It’s the Sunday afternoon before national signing day and the pieces are starting to fall into place for UNT. Here is where things stand as of now:
– As we reported earlier, Elkhart running back Jeffery Wilson committed to UNT following his weekend visit. We will have more on him in tomorrow’s paper. He was one of the more productive small school backs in the state. I have mentioned that he could develop into more of a power back on the college level. I meant that as a comparison to Willy Ivery, who is a smaller, quicker guy in the class. The bottom line is that anyway one slices it, Wilson is a good get.
– UNT is waiting on a couple of key recruiting targets to make up their minds, none bigger than Cedar Hill defensive end Xavier Washington, who is due back in DFW after a visit to Northwestern. Washington is down to UNT, Houston and Northwestern. We know UNT would hand him a scholarship in a heartbeat, same with Houston. The question is if Northwestern will and what Washington will do once he has to make up his mind. We should find out more later tonight.
– There was some question about whether Longview Pine Tree athlete/quarterback Caleb Chumley would end up signing with UNT. We have gone back and forth over whether he would end up in the class or not. The reason why is there was a very good chance all along that Chumley would grayshirt — wait and enroll in December and count toward the 2015 class. That now looks like it will be the plan, which is a big win for UNT. Chumley is a guy who would have either been a bottom of the depth chart backup quarterback or a guy moving to a new position as a freshman at UNT. If he comes in at the semester break a little bigger, a little stronger and with a better idea of where he will fit in, that will help him significantly development wise.
– And finally, Chumley won’t be the only grayshirt in the class. DeSoto defensive linemen Johnavhan Graham and Shaq Jackson will both grayshirt. That has been the plan for some time and where UNT has come up with a few extra spots on top of the target number of scholarships we have been pointing to for weeks. Both Grahm and Jackson will have a chance to grow, make sure that they are set academically and then arrive at UNT at the semester break. UNT will then be able to use those scholarship spots to plug a few holes and bolster what is a really good class of playmakers coming in.