UNT is in the hunt for — and is currently hosting — a junior college quarterback whose stock appears to be rising quickly.
Josh Greer, a former Arlington standout who signed with UAB out of high school before spending a year at Navarro College, is on his official visit to UNT, his father, Carl Greer, confirmed Friday afternoon.
We mentioned Greer briefly on the blog a few days ago when we ran through UNT’s quarterback situation.
Carl Greer said that his son has visited Florida International. He cancelled a visit to Georgia State.
There are a host of teams that are trying to get into the race at this point. Pitt has offered and a few other schools are trying to get involved. Carl Greer declined to identify them, but did say that there is a Big 12 school that has shown a lot of interest recently.
The issue for Greer is that he wants to transfer and enroll at the semester break. He has three years of eligibility remaining. We go through Greer’s past in the blog I linked above, but the short story — which will suffice at this point — is that he started out at UAB, didn’t like the situation, went to Navarro and really played well.
The issue for Greer, who is 6-foot-5 and 220 pounds, is that he is running out of time if he wants to transfer at semester. Carl Greer said his son really likes UNT. In a side note, Greer can’t sign until Dec. 21 because he cannot sign with another Football Bowl Subdivision school until he has been gone from his last FBS stop — UAB — for a year.
Timing and offensive coordinator Mike Canales could give UNT an edge in the race to sign Greer.
“He would like to put it to bed,” Carl Greer said. “He loves coach Canales. They hit it off back when he was in high school. They recruited him hard.”
UNT didn’t put a scholarship offer on the table in time and lost Greer to UAB.
Carl Greer said the family will sit down on Sunday, pull out a notebook and run through the options before them. Distance doesn’t appear as if it will be a big factor, but it could play in UNT’s favor.
“It’s a matter of fit and the coaches having confidence in him,” Carl Greer said.
Carl Greer said that UNT’s coaches followed his son late in the season. He played at Navarro before breaking his collarbone. He missed six weeks before coming back to throw for 254 yards and two touchdowns in the SWJCFC championship game.
He then helped lead Navarro past Hinds (Miss.) in the Brazos Valley Bowl.
Greer put up good numbers at Navarro, throwing for 952 yards and seven touchdowns in five games.
One way or another, UNT is going to have to find a quarterback to replace Derek Thompson next season. UNT has highly regarded freshman Dajon Williams and Kansas transfer Brock Berglund, not to mention career backup Andrew McNulty on the roster already. UNT also has a commitment from Connor Means.
It looks like UNT is making a serious run at Greer as well. Even though he has three years to play, Greer fits the profile of a plug-and-play guy. He has experience, talent and less than four years left to play. Greer isn’t transferring somewhere he is expected to sit.
Considering UNT also has very few spots left to give, taking Greer would be an indication that this team wants another quarterback option pretty badly.
We should find out by Sunday, but it looks like UNT could soon have another quarterback in the race for the starting job. If that’s the case, Greer will enter that race with pretty good odds of being the Mean Green’s starter next fall.