UNT is losing Aaron Bellazin and Brandon McCoy at defensive end and Richard Abbe and Ryan Boutwell at tackle to graduation.
For those of you scoring at home, that would be the entire starting lineup.
UNT has a few guys who play returning to help fill the void, including Alexander Lincoln and Daryl Mason, Austin Orr and Chad Polk.
JUCO transfer Quenton Brown should really help at defensive end next year, when he is fully recovered from a torn ACL.
I don’t think there is any doubt UNT needs help beyond those guys. And UNT knows it.
UNT might have to wait on any junior college guy it becomes involved with now, after the initial signing date for mid-term transfers until the fall.
That is something that has rarely worked out for UNT when it comes to finding immediate impact players.
It’s just something to watch.
I speaking of being on the watch. We are publishing our largest bowl section ever this year. I have been cranking on it for weeks.
I will be sure to mention it in the days leading up to when it comes out.