UNT announced the addition of Matthew Dash, a safety from Pierce College in Los Angeles on Tuesday, when coach Dan McCarney confirmed that former Ryan standout Jordan Richmond is no longer with the program.
Dash was a highly regarded player coming out of Pierce and had offers from New Mexico and Wyoming.
“Matthew is a big-hitter and will come in and provide us more competition at the safety position,” McCarney said in a prepared statement. “He’s a physical player and I want him to come in and compete for playing time in the secondary and on special teams.”
It’s an interesting move at a time UNT has numerous questions to answer and holes to fill on a defense that was one of the nation’s best a year ago.
UNT lost free safety Marcus Trice to graduation, but does return strong safety Lairamie Lee.
Coming out of spring practice Lee was listed as the starter at strong safety with highly regarded Louisville transfer Zed Evans backing him up. Converted cornerback Freddie Warner was the starter at free safety with Austin Peay transfer Sheldon Wade backing him up.
Warner has endured a host of injuries in his career.
Dash gives UNT another option and a player it can use on special teams.
UNT held on to a scholarship after signing day to add a player late. It’s something of a surprise that UNT used that spot on a safety, but it does appear as if UNT landed a quality player late.
As far as Richmond goes, it was clearly worth the gamble for UNT. The former Ryan Raider signed with Texas A&M out of high school, but never panned out at in College Station. He has been out of UNT’s program for some time. I hadn’t asked about the situation until today.
UNT has wanted to build a pipeline to the Denton schools for years, but hasn’t had much luck in terms of Denton kids moving back home after signing with other programs. Defensive lineman Dan Kottman, who signed with Dan Diego State out of Denton Guyer, is also no longer with the program.