UNT joined the race to land Killeen Shoemaker linebacker Diamon Cannon about two weeks ago.
The Mean Green has plenty of company when it comes to schools pursuing the 6-foot-2, 210-pound all-around athlete.
Texas State, Nevada, Navy, Northern Illinois and Tennessee State have also offered Cannon, many of them in the last two weeks.
“It has picked up a lot,” Cannon said of his recruiting process. “A lot of coaches came by to see me in spring practice.”
The scholarship offers came a short time later because of Cannon’s versatility. He has played everything from safety to inside linebacker and was an All-District 8-5A selection at outside linebacker last season.
Most schools are recruiting Cannon as an outside linebacker, including UNT, a school Cannon finds particularly intriguing.
“Getting an offer from North Texas was exciting for me,” Cannon said. “It was good to get an offer from a Texas school, and North Texas has a good program.”
Cannon said that he is looking forward to learning more about UNT, but will explore his options, including heading out of state for college.
Cannon is on the academic honor role at Shoemaker. UNT offensive coordinator Mike Canales is recruiting Cannon, who has not set out a plan for how he will handle his recruitment.
“I don’t know at this point when I will decide,” Cannon said. “I’m taking it all in.”
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