Defensive end target to visit UNT next week, recruiting notes

Tillman Johnson, a defensive end from Round Rock McNeil, will visit UNT next weekend and will soon decide between two finalists for his commitment — UNT and Texas State.

Johnson, 6-2, 241, committed to Texas State over the summer. UNT offensive coordinator Mike Canales is recruiting Johnson, who was a first-team All-District 16-5A selection as a senior in addition to being an academic all-district pick.

Johnson will visit UNT next weekend and then will visit Texas State on Jan. 24.

“That will be the deciding factor,” Johnson said of his two visits.

UNT has one — possibly two spots — left in its 2014 recruiting class and appears to be looking to fill that spot with a high school defensive end. Cedar Hill defensive end Xavier Washington is also still in play. Washington confirmed in a text message this week that he is still considering UNT and is seeing his stock rise quickly. He would be a great get for UNT, but the competition for his services seems to be on the rise.

Johnson said there are aspects of the programs at both UNT and Texas State that he likes. New Mexico State also offered and Maryland showed interest before Johnson cut his list of potential destinations to UNT and Texas State.

“I like that North Texas really turned its season around and won its bowl game,” Johnson said. “I like the facilities and the coaches at Texas State.”

UNT knocked off UNLV in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.

Texas State is closer to home for Johnson, but he said that will not be a major factor in his decision.

Johnson first caught the attention of UNT’s coaches at a summer satellite camp at Cedar Ridge. UNT offered Johnson a scholarship a short time later and hosted him on an unofficial visit in August.

Johnson plans to make a final decision after visiting both UNT and Texas State.

“I want to make sure I’m comfortable where I’m at,” Johnson said.

Johnson isn’t the only player considering continuing his career at UNT. Word is former Guyer linebacker Cody Marley, who has spent the last several years at Kansas State, could also be considering transferring to UNT.

Marley was a junior at Kansas State last year.

Marley has grayshirted, redshirted and not really seen much time at all with the Wildcats.

There is a long way to go to see if Marley and UNT are a match. It’s more in the interest stage, but it is something to watch.

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