UNT knew that it would develop some new rivalries when it moved to Conference USA last summer. There would be new programs to battle with on the field — not to mention on the recruiting trail.
Louisiana Tech was at the top of that list. How the recruiting process is playing out for Whitehouse cornerback Nate Brooks is the latest example of why.
A few schools are recruiting Brooks, but UNT and Louisiana Tech have both offered the 5-foot-11, 160-pound defensive back and appear to be set up for a head-to-head battle.
“I went to a game at Louisiana Tech and visited North Texas a couple of times,” Brooks said. “There are a couple of other schools that might pop up, but those are the main two schools I’m considering.”
UNT offered Brooks a scholarship when he attended the Mean Green’s satellite camp in Tyler last summer. Former UNT safeties coach Noah Joseph was in charge of Brooks recruitment before he left for Indiana. UNT special teams coordinator and running backs coach Tommy Perry has since taken over.
Brooks has yet to meet new UNT cornerbacks coach LaMarcus Hicks.
“I want to meet him and get to know him a little bit,” Brooks said of Hicks. “I haven’t talked to him yet, but I have talked to coach Perry a couple of times.”
Brooks was a first-team All-District 16-4A selection last season when he was also an honorable mention all-state pick at safety. Here is a link to his Huddle highlights.
Brooks projects as a cornerback on the college level and has experience at the position.
“I played corner my sophomore year and started at corner last year,” Brooks said. “I had to move last year because of injuries. I will play both spots this year.”
Brooks knows that he will have to add good weight to his 150-pound frame to compete at the college level. He is consistently in the weight room, but has struggled to add pounds.
Brooks said he has talked to UNT strength coach Frank Wintrich about working on improving his frame at the college level.
“I’m going to have to put on some weight,” Brooks said. “I have talked to their strength and conditioning coach. They said that they can help me put on some weight and work some miracles.”
Brooks said he plans on committing either before the beginning of the high school season or after it is over. The idea of playing at UNT and moving closer to Dallas is an appealing one for Brooks, but he also likes what he sees at La. Tech.
“I have to visit both schools a couple of more times and talk to the coaches,” Brooks said. “I want to be sure when I commit.”
Mean Green blog recruiting series
ATH Billy McCrary, Leander Rouse
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.