We are on the verge of signing day — status report

South Oak Cliff wide receiver Fonzale Davis, left, heads downfield past Carter defender Mygiesh Dennis last season at John Kincaide Stadium in Dallas. Davis is scheduled to sign with North Texas today. (The Dallas Morning News/Louis DeLuca)

We are now hours away from one of the biggest days of the year on the UNT yearly sports calendar.

Signing day is tomorrow.

So where does UNT stand?

Here’s a look:

Players committed
Jalen Adams, WR, Moore (Okla.) Southmoore
Fonzale Davis, WR, Dallas South Oak Cliff
Brandon Garner, LB, Mansfield Timberview
Tee Goree, WR, Carthage
Josh Greer, QB, Navarro College
Willy Ivery, RB, Sulphur Springs
Tillman Johnson, DE, Round Rock McNeil
Andrew Jones, CB, North Mesquite
Kishawn McClain, S, Rosenberg Terry
Conner Means, QB, Deer Park
Chris Miles, OL, Flower Mound
Jalen Montgomery, LB, Mesquite
Trevor Moore, K, Edmond (Okla.) North
O’Keeron Rutherford, WR, Carthage
A.J. Smith, LB, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M
T.J. Tauaalo, DT, Keller Central
Jeffery Wilson, RB, Elkhart

Gray shirt candidates
Caleb Chumley, ATH, Longview Pine Tree
Johnavhon Grahm, DT, DeSoto
Shaq Jackson, DT, DeSoto

We have said all along that UNT is going to sign in the neighborhood of 18 players.

UNT has put a series of former walk-ons on scholarship during the Dan McCarney era, which was the right thing to do with the way so many of them contributed. Guys like Kenny Buyers and Blake Macek played key roles for the Mean Green last season and deserve a scholarship. UNT also has a group of transfers, including Oregon transfer linebacker Anthony Wallace, who have to count in a class of 25 at some point.

Even though UNT is taking a smaller class, it has some good prospects ready to sign on the line. Tee Goree, Jeffery Wilson and Fonzale Davis are all good skill position players and playmakers. UNT needed a few in this class and landed several.

The key is to hold on to the guys who are set to sign, but there is a chance UNT could sign another guy, maybe two if things change — and they always could.

Remember, UNT was holding a spot for Cedar Hill defensive end Xavier Washington, who is now set to sign with Northwestern.

Who are some of the suspects at this point?

Bo Pullin from Victoria East could be a suspect.

History can also be our guide.

Every team in the country is trying to flip a guy or two at this point in the process. UNT tried to flip Port Arthur Memorial safety Darius Lemora last year only to see him stick with Washington State. UNT was also hoping Sherman linebacker Kahlee Woods would change his mind and sign with UNT instead of Texas Tech. Both ended up sticking with their original plan.

There are some flip candidates out there. We will have to see if any of them come through on signing day this year.

We are going to find out here pretty quickly what the final class will look like, and it looks pretty good so far.

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