Editor’s note -- Since we launched the Mean Green Blog several years ago, we have put an emphasis on covering recruiting when we get the chance. In the past, we have written several posts that we later turned into stories that appeared in the paper on recruits who have committed to UNT. What we haven’t done — until now — is write a lot about prospects UNT is pursuing. I will make an effort to get more material on the blog on prospects going forward. We have already written a about a few UNT targets. Today, we continue the series after talking with Plano offensive lineman Beau Hott.
North Texas head coach Dan McCarney made quite an impression on Plano offensive lineman Beau Hott during one of the Mean Green’s workouts this spring.
Hott, a 6-foot-3, 280-pound lineman, has been a regular at practice throughout the spring and has been in contact with special teams coach Tommy Perry for months. Hott knew that McCarney knew who he was.
What blew Hott away was just how much McCarney knew about his family.
Hott and his father had yet to put name tags on that recruits and their parents typically wear at practice recently when McCarney walked up to say hello.
McCarney knew Hott’s father’s name even though they were meeting for the first time.
“It really means a lot to me that he takes the time to talk with me at practice and that he knew my dad’s name before they had ever met,” Hott said. “He knew who I was and who my dad was even before we put our name tags on.”
The encounter was just the latest indication to Hott that he is a priority for UNT in the 2015 recruiting class.
UNT offered Hott a scholarship in February in the days following a junior day event at the school. Hott was a second-team all-district selection as a junior and an honorable mention pick as a sophomore in one of the most competitive districts in the state.
Arkansas State is recruiting Hott heavily. Louisiana Tech, SMU and UTSA are among the other schools that are showing interest.
“Beau could be a great center in college, but could also play a lot of other positions,” Plano coach Jaydon McCullough said. “He’s smart and has Ivy League level grades. So much is done now on the field in terms of adjustments with centers. He’s the kind of player who can handle it.”
Some recruiting websites list Hott as a center, but he said he could end up playing multiple positions in college depending on the way he develops.
Hott said he can see himself playing for the Mean Green after spending so much time with the team this spring.
“I have become really familiar with the offensive coaches,” Hott said. “Coach Perry is recruiting me, but I have also gotten to know [offensive line coach Mike] Simmonds pretty well and have met [offensive coordinator Mike] Canales. Coach McCarney has talked to me every time I have been at practice.”
Hott has already established a time window in which he would like to commit that will start after Plano’s spring practices and will end in the third week of the season. His preference is to make a decision in July or early August.
The more Hott has learned about UNT, the better he has felt about the situation. The impression McCarney made when he knew Hott’s father’s name made him feel even more comfortable with the idea of playing for the Mean Green.
“I like UNT a lot,” Hott said. “What coach McCarney is doing is awesome.”