UNT hosted four junior college players over the weekend, including two who could soon decide on a college destination.
Akii Smith, a linebacker from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M; Josh Greer, a quarterback who played at UAB and Navarro; Herbert Harris, a linebacker from Hinds (Miss.) Community College and Brandon Thorpe, a defensive end from Highland (Kan.) Community College were all on campus for official visits.
Of that quartet, Smith and Greer appear to be the closest to making a decision after visiting UNT.
Smith will pick between UNT and Texas State within the next day.
“The visit went well,” Smith said. “The hospitality was great. They treated us with care and generosity.
“I didn’t realize how hard the process would be until the last two weeks. These coaches really want me and have shown how much they value me.”
Smith was hosted by UNT defensive back David Busby.
“He was a guy with good character and someone I got along with,” Smith said. “We would be good teammates.”
Smith finished with 55 tackles this season and was an honorable mention All-Southwest Junior College Athletic Conference selection.
UNT is losing middle linebacker Zach Orr and outside linebacker Will Wright to graduation. UNT has Oregon transfer Anthony Wallace and some other younger players on the roster. Adding Smith would give UNT another option and a player with some experience.
We went over Greer’s history on the blog this week. He wants to transfer at mid-term and is seeing his stock rise pretty quickly.
Greer will have to wait to sign until right around Christmas, but he wants to make a decision pretty quickly.
He was supposed to sit down with his family to consider his options tonight. I have not heard back from him.
Harris is another option at linebacker. He led Hinds with 115 tackles last season.
Thorpe had 31 tackles and three sacks, but is not a mid-term transfer candidate. He would have to sign in February and would not join the team until the summer after graduating from junior college.
There are a lot of moving pieces, some of which should fall into place in the next day or so.