An important stretch for UNT’s football program



There are about three weeks left before national signing day this year.

The date moves a bit every winter since it falls on the first Wednesday in February.

I bring it up because those remaining days suddenly loom pretty large for the UNT football program.

UNT operates a bit under the radar when it comes to recruiting, but we do have a handle on about where the Mean Green stand.

Wide receiver Jalen Guyton and offensive lineman Jevin Pahinui have signed with UNT after spending last season playing in the junior college ranks.

Throw in a dozen high school prospects and UNT is sitting at about 14 players committed.

That leaves about six spots open. UNT coach Seth Littrell said the Mean Green have 20 scholarship available.

What makes the situation all the more interesting — and critical for UNT — is that Tommy Perry has left the coaching staff.

Perry was UNT’s special teams coordinator and running backs coach. He was also one of the staff’s more productive recruiters.

UNT is currently sitting ninth in the 247 Sports Conference USA class rankings.

The Mean Green could certainly make a run. UNT announced a series of additions no one saw coming last season on national signing day or in the ensuing weeks. Some of those players were from the junior college ranks and never played for the Mean Green after failing to qualify.

Other late additions helped UNT immensely.

The bottom line is UNT is likely going to add a key coach to its staff and some vital pieces to its recruiting class in the next three weeks. UNT could find a few transfers late, just like it did last year, but the core of its high school class should fall into place over the next few days.

A late run of good talent and a key addition to the staff could make a big difference for the Mean Green down the line.

Stay tuned.

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