Matt Hiter couldn’t help but feel a little apprehensive about his football future heading into his senior season.
The Argyle offensive lineman was being recruited by a few FBS schools, including UNT and UTSA and had heard from several others, including Arizona State, TCU, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and Kansas State.
Hiter felt a whole lot more comfortable about his future after UNT became the first school to officially offer him a scholarship on Friday.
“I was pretty excited,” Hiter said. “I have been wanting and hoping for an offer and finally got it. I felt like I could just take a breath. I knew that I am Division I caliber at that point.”
Hiter, who is 6-foot-4 and 280 pounds had shown plenty of signs before receiving his offer from UNT that he has the potential to play on the college level.
Hiter was a first-team All-District 10-3A selection as a junior while playing for a traditional state power in Argyle. The Eagles won the Class 3A Division II state championship last season when the Eagles featured a host of top college prospects, including four who signed with Big 12 or SEC schools.
Coaches from across the county stopped by Argyle to see those players, including Texas Tech signees Connor Wilson and Ian Sadler, Kansas State signee Sam Sizelove and Arkansas signee Cole Hedlund.
Hiter said the exposure he received while playing with those players helped in his recruiting process.
“It helped a lot that we had so many Division I players in our last class,” Hiter said. “A lot of coaches came through to see those guys.”
Several of those coaches took note of Hiter.
The proximity of Argyle to UNT has offered Hiter a chance to learn about the program and its coaches, including offensive line coach Mike Simmonds.
Simmonds is recruiting Hiter.
“I have gotten to know coach Simmonds,” Hiter said. “I went to UNT’s camp, junior day and spring game. I like him. He is a great person and a great coach. He could help me excel on the college level.”
Hiter said he wants to wait and see what his options are over the next few months before making a decision, but he likes what he has seen from UNT so far.
The Mean Green finished 9-4 and beat UNLV in the Heart of Dallas Bowl last season.
“It caught our attention in Argyle,” Hiter said of the bowl win. “It’s awesome because they are so close to us.”
The proximity of UNT to Argyle will to be an asset for the Mean Green as it continues to recruit Hiter.
“I want to go play the best place for me to play, but it would be nice to be close to home,” Hiter said. “My parents could come see me play and I could go see them. North Texas has a great program.”
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DL Carl Thompson, Guyer
OL Beau Hott, Plano
WR Akile Davis, DeSoto
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