— Mylam Peters (@Mylooo_5) May 16, 2016
North Texas has snapped up four players from Arizona Western College over the past few months.
Linebacker Mylam Peters became the latest in the group in the last few weeks.
Peters, a 6-5, 245-pound outside linebacker, committed to UNT recently and will arrive at the school in July, when he plans to sign his national letter of intent.
Peters was recruited by new UNT defensive coordinator Mike Ekeler, who spent last season as the inside linebackers coach at Georgia.
“I like the vibe of the coaches,” Peters said. “North Texas has a lot of coaches who came from big schools, including coach Ekeler. He has put a lot of linebackers in the NFL. I am excited to work with him.”
UNT recruited Peters to play one of the outside linebacker spots in its new 3-3-5 defense. Here are his Hudl highlights.
Peters is from Kissimmee, Florida, and was recruited by several Florida schools, including Central Florida and Florida International. Illinois, Akron and New Mexico also offered scholarships.
None of those opportunities were as appealing as joining his Arizona Western teammates at UNT. Safety Dontavious Baulkman, linebacker William Johnson and cornerback Darius Turner have committed to UNT and will join the Mean Green before next season.
“We have chemistry,” Peters said. “It’s like a brotherhood. We all know each other and our ability.”
Those relationships helped convince Peters to sign with UNT at the end of an unconventional recruiting process. Peters sat out last season with an injury, had surgery and needed to take a few classes in the spring to qualify to transfer to a Football Bowl Subdivision program.
Peters also struggled with injuries his first season at Arizona Western and finished with 13 tackles in 11 games in the 2014 season.
The relationship Peters developed with Ekeler and the chemistry he has with his junior college teammates convinced him that UNT is the best fit for him for the final two seasons of his college career.
UNT is hoping the influx of junior college talent that now includes four players from Arizona Western and North Dakota State College of Science linebacker/safety Eji Ejiya will help the Mean Green turn the corner defensively.
UNT allowed 41.2 points a game last season and is hoping to improve dramatically under new head coach Seth Littrell, Ekeler and fellow defensive coordinator Troy Reffett.
“I think we are going to be great next year,” Peters said. “We can make a name for ourselves in college football. We are up to the challenge.”