We have preempted the normal Sunday Night Leftovers to return to the subject everyone really cares about these days anyway — football recruiting.
It was a huge weekend for the Mean Green in terms of commitments, flips, official visitors and impending decisions.
First of all a quick review of the material we covered in today’s recruiting blog:
– UNT picked up a commitment from three-star wide receiver D’Aundrey Bradley, a Cedar Hill product who was committed to New Mexico. Bradley is easily one of UNT’s top prospects on the board now.
– Eli Howard also re-committed to UNT after decommitting in December.
– Oklahoma defensive lineman DeMikal Harrison committed to UTEP, although UNT has offered and is looking to make a late run at him.
– JUCO defensive end Jareid Combs visited, but didn’t commit.
– JUCO cornerback Paul Banks III also left town without committing, but should decide in the next day or so what his plans are. They all hinge on whether or not Texas Tech offers.
All told, UNT really helped itself today. Bradley is one of the top players on the Mean Green’s board at this point. He’s a legit three-star prospect who had some offers from some good programs and is from Cedar Hill, a school where UNT could stand to get its foot in the door.
Howard is also a solid player and a good prospect who plays on the defensive line, where UNT has struggled to recruit in the past.
Those two players make UNT’s class look a whole lot better.
Bradley was also a player who flipped to UNT, which is something that has rarely happened over the years. Usually, players flip to other schools.
At this point all the UNT fans who complain incessantly about players flipping will have to have a little more perspective. It isn’t 1972. We don’t find out who commits on signing day. There isn’t much hope of that super secret prospect that no one knows about turning up, signing and changing everything.
Recruiting is an open market. Players and schools look for their best options. UNT has flipped players, lost players and dropped players.
That’s the way it works.
It’s not like oral commitments are some blood oath.
As far as where UNT goes from here, I would be stunned if Combs isn’t committed to the Mean Green by tomorrow night. UNT defensive line coach Kevin Patrick has clearly put in the work and sold Combs on UNT. Once the Mean Green’s staff has its in-home visit, this should be wrapped up pretty quickly. Memphis is still in the picture, but appears to be the only threat.
UNT also has a shot with Harrison, but not nearly as good a shot as it has with Combs. UNT offered late. UTEP got him in on an official visit and landed a commitment.
UTEP has a solid program and played in a bowl last season.
I know that Mean Green fans think that UNT and Denton are some sort of utopia and that El Paso and Ruston and anywhere else on the planet don’t really compare, but you have to take into account personal bias.
There are good and bad aspects of Denton and UNT just like any other school. Just because UNT offered Harrison, it’s doesn’t mean he’s going to just up and flip.
UNT does have a shot, though, due to the fact it’s a whole lot closer to home than UTEP.
I also think Paul Banks III ends up committing to UNT in the next few days. UNT has had him in on a visit. Texas Tech is sniffing around and doesn’t have a cornerback on the board, but it’s also Jan. 25.
My guess is that if the Red Raiders were going to offer, they would have done it by now. If they do surprise and offer, my guess is Banks is on the next plane to Lubbock.
UNT has been hunting and hunting for a JUCO corner to replace James Jones. It looks like Banks is the Mean Green’s guy.
In the end I think UNT gets him.