UNT recruiting target series — Billy McCrary III

Billy McCrary is taking a hard look at his options when it comes to continuing his career on the college level.

The Leander Rouse standout has plenty of choices, thanks to athletic ability that could translate to playing on offense or defense on the college level, not to mention his performance in the classroom.

McCrary suffered through hamstring and thumb injuries as a junior last season, but showed enough potential to garner offers from UNT, Rice, SMU, UTSA and Texas State. The 5-foot-11, 193-pound athlete could play either slot receiver or safety in college.

McCrary also has a 3.97 core GPA and a scholarship offer from Harvard based largely on his academic abilities.

Those options have left McCray with a lot to consider and not a lot of time to finalize his decision, not if he wants to follow the plan he has laid out to commit sometime in June.

“I’m still looking around,” McCrary said. “I want to make sure that I will fit in and be happy at the school I sign with.”

UNT is an option McCrary is seriously considering. After initially setting his sights on majoring in engineering, McCray has turned his focus to earning a degree in business, largely because the juggling the class room obligations of majoring in engineering and playing football would be a lot to handle.

UNT could be a fit for McCrary for a number of reasons, including its business program.

UNT offensive coordinator Mike Canales is recruiting McCray as an athlete. The relationship McCray has built with Canales and the rest of the Mean Green’s staff is just one reason he is interested in UNT, which offered him a scholarship in November.

“North Texas is winning games, the school is close to home and I like the staff,” McCrary said. “Coach Canales is recruiting me. He’s a nice guy and is cool to talk to.”

McCray could soon decide if he will continue his career at UNT, which would open up the possibility that he could play for Canales in college as a receiver or face him in practice as a defensive back.

Mean Green blog recruiting series
QB Chris Riddle, University Christian, Jacksonville, Fla.
CB Nafees Lyon, Charlotte (N.C.) Mallard Creek
DL Carl Thompson, Guyer
OL Beau Hott, Plano
WR Akile Davis, DeSoto
ATH Jonathan Giles, Fort Bend Elkins
OL Clayton Woods, Highland Park
DL Keenan Kelly, Cedar Grove, Ga.

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