UNT cashed in its last remaining chip in the recruiting game (for the Class of 2014 any way) today when Dan McCarney announced that Matthew Dash has signed with the Mean Green.
I put a quick note up on the blog about the Pierce College standout earlier today.
The immediate reaction to the signing has been:
2. Is there something more to Lariamie Lee’s injury that kept him out of spring practice?
Unfortunately, I had already left McCarney’s office after taking to him for another story I am working on when the news came down.
I did make a call and looked a little closer at the depth chart.
What I can confirm is that no, Lee does not have the ebola virus, a leg that has fallen off or any other debilitating injury. He should be good to go in the fall.
Once one looks at UNT’s depth chart and what Dash can bring, the thinking here becomes a little more apparent.
Even with Lee back, UNT has a rather large void to fill with Marcus Trice having moved on — hopefully to the NFL.
UNT has two other good prospects at safety in Freddie Warner, who came out of spring as the projected starter at free safety, and Zed Evans, a Louisville transfer the coaching staff has been pretty high on all along. UNT also has Austin Peay transfer Sheldon Wade on the two-deep coming out of spring ball.
That’s a solid group, but Warner has a tough injury history. Evans and Wade are not exactly proven commodities either.
UNT didn’t exactly load up on defensive back prospects in its last class that included Kishawn McClain and pretty much no one else projected to play in the defensive backfield. Go back to 2013 and UNT still has John Schilleci and Chad Davis in the defensive backfield, but moved Andrew Tucker, a player who spent time at safety, back to running back. UNT’s other defensive back in the 2013 class is James Jones, who will be a senior in the fall and is coming off intestinal surgery.
I may be reading too much into this. We could be looking at the classic “Best Player Available” scenario, but it does look like UNT has filled a need with Dash.
He is a good prospect who at one time or another was sitting there with offers from Wyoming and New Mexico.
And who doesn’t like having a defensive back named Dash?
If he can compete for a starting job, give UNT another special teams player and a bit of an insurance policy (and that seems like a pretty reasonable assumption) UNT will have really helped itself.