UNT recruiting target series — Cade Erwin

Flower Mound Marcus safety Cade Erwin returns an interception during a game against Arlington last at Marcus Marauders Stadium in Flower Mound. Erwin recently visited UNT. (Special to The Dallas Morning News/Matt Strasen)

Cade Erwin heard a lot about Apogee Stadium, UNT’s new football venue, over the course of the last few years while developing into a top college prospect at Flower Mound Marcus.

A recent visit to the school showed the all-around athlete that there is a whole lot more UNT has to offer than just its stadium.

“I was definitely impressed with the facilities,” Erwin said. “I knew they had a new stadium, but I didn’t know that they had dorms and the athletic center right there.”

UNT offered Erwin a scholarship about three weeks ago and jumped into the race for his commitment that is picking up steam after a standout junior year that saw him earn first-team All-District 5-5A honors as a safety and second-team honors as a wide receiver.

Erwin caught 12 passes for 129 yards and rushed for 136 yards as a junior.

SMU, Air Force, Texas State and Eastern Michigan have also offered a scholarship to Erwin, who is 5-foot-11 and 180 pounds.

Erwin said UNT and most of the other schools recruiting him project that he will play safety at the college level.

Erwin is being recruited by Mike Canales and is starting to develop a relationship with UNT’s offensive coordinator, not to mention head coach Dan McCarney and the rest of the school’s coaching staff, including cornerbacks coach LaMarcus Hicks and safeties coach Perry Carter.

“I love coach Canales and I also got to know Hicks and Carter when I visited,” Erwin said. “That was the first time I met coach Carter and coach Hicks.

“I love coach Mac and the staff.”

UNT has recruited Flower Mound heavily under McCarney and signed offensive lineman Ryan Rentfro from Marcus a few years ago. Erwin and Rentfro played together in high school. Erwin was a freshman when Rentfro was a senior.

Erwin said that he plans to decide where he is headed in the next few weeks and will commit to a school before the season begins in what could turn into a head-to-head battle between UNT and SMU, the two Dallas-area schools that are recruiting him.

“Being close to home is important to me,” Erwin said. “My parents would be able to see me play. That is a plus.”

UNT football commitments
WR Rodney Bendy, Tyler John Tyler
DB Nate Brooks, Whitehouse
DE Sam Miller, Canton

Mean Green blog recruiting series
OL Tyler Moore, Galena Park North Shore
OL Abdul Beecham, Converse Judson
WR Israel Williams, Waco Connally
OL Creighton Barr, Flower Mound Marcus
DB Niko Small, Arlington Bowie——————————–Committed to TCU
OL Shane Block, Yukon, Okla.
OL Ken Marks, Beaumont Central
OL Rowdy Clark, Denton
OL Judd Terry, Denton
CB Jerbrell Lipscomb, Navasota
LB Diamon Cannon, Killeen Shoemaker
DE Sam Miller, Canton
WR Jarvis Baxter, Trinity Valley JC
DT Motekiai Maile, Tyler JC ———————– Committed to Oklahoma State
CB Taylor Robinson, Keller Central
OL Joseph Gonzales, Waco
OL Matt Hiter, Argyle
DB Nate Brooks, Whitehouse
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 —————————– Committed to SMU
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 ———— Committed to Texas Tech
OL Clayton Woods, Highland Park
DL Keenan Kelly, Cedar Grove, Ga.

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