Thoughts on UNT’s signing class

North Texas coach Dan McCarney gestures during the Mean Green's signing day press conference this week. UNT signed what looks like one of its better classes in recent years when it comes to landing high-end prospects. (Denton Record-Chronicle/David Minton)

It was a long, failed day at the airport. After being booked on three flights to Houston, I’m back in Denton. Very few people got out of Dallas on a plane today, least of all to Houston.

I wasn’t one of them.

Long story short, I won’t be blogging live from tonight’s UNT-Rice game.

But that does give us a little time to go back and talk about how UNT fared with its signing class.

My feelings on this are well known. I put a lot of stock in the rankings, for individual players and especially for overall classes.

The hit-miss percentage on higher-rated recruits is much better than it is on guys who fly in under the radar. For every player people point to who overachieved, there are three who pretty much hit the target.

I was listen to the radio the other day while driving around town and Colin Cowherd was making the same point.

Yes, I listen to Cowherd.

So what does that tell us about UNT’s class?

It indicates UNT did a better job this year than it has in a long time.

Carthage wide receiver Tee Goree was a steal and a three-star recruit.
So was South Oak Cliff wide receiver Fonzale Davis, Sulphur Springs running back Willy Ivery and Mansfield Timberview linebacker Brandon Garner.

And that’s just for starters.

UNT needed to improve its performance in recruiting as it makes the transition to Conference USA and did just that.

Not all the recruits have been counted in yet, but UNT is ranked near the bottom of most of the C-USA recruiting rankings, partly because it spent a few scholarships — and justifiably so — on putting a few walk-ons like Kenny Buyers on scholarship.

UNT checked in at No. 9 on 247 sports.com, No. 12 on Rivals.com and No. 12 on Scout.com.

Did UNT fare better than that? Oh, heck yeah. Oregon transfer Anthony Wallace didn’t count in the class and he is a vital addition considering he seems like a likely candidate to take Zach Orr’s place. Buyers counted and he was among the better cornerbacks in the conference last year after walking on.

With that being said, the bottom line is the hit-miss percentage is higher on top-end kids and top end classes. UNT’s rivals landed several of them.

UNT is starting to land those higher-rated players that will pan out at a higher rate down the line. The more classes of those types of players UNT can sign, the better the future is going to be.

UNT has a good Xs and Os coaching staff now, one that played a key role in a remarkable season last year. Give those guys a few more Jimmys and Joes of the highest quality like the handful UNT signed this week and things could get really interesting at UNT.

The fact UNT got a few this year was the story of signing day.

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