Arguably one of the two or three biggest days of the UNT sports calendar is upon us.
Yep, it’s signing day, when college football teams are built. Don’t kid yourselves, kids.
There’s a reason they say “It’s not the Xs and the Os. It’s the Jimmys and the Joes.” It’s because it’s largely true.
So where does UNT stand in terms of landing some Jimmys and Joes today?
UNT is in position to really help itself by addressing some key holes and issues.
More and more, it’s looking like UNT’s class is going to look pretty much like we said it would all along. One of the late flips UNT was hoping to pull off fell through. Does that open a spot in the class for Caleb Chumley, who appeared headed for a grayshirt? Maybe.
There might be a surprise out there, but I don’t think it’s going to be more than maybe one player we didn’t see coming.
Even with that being the case, UNT looks like it is going to address some key needs and sign a pretty good class that will be smaller than usual.
– UNT really needed an insurance policy at quarterback in case sophomore (for now at least) Dajon Williams isn’t ready to step in for largely under appreciated starter Derek Thompson. Ya know, the guy everyone wanted to get rid of last year who ended up being the MVP of the Heart of Dallas Bowl. Josh Greer transferred from Navarro at the semester break and will be listed on UNT’s signees list.
– Thompson wasn’t the only key offensive player UNT lost after last season. UNT also saw running back Brandin Byrd and wide receivers Brelan Chancellor and Darnell Smith depart stage left after the bowl game. UNT really needed to reload and will today with a group of skill position players headlined by Tee Goree, a wide receiver from Carthage UNT sees as a potential replacement for Chancellor.
– UNT will land some highly regarded players today, including Goree and athlete Caleb Chumley, who are both on state top 100 lists. There are also a host of other three-star players in UNT’s class. That means this year the narrative will be that recruiting rankings matter. Whether they matter or not changes from year to year and sport to sport depending on the what people want to portray about UNT and how its athletic program is performing. Those rankings mattered when Tony Mitchell transferred to UNT, when Top 150 player Jordan Williams signed with UNT and when Roderick Flemings showed up in basketball. They mattered when Jamario Thomas signed with UNT. They didn’t matter when UNT signed some absolute stickers of classes on the football front a few years ago. Coaches never think they matter and shouldn’t, but mark my words. Rankings will be back in vogue this year.