Trio Of Mid-Year Signees Join Mean Green
North Texas Adds Depth at Wide Receiver, Quarterback and Offensive Line
DENTON – Following a successful first season at the helm of the Mean Green that included a Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl appearance, head coach Seth Littrell continues to build for the future, adding three student-athletes during the mid-year signing period. Junior college transfer and former Allen, Texas, standout wide receiver Jalen Guyton, quarterback Cade Pearson and junior college offensive lineman Jevin Pahinui all signed with the Mean Green.
Guyton, rated as a three-star prospect by 247Sports, Scout and Rivals recruiting services, spent last season at Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas, after transferring from Notre Dame, where he redshirted in 2015. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound receiver will be a redshirt sophomore in 2017, will have three years to play his final three seasons of eligibility. He was rated as the fourth-best junior college wide receiver in the class by Scout. He hauled in 45 passes for 968 yards with 12 touchdowns in his 12 appearances for Trinity Valley, averaging 21.5 yards per catch. As a senior at Allen High School, the former four-star recruit caught 82 balls for 1,770 yards with 22 scores and was rated the 256th player in the nation on the ESPN 300 list. He was key in Allen’s perfect 16-0 season in 2014, helping lift the Eagles to their third consecutive state title, extending the program’s winning streak to 43 games at the time.
Pearson, rated as a two-star prospect by 247Sports, Scout and Rivals, joins the Mean Green after a very successful career at Texas High School in Texarkana, Texas, where he was a three-year starter. As a senior, the 6-foot-3, 205-pound signal-caller completed 149-of-234 passes for 2,400 yards with 24 touchdowns to only three interceptions, leading the Tigers to a 10-1 mark and a playoff appearance. As a junior, Pearson finished 108-of-200 for 1,665 yards to go along with 18 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
Pahinui arrives in Denton after spending the past two seasons at the College of the Siskiyous in Weed, California. The Mountlake Terrace, Washington, native was a converted defensive lineman and played guard for the Eagles. The 6-foot-4, 283-pound Pahinui helped pave the way for a team that rushed for nearly 1,800 yards, averaging 163.4 yards per game with 18 touchdowns in 2016. He will have three seasons to play two in Denton.
The Mean Green now have three players signed as part of the 2017 class and the remainder of the class will be announced on National Signing Day on Feb. 1, 2017 when all high school and junior college football student-athletes can sign National Letters of Intent.
Guyton, Pearson and Pahinui all expect to enroll for the spring semester and will participate in offseason workouts and spring practices with the Mean Green. All three signees will be eligible to play during the upcoming 2017 season.