Shane Block is well aware of what UNT accomplished last season on its way to a 9-4 finish and a win over UNLV in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.
After talking with UNT tight ends coach Nick Quartaro this week, the Yukon, Okla., offensive lineman is hoping to find out a whole lot more about the school.
Quartaro officially extended Block a scholarship. Georgia State has also offered, while Tulsa and Wyoming are recruiting the 6-foot-6, 270-pound tackle prospect. Texas Tech has talked to Block. Here are his Hudl highlights.
“That was exciting,” Block said of receiving an offer from UNT. “I was pretty happy. North Texas has a great program and is playing good football.”
Block is entering his third year as a varsity starter and is beginning to consider what he is looking for in a program.
“I want to be a state trooper after college,” Block said. “I want to find a good college and somewhere I can earn a criminal justice degree or something along those lines.”
UNT would be a fit in that regard and also fits what Block is looking for in other ways, including being located only a few hours away from Yukon, an Oklahoma City suburb.
“Being close to home is important to me,” Block said. “I want to be some place my parents can come see me play.”
While UNT isn’t far from his hometown, Block has never been to the school. He plans to visit this month and is looking forward to the trip.
UNT tight ends coach Nick Quartaro is recruiting Block and leading the Mean Green’s efforts to bolster an Oklahoma recruiting pipeline that was once fruitful. UNT Hall of Famer Patrick Cobbs and several other key starters from the early- to mid-2000s were Oklahoma products, including defensive lineman Chris Miller and fullback/linebacker Justin Claborn.
“I have met him in person and have messaged him a little bit,” Block said of Quartaro. “He has made a good impression on me.”
While Block likes what he has seen from UNT so far, he said he isn’t likely to decide on where he is headed any time soon.
“I am going to wait until at least football season,” Blocks said. “I want to know what my options are.”
Mean Green blog recruiting series
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
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 — Committed to Texas Tech
OL Clayton Woods, Highland Park
DL Keenan Kelly, Cedar Grove, Ga.