College programs often develop connections to certain towns and even high school programs that become go-to sources for players.
More and more, it appears as if Flower Mound is becoming that type of destination for UNT. What makes that connection all the more interesting is that UNT is recruiting player after player from the city who project as offensive linemen on the college level.
UNT landed its starting center Kaydon Kirby from Flower Mound, signed Chris Miles from the same school in its last recruiting class and signed tackle Ryan Rentfro from Flower Mound Marcus, Flower Mound’s crosstown rival.
Now, UNT is after Evan Curl, Miles former Flower Mound teammate who will be a senior in the fall.
“I’m really familiar with North Texas because one of my friends Chris Miles is going there,” Curl said. “I played with Chris last year. We went to elementary and high school together.
“We have played with each other for so long. We trained and did everything together. Chris really enjoys it at North Texas and likes the coaches there.”
That familiarity is one of the reasons UNT is in a good position with Curl, a 6-foot-5, 280-pound standout lineman who was a second-team All-District 5-5A selection last season.
Navy, Toledo and Texas State have also offered Curl a scholarship. UNT offensive coordinator Mike Canales is recruiting Curl, who played the tackle spot opposite Miles last season.
Curl has a 3.75 GPA and has the rare combination of athletic talent and academic prowess that makes him a fit for a military academy.
The opportunity to go to a service academy is something Curl hasn’t ruled out as he considers a very specific set of factors he has laid out that will help him settle on the next stop in his football career.
“The biggest thing I am looking for is the competition,” Curl said of the opposing teams he will face on the college level. “I would like to play in the South, but I will make an exception for Navy.
“I am looking for the best mix and the best fit. I want to see myself going to the school. You are going to be spending a lot of time on the campus outside of football.”
Curl has liked what he has seen from UNT so far. The Mean Green offered Curl back in March after he attended the school’s junior day.
Curl could be particularly well prepared for competing on the college level after playing in District 5-5A, a loaded league that last season included Coppell, Hebron and Denton Ryan. Coppell defensive end Solomon Thomas was rated among the top 100 high school prospects in the country last season and signed with Stanford.
Curl faced Thomas a few times when the teams played last season, although Coppell lined Thomas up over Flower Mound’s center to get a more favorable matchup as opposed to having him face Curl or Miles.
While he didn’t face Thomas often, Curl said he learned from the experience.
Curl plans to capitalize on that experience on the college level and expects to make a decision on where he will continue his career in the next few months.
“After spring ball I am going to start narrowing down the list,” Curl said. “I want to make a decision during the summer or early in the football season.”
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CB Nafees Lyon, Charlotte (N.C.) Mallard Creek
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