Follow-up thoughts on Preston, other recruiting tidbits

I was chatting with a UNT official not too long ago, when he mentioned one of the all-around truths in college athletics — recruiting is all about relationships.

That conversation came to mind late night when I was talking with new UNT commit Ashton Preston. The Edmond (Okla.) Santa Fe standout committed to play for the Mean Green and did so largely because of a series of relationships that lined up perfectly for the Mean Green.

In a bit of a weird twist UNT linebacker Calvin Minor is friends with Preston’s cousin. That really helped UNT’s cause, and it’s something I am pretty sure UNT’s coaches were well aware of heading into recruiting season. It also didn’t hurt that Preston spends a lot of time at his aunt’s place 20 minutes up the road from Apogee Stadium.

UNT capitalized on the opportunity when LaMarcus Hicks made a big impression on Preston when he visited a couple of weeks ago.

UNT pretty much handled a pretty ideal situation flawlessly.

What makes this all the better for UNT is that Preston is a great get. When I talked to Preston last night, he said that he didn’t have any other scholarship offers, but that Louisville and Kansas were recruiting him. He was probably a little farther down the recruiting board for both schools.

UNT made certain that Preston knew he was at the top of their board, a move that paid off.

The Mean Green is quietly starting to stack up some pretty good recruits. Defensive end Sam Miller had an offer from Kansas State, while cornerback Nate Brooks had an offer from Louisiana Tech, while wide receiver Rodney Bendy has an offer from Louisiana-Monroe.

We will have to see how UNT progresses in recruiting up to signing day, and it’s worth mentioning that there have been a few misses along the way like there always is for every team. The bottom line is this — UNT does seem to be picking up some momentum on the recruiting front.

And in other recruiting tidbits …

Tyler Moore, a highly regarded offensive lineman UNT has offered, posted a photo of himself on Twitter and mentioned that he has lost 35 pounds.

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