UNT is still in the midst of its summer camp series. Recruiting really is one of the more interesting stories of this time of the year in college sports.
On the UNT front, the guy who has really taken off in terms of targets is Nick Orr, the younger brother of Zach Orr. I talked a little about him during my live blog from the first stop of the Mean Green’s tour.
I thought his story would be worth revisiting today, largely because of this:
Yep, TCU is now in the hunt.
When I talked to Orr the other day, Baylor, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Missouri and Kansas were among the teams that offered. Orr said Baylor, Missouri, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech are the schools he has visited or will visit. I would assume that he will visit TCU as well now.
“I am going to try to make my decision at the end of the summer,” Orr said. “I’m still considering North Texas. It doesn’t make that much of a difference that Zach plays here. It would be a good thing, but it won’t really affect my decision. I want to be in a comfortable environment with the coaching staff.
“Staying close to home does not matter much.”
UNT will do fine in recruiting. I just wouldn’t count on Orr being in the class.
And finally, I haven’t dipped into the mailbag in some time, but a few people asked about my post-spring questions series, specifically about UNT’s offensive production and quarterback play.
One quick point here.
A lot of people like to talk about how Scott Hall, UNT’s last great (yes, great) quarterback was a product of the running game. To some extent that is true, but he is also UNT’s ALL-TIME leader in passing efficiency with a rating of 132.26 and ranks third in touchdown passes with 50.
Hall may have benefited from playing with good running backs, but he also was great in the play-action game and hit on big passes down the field. He didn’t get a ton of opportunities in a spread system. When he threw it, he had to capitalize.
Just for example, take some of his performances in the 2003 season.
UNT 44, ULL 23
Hall: 9-for-16, 222 yards, three TDs
UNT 37, Utah State 27
Hall: 8-for-12, 109 yards, two TDs
UNT 33, Middle Tennessee 28
Hall: 10-for-13, 230 yards, two TDs
UNT 28, ULM 26
Hall: 11-for-17, 205 yards, two TDs
UNT 58, ASU 14
Hall: 10-for-16, 185, three TDs
Granted, those are his top games, but the point still holds. Hall racked up some big games and big numbers, and he didn’t do it throwing swing passes to his wide receivers and hoping they would make a big play, which was a staple of UNT’s offense before Mike Canales took over.
Hall threw it down the field effectively, which kept defenses honest.
There is a reason we are still talking about him nearly 10 years after his career ended.
No one has come in since and surpassed what he accomplished as a quarterback and leader at UNT.