UNT recruiting target series — Jarvis Baxter

Jarvis Baxter was set to continue his career in the Dallas-Fort Worth area not too long ago.

The former Garland Lakeview Centennial wide receiver committed to SMU before taking a detour that will have him playing a second season at Trinity Valley Community College this fall.

Baxter’s performance there has attracted the attention of programs from across the country, including UNT.

Baxter was in Denton on a visit over the weekend and met with the Mean Green’s coaching staff, including head coach Dan McCarney. UNT offered Baxter a scholarship in advance of his visit.

“I loved it,” Baxter said. “I like how their program has come along under coach McCarney and the environment. I felt like I could go in there and be the man when I walked onto the field.”

UNT is the only school that has offered Baxter a scholarship at this point, although TCU, Iowa State, Kansas, Illinois and Ohio have all shown interest.

UNT offensive line coach Mike Simmonds and special teams coordinator/running backs coach Tommy Perry are recruiting Baxter. The 5-foot-11, 175-pound sophomore caught 49 passes for 767 and a team-high eight touchdowns last season for Trinity Valley, which was ranked fifth in the final NJCAA poll.

Baxter was an honorable mention All-SWJCFC selection in 2013.

Baxter plans to transfer at the semester break and will have three years to use his remaining two seasons of eligibility.

UNT recruited Baxter out of high school before he ended up committing to SMU, the Mean Green’s Dallas-area rival. The two teams will begin a yearly series this fall, opening up the possibility of Baxter playing against the Mustangs.

Baxter can play either the inside or outside receiver spots, although he prefers the outside.

UNT could have an advantage in its pursuit of Baxter due to his friendship with fellow Lakeview product and current Mean Green point guard Chris Jones.

“He has talked to me about what UNT is like,” Baxter said. “He was telling me that it’s a good place and that they will take care of me.”

While Baxter liked what he saw in UNT, he plans to wait and consider his options before deciding where to continue his career.

“I am going to wait things out and see how things go,” Baxter said. “I am going to talk with my mom and my cousin Kenneth Cuffee. He has taken care of me and helped me in recruiting since I was a kid.”

Mean Green blog recruiting series
DT Motekiai Maile, Tyler JC
CB Taylor Robinson, Keller Central
OL Joseph Gonzales, Waco
OL Matt Hiter, Argyle
LB Jordan Williams, Paris
OL Erik McCoy, Lufkin
OL Riley Daniel, Ringling, Okla.
DL RD Wegmann, Wichita Falls Rider
OL Evan Curl, Flower Mound
ATH Keith Washington, Brazoswood
OL Kaden Jackson, Kingfisher (Okla.)High
LB Angelo Garbutt, Lewisville Hebron
LB Clay Holford, Lewisville Hebron
ATH Billy McCrary, Leander Rouse
QB Chris Riddle, University Christian, Jacksonville, Fla.
CB Nafees Lyon, Charlotte (N.C.) Mallard Creek
DL Carl Thompson, Guyer
OL Beau Hott, Plano
WR Akile Davis, DeSoto
ATH Jonathan Giles, Fort Bend Elkins
OL Clayton Woods, Highland Park
DL Keenan Kelly, Cedar Grove, Ga.