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One of the main tenets of Dan McCarney’s philosophy during his time at UNT has been to rotate defensive linemen.
McCarney firmly believes the strategy allows him to keep fresh players in games, take advantage of his players’ strengths when certain situations arise and, perhaps most importantly in the case of Dustin McWhorter, give young players an opportunity to see the field.
UNT has been recruiting the 6-foot-4, 240-pound defensive linemen from Graham for months and offered him in May. Here are his Hudl highlights.
McWhorter can play both defensive end and defensive tackle and is looking for a school that will offer him the opportunity to play early on.
“Playing time is important to me,” McWhorter said. “I have looked at the depth chart at UNT. I like that they like they rotate defensive linemen. That could open playing time.”
McWhorter seems like the type of player who could earn a role early in his career. He has been named all-district in each of the last two years.
UNT tight ends coach Nick Quartaro is recruiting McWhorter, who also has offers from Texas State and Colorado State.
McWhorter recently visited UNT for its junior day and also attended the school’s satellite camp.
“I really enjoyed it and learned more about their scheme and where they want me to play,” McWhorter said of UNT’s junior day for top prospects. “They want me as a defensive tackle because I can see when a team is going to run or pass and rush the passer at the point where I know it’s a passing play.”
McWhorter wants to make a decision by mid-July and has thought a lot about what he is looking for in a school beyond the opportunity for playing time.
“Education, tradition and a great football program are what are important to me,” McWhorter said. “I haven’t decided what I will major in yet, but I am leaning toward engineering.
“I want stay in state, if I can. I have been to Texas State’s junior day and went to their camp. That’s when they offered.”
After finding out about the schools that are pursuing him, McWhorter knows making a choice isn’t going to be easy.
“I am thinking hard about it right now,” McWhorter said. “All the schools have good and bad things about them.”
Mean Green blog recruiting series
DB Ashton Preston, Edmond (Okla.) Santa Fe
DB Hayden Davidson, Richland
DB Cade Erwin, Flower Mound Marcus
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.