Today was the first stop in UNT’s series of summer camps at Apogee Stadium. Several hundred players turned out to work with the Mean Green’s coaching staff for a few hours.
It’s a great sign for the program that so many players were interested in working with the Mean Green’s staff.
I put together a video that includes part of Dan McCarney’s pre-camp speech and some highlights from drills. I will post it when it is finished processing. Until then, here are a few notes and thoughts.
– There were more states than one would imagine represented at the camp, including Minnesota, Louisiana, California, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Florida, Georgia, Oklahoma, Colorado, New Mexico, Arkansas, Alabama, Kansas and Pennsylvania. With that being said, the vast majority of players were from Texas.
– The question one always gets following camps is who were some of the top prospects. It’s tough to get a full rundown. UNT is not going to put that up in neon lights, but I did talk to highly regarded offensive lineman Creighton Barr of Flower Mound Marcus. I will add him to our ongoing UNT recruiting targets series in the next day or so, but let’s just say for now that he has a high opinion of UNT. Don’t forget, Flower Mound has emerged as the unofficial provider of offensive linemen to the UNT football program over the last couple of years.
– UNT’s staff also mentioned while introducing Heart of Dallas Bowl MVP Derek Thompson, who worked with quarterbacks at the camp, that he will be coaching in Denton at the high school level next season. That is great news for UNT, which already has Nathan Tune and Kelvin Drake embedded at Denton High.
– I was also able to ask Dan McCarney about Zed Evans. UNT signed the Louisville transfer knowing that he had some back issues. They became worse in the last few weeks and have forced Evans to give up football.