Where UNT stands heading into the weekend recruiting wise

Cedar Hill defensive end Xavier Washington (50) will visit North Texas this weekend. He is one of UNT's top remaining recruiting targets. (Denton Record-Chronicle/David Minton)

UNT will host a group of key recruits this weekend as we count down the days toward national signing day.

First off, let’s talk about UNT’s scholarship situation. The number of spots UNT has left has been a bit of a moving target with players committing and decommitting. With Garrett Davis backing out to sign with Houston and defensive lineman T.J. Tauaalo committing, UNT now has two spots left.

I was under the impression that UNT was down to one. Like I said, moving target.

UNT will host the following players this weekend:

Players who have already committed:

Brandon Garner, linebacker, Mansfield Timberview
Willy Ivery, running back, Sulphur Springs
Kishawn McClain, slot receiver, Rosenberg Terry
O’Keeron Rutherford, wide receiver, Carthage
T.J. Tauaalo, defensive tackle, Keller Central

Players UNT is still chasing:

Xavier Washington, defensive end, Cedar Hill
Caleb Chumley, Longview Pine Tree

We have talked extensively about Washington over the last few weeks. He’s a standout player at a need position. He plays for Cedar Hill, a school that UNT has had a relationship with in the past and wants to recruit extensively in the future.

Washington visited Houston last weekend and will pick from the Cougars and the Mean Green.

It never hurts to have the last visit with a player and UNT will have a chance to play the “Mom Card” that can often be a big weapon in spots like this. Some kids just don’t want to go too far away from home. That was the case with Tauaalo.

It sounds like Houston did a good job when Washington visited, though.

That is one that could go either way.

As far as Chumley goes, he’s a high-end talent who had several offers from major conference schools at one point or another. Missouri, Kansas and Oregon State all offered.

The question is where he plays on the college level. He might best fit in at tight end, and UNT uses tight ends extensively in its offense.

Landing Chumley would make UNT’s class look even better on paper on national signing day.

Stay tuned. We will see how it all plays out in the next few days.

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