Saturday morning notes (looking at a big weekend in recruiting)

North Texas heads into a key recruiting weekend hoping to pick up some commitments and momentum, starting with a camp at Apogee Stadium on Sunday. (Denton Record-Chronicle/David Minton)

This is going to be a big weekend in recruiting, for UNT and a whole lot of other schools.

UNT’s satellite camps start on Sunday at Apogee Stadium. I have a big package looking some larger issues heading into the key recruiting months of the summer that will run on Sunday.

UNT isn’t the only school that will be out this weekend. A host of other schools have camps as well. We will see some movement one way or another, whether it is UNT picking up a few commitments or players UNT is after heading elsewhere. TCU, Rice and Baylor are among the other schools with camps today.

I have mentioned this once before, but it’s getting interesting to see what is going on across the Metroplex. SMU, the Mean Green’s biggest rival, is in the midst of a heck of a recruiting run. …

Michael Scott and Delontae Scott of Irving Nimitz are both top-notch prospects. Michael Scott had an offer from UNT.

Don’t get me wrong. We are all squarely on the Dan (McCarney) Wagon. UNT will land a good class again this year. One recruiting analyst told me this week that he really liked UNT’s 2014 class and the wide receivers the Mean Green signed.

The UNT-SMU feud is still one to watch on the recruiting front, though. The Mustangs have won a few early battles, including landing James Proche and Billy McCrary III, but there is still a long way to go.

Things should get interesting starting Sunday.

And while we are on the topic of football, I haven’t had a chance to post some thoughts on our old friend Phil Steele’s preseason All-America and All-Conference USA teams.

To review …

Cyril Lemon was named to the publication’s All-America fourth team.

It’s a great honor for Lemon. That team is loaded with guys from Alabama, Florida State, Auburn and Texas.

Lemon is a great player and a high character guy. UNT’s coaches love him. He does all the right things. It’s nice to see him recognized.

UNT also had 10 players named to Phil Steele’s All-C-USA team.

UNT lost a lot after last season, but it also has a lot of key players coming back.

Speaking of next season, Athlon’s came out with its preseason predictions and has UNT winning C-USA’s West Division, finishing 7-6 overall and 6-2 in league play. The website predicts that Marshall will then take down the Mean Green in the conference title game. That would be a great way for it to play out for UNT.

The website says there is not a lot of difference between UNT, Rice and UTSA. I tend to agree. Those games loom large next season.

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