Tuesday morning notes, links (first day of pads, Texas hoops talent leaving the state)

Today is the first day for the UNT football team to work out in pads. It’s a key step in the process of getting ready for a new season.

And now that basketball season is over (at least for UNT) I will have a chance to be out there to do a little blogging, grab a story and maybe a video interview/highlights of drills.

I have been out there once so far and should be able to get a better handle on how things are going after seeing a second workout.

My impression from the first day I was out there is that Dajon Williams might have an early edge in the quarterback race. The rumblings around the program seem to support that notion.

We are also in the key run-up time to the late signing period in men’s basketball. The JUCO national tournament is going on in Hutchinson, Kan., or Hutch as it is known in college basketball.

I bring it up because Barry Horn wrote an interesting piece in the Morning News about how the top talent in Texas is leaving the state. There is a nifty graphic on the DMN website today that has an interactive list of the top players in the state and where they ended up.

Tony Mitchell is listed in the 2010 class.

Other names of interest (either because they signed with key UNT Metroplex rivals or for other obvious reasons): Emmanuel Mudia, SMU; Keith Frazier, SMU; J’Mison Morgan, UCLA (son of UNT letterman Ronnie Morgan), Roderick Flemings, Oklahoma State (transferred to UNT and spent a short time at the school), Jordan Mickey, LSU (signed with former UNT coach Johnny Jones).

And finally, notable former Texas high school coach and UNT grad Kirk Drew has died at 84.

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