North Texas Football Signing Day Blog




3:00 p.m. - We would like to thank everyone who e-mailed us and kept refreshing our blog throughout the day. Don't forget about the Signing Day Special this evening at the PourHouse Sports Grill at 5 p.m. Coach Dodge, along with members of the football coaching staff will be on hand to introduce the 2009 signing class with video highlights. Admission is free and food and drinks will be available for purchase. 

 

2:25 p.m. - Well, all good intentions are only as good technology allows.  As all of us were in the actual press conference, we found out that there was a problem with the internet streaming on MeanGreenSports.com. While all of the technical issues are above the head of this writer, I’ve been told it was a coding issue that the laptop that we were using to stream the video had been mistakenly altered without knowledge of our video crew. They tried to fix it on the fly, but were unable to do so. We regret the error and graciously apologize to those of you who tried to access the video. We will be working assiduously to make sure that it doesn’t happen again.     

     

2:09 p.m. - During the opening of Coach Dodge's press conference we received the final signing of the day: Defensive end Tyler Washington. 


Tyler Washington DE 6-1 225 Cedar Hill HS
Selected first team all-district 7-5A in 2008 ... Totaled 63 tackles (51 solo) and 18 sacks on the season ... Got a season-high eight tackles and recovered one fumble against Irving MacArthur ... Had four games where he totaled at least seven tackles ... Tallied four sacks versus Irving HS ... Recorded two safeties ... His team went 12-2 finishing with a No. 18 state ranking ... In 2007, he registered 55 tackles (31 solo) and five sacks.

Washington Video Footage

 

12:48 p.m. - While you're sitting in front of your computer enjoying your lunch feel free to get excited about Darius Carey, the new Mr. Everything of the Mean Green. Carey was a quarterback, receiver and defensive back in high school and also returned kicks. If North Texas was lacking big playmaking, they may have just found their answer.

 

Darius Carey DB/WR 5-10 185 Ibs. - Helen Cox HS
Played quarterback in high school but was recruited by the Mean Green as a wide receiver/defensive back...Compiled 2,513 yards and 35 touchdowns in nine regular season games as a senior...Completed 120-of-177 passes for 1,520 yards and 24 touchdowns in 2008...He was the metro’s leading rusher among quarterbacks with 993 yards on 110 carries and 11 touchdowns...Was a two-time All-District 8-4A selection...A member of The-Time Picayune’s All-Metro Large Schools team...Ran the 40 in 4.5...Ranked a 5.4 out of 6.1 by Rivals.com.

Carey Video Footage 

 

12:45 p.m. - Here is what we can tell you about the football schedule as it stands today. We are under restrictions from the Sun Belt Conference on releasing our complete schedule until they have finalized the league’s television rights. We should be able to release the full schedule on or about April 1. What is for certain is that we are scheduled to have six home games in 2009, including non-conference games against Ohio and Army. The Mean Green is scheduled to open the season at Ball State and will also mix in a non-conference game at Alabama. We will play an eight-game conference schedule beginning this fall when Western Kentucky becomes a full-fledged member. As far as future non-conference opponents, North Texas currently has contracts with Clemson, Rice, Kansas State and Army in 2010. The 2011 non-conference schedule currently has Tulsa and two Southeastern Conference opponents, but there is a good chance one of those SEC schools will be replaced. It also looks like South Alabama could be added to the 2011 schedule if they stay on schedule to begin their program. 

 

12:43 p.m. - We received a question from Adam about how the athletic department funds athletic scholarships. 
This is always an interesting topic and there always seems to be a lot of misinformation out there on the subject. The reality is the athletic department is responsible for paying tuition and books for all of the student-athletes it puts on scholarship. We pay the same amount for each student-athlete that any non-athletic student would pay to come to school here. Money for those scholarships is funded in a variety of ways, but at the very center of that support structure is the Mean Green Club. The MGC is the single-largest fundraising tool for athletic scholarships at North Texas.

 

12:40 p.m. - We promised an update on the new football stadium progress and here it is. Athletic department and North Texas System officials interviewed last week, five firms that submitted bid proposals for the job of construction manager at risk. The five companies that were interviewed were Austin Commercial, Beck, Hunt, Manhattan and Turner. Athletic department and North Texas system officials have discussed the applicants and will make a recommendation to the Board of Regents at an upcoming meeting. From a funding perspective, we dont need to tell anyone here that today’s economy is taking a toll on all of us. The athletics development staff has been diligent in its fundraising effort and is making calls and setting up personal visits with potential donors every day.

 

12:34 p.m. - The day is almost coming to an end but the Mean Green continue to solidify their defense. Daniel Prior becomes the first linebacker signed today. 

 

Daniel Prior LB 6-2 210 Ibs. - Henderson HS

Ranked the No. 36 Strong LB in the nation by Scout.com...Recorded 93 tackles as a senior in 2008 and 300 for his career...Also had four receptions for 63 yards playing tight end...He earned first-team all-district honors in 2008 and second-team as a sophomore in 2006...In 2007 he had 114 tackles, 20 of which were for losses...Ranked a 5.3 out of 6.1 by Rivals.com...Ran the 40 in 4.66.

Prior Video Footage 

 

12:25 p.m. -  Fitz is in the house. No, not Larry Fitzgerald; but if Friendswood's Austin Fitzpatrick is anything close to Larry Legend then the Mean Green will have hit a home run. Actually, Fitzpatrick resembles more of a Jason Witten-mold because of his ability to catch the ball, making him an excellent choice to perhaps fill the shoes of departed senior Brock Stickler.

 

Austin Fitzpatrick TE/WR 6-3 - 215 Ibs. - Friendswood HS

Selected First Team all-district in 2008...Caught 40 passes for 545 yards and 7 touchdowns...Averaged 13.6 yards per catch...Had a season-high seven catches for 144 yards and a touchdown against Austin Lake Travis in 4A State Semifinal...Made six receptions for 103 yards and a touchdown versus Dayton...Grabbed six catches for 93 yards and two scores against Brazoport...Returned four kickoffs for 49 yards...Has ability to play at tight end and wide receiver...Helped team go 11-2 before falling in state semifinal...In 2007, he caught 14 passes for 232 yards (16.6 avg) and three touchdowns...His team posted a 7-3 record.
Fitzpatrick Video Footage

 

12:22 p.m. - We talked with former North Texas and current Miami Dolphins running back Patrick Cobbs yesterday when he took time away from his vacation in Hawaii to check in on how recruiting was going. Cobbs is still a vigilant supporter of the program and often follows Mean Green games on the internet the day before he straps on his helmet for the Dolphins. Cobbs passed on a message of encouragement to the current Mean Green team, stating that “No team has the ability to carry over its wins from the previous year and no team has to be burdened with the losses from the previous year, so you are starting with a clean slate. The 2009 team has a chance to determine its own legacy irrespective of what any team before it has done.” Cobbs should know, he was a key part of a team that went from 1-15 in 2007 to 11-5 and a playoff berth in 2008.

 

12:15 p.m. - A couple questions that we need to answer. The Todd Dodge press conference will be streamed live at 1 p.m. on MeanGreenSports.com free of charge. You can get there by clicking on Mean Green Premium or Gameday link and then click on upcoming live events. Also, wide receiver Tyler Stradford who has transferred to North Texas from Oklahoma is currently not eligible to play for the Mean Green this season. There have been some situations in college football where student-athletes who were affected by Hurricane Katrina have been granted waivers from the transfer limitations, but as of now that is not the case for him.         

 

12:10 p.m. - Getting away from the gridiron for just a moment...

The final home meet of the season for Mean Green swimming & diving will be at 5 p.m. this evening against the TCU Horned Frogs. Swimming will be taking place at the Pohl Rec. Center and Diving will be at the Physical Education Building (across the street).

Also, the North Texas tennis team begins its home schedule this Saturday versus Stephen F. Austin at 11 a.m. and Midwestern State at 4 p.m.

All the Mean Green fans and everyone else are welcome to attend!

12:01 p.m. - Speaking of academics, the Mean Green football team should be applauded for its effort in the classroom last fall.  The team had its highest cumulative GPA in a very long time, including 33 student-athletes that achieved a 3.0 GPA or better for the fall semester.  The outstanding performance in the fall will also have a tremendous positive impact on the team’s Academic Progress Rate which is the NCAA’s tool for holding athletic programs responsible for academic success.  The APR information that the North Texas compliance office submitted to the NCAA for the fall semester is the highest score ever posted by the Mean Green football team since the inception of the APR in 2003.  If the team is able to repeat its academic performance this spring, North Texas would have one of the largest one-year improvements in the APR among all college football programs.

 

11:55 a.m. - Defensive coordinator Gary DeLoach is known for leading some of the best defenses in North Texas history during his time here from 1998-2002. What many fans don’t know is the impact DeLoach has on the academic performance of his players. He has always stressed accountability in the classroom and he brought a little trick that he learned at UCLA to help instill that value in his current players. DeLoach keeps a very close eye on class attendance and when one of his players misses class, he requires them to stand outside his office and hold their books above their head until he feels that enough of the information has seeped from those books into their heads.   

 

11:48 a.m. - Versatility is a quality that every team needs to have and Daniel Mayberry is a prime example of that. He won't have to travel very far since he hails from "Big D". 

Daniel Mayberry WR 6-0 175 lbs. Dallas Lincoln HS
Recruited as a wide receiver ... Versatile athlete who played at quarterback and running back in high school ... At H. Grady Spruce high school in 2007, completed 70 of 140 passes for 959 yards and 10 touchdowns ... Carried the ball 77 times for 179 yards and 5 touchdowns.
Mayberry Video Footage

 

11:33 a.m. - If you could choose any former North Texas football player to be on your team in a golf tournament, who would it be? The athletic department’s annual Don January Golf Tournament is scheduled for Monday, April 27th and there will be an assortment of former Mean Green players available to join your group if you get registered early. Some of the former players that have hit the links for this tremendous fundraising event include Mitch Maher, Toby Gowin, LaDarrin McLane, Cody Spencer, Scott Hall, Patrick Cobbs and Johnny Quinn. While most of these guys could help any foursome, Gowin might be your top pick. Gowin recorded a hole-in-one in the 2007 Don January Tournament, which is only the second hole-in-one ever in the event.           

 

11:20 a.m. - A few people have been asking about the new JC signees, including Scott, who asked about those that are already in school. North Texas has five transfers that are now enrolling in classes this semester. Jeremy Bean (OL), Jamaal Jackson (WR), Mike Outlaw (WR), Ira Smith (CB) and Tyler Stradford (WR) have all transferred to North Texas.

 

Jeremy Bean OL 6-5 310 lbs. Northeastern Okla. A&M
Junior College: Has a big frame and good mobility ... In 2008, his team averaged 17.6 ppg and 310 yds of offense ... Had a balanced offense of almost 1,400 yds rushing and 1,400 passing ... QB Trey Munden was the fourth leading passer in the Southwest Junior College conference with 1,077 yds and 8 TDs ... RB Cardell Clemens was third in the conference in rushing with 845 yds and 8 TDs ... In 2007, his school scored an average of 34.5 ppg ... Has a three-star rating by Rivals.com.
Bean Video Footage


Jamaal Jackson WR 5-11 175 lbs. Southwest Mississippi CC
Junior College: Jackson caught 41 passes for 418 yards averaging 5.1 receptions per game at SWMCC in 2008... Caught one touchdown pass ... In 2007, made 23 receptions for 477 yards and a touchdown ... Runs a 4.4 in the 40.

J. Jackson Video Footage


Mike Outlaw WR 5-11 190 Ibs. East Mississippi C.C.
Junior College: Was named to the 2008 MAJC All-State North First-Team Offense...He was 12th in the nation in receptions (46) and had 624 yards in 2008, leading the Lions to an 8-2 record...Ranked a 5.4 out of 6.1 by Rivals.com...Ran the 40 in 4.65.

Outlaw Video Footage


Ira Smith DB 5-11 180 Ibs. - Mississippi Gulf Coast JC
Junior College: In 2008 he recorded 52 tackles, 14 pass break-ups and three interceptions...Was part of a sophomore class that finished with a 22-2 record, a 2007 NJCAA co-national title, two MACJC state championships and two MACJC South Division crowns...Ranked a 5.6 out of 6.1 by Rivals.com...Ran the 40 in 4.4.

Smith Video Footage


Tyler Stradford WR 6-2 175 Ibs. Oklahoma University
Signed with Oklahoma and spent his first season as a redshirt...Caught 27 passes for 482 yards and six touchdowns during his senior season at O. Perry Walker High School in Louisiana...He was an all-district and All-West Bank performer his senior season and intercepted five passes while playing cornerback and safety...As a junior he was an all-area selection and ran back three kickoffs for touchdowns while averaging 41 yards per return...Caught 17 passes for 315 yards and four touchdowns during his junior season...Was ranked No. 56 on Rivals.com’s list of the top receivers in the Class of 2007 and the 23rd best player overall in the Louisiana Top 40 of 2007.
Stradford Video Footage

 

11:10 a.m. - This just in! The Mean Green has driven home a brand new "Chevy", this being Chevy Bennett out of Sachse. The corner will definitely provide more depth and speed to the North Texas defensive backfield.

Chevy Bennett CB 6-1 182 lbs. Sachse HS
During the 2008 year Bennett made 45 tackles with 35 of them solo ... Averaged 6.4 tackles per game ... Picked off three passes and recovered a fumble ... Returned two kickoffs for 57 yards including a long of 49 ... Had two punt returns for 15 yards ... In 2007, made 44 tackles, got five interceptions, 28 pass breakups, blocked two field goals, and forced two fumbles ... During 2006, tallied 41 tackles and one interception.
Bennett Video Footage

10:55 a.m. - Just a reminder to all North Texas alumni in Houston, this weekend the Mean Green track and field team will be performing in the Houston Invitational at the University of Houston. Events begin Saturday Feb. 7 at 8 a.m. The Mean Green have had four first-place finishes through their first two events this season. Click here for more information on North Texas track and field.  

 

10:45 a.m. - Speaking of spring football, the coaching staff is excited about some of the position battles that are going to take place.  Obviously everyone knows there will be a much-publicized quarterback battle, but don’t forget about the contest to establish key performers at other positions. From the four defensive line positions, North Texas had 10 different starters last year. Defensive tackle Isaac Thomas was the only player to start all 12 games and he now needs to be replaced.  In the defensive backfield, seven returnees saw significant action last year. Add junior college transfer Ira Smith to that mix and the competition should be fiery. At wide receiver, they need to find replacements for starters Casey Fitzgerald and Brock Stickler while the other two spots (held by Alex Lott and Kevin Dickerson at the end of the year) will also be highly contested. 

 

Also, Charlie is full of questions this morning and we will try to address them all. First he wants to know about a former prospect by the name of Ethan McMillian from Aledo. 

 

McMillian met with the Mean Green coaching staff last spring and he was invited to join the team for two-a-days in August as a walk-on.  McMillian was still in the process of rehabbing from a knee injury and informed the coaching staff that he was not interested in pursuing his college football career at that time. 

  

10:38 a.m. - Just a reminder to all you fans who are ready for some football, spring football practice will begin Monday, March 2 and will conclude with the Green-White game on Saturday April 4. The team will practice the first two weeks and then take off for spring break before coming back to practice two weeks leading up to the spring game. The NCAA allows 15 practices (including the spring game) so they can’t practice every day during those four weeks. The start time for the spring game is being finalized, but fans can expect it to be played early afternoon and admission is free.    

 

10:29 a.m. - Here's the name most of you have been waiting on all morning: Welcome to North Texas Shavod Atkinson! The highly touted DT out of Independence CC has sent in his fax and should have all fans breathing a sigh of relief. North Texas has done a tremendous job addressing their defensive line. 

 

Shavod Atkinson DT 6-2 298 lbs. Independence CC
Junior College: Atkinson was named Honorable Mention for the KJCCC all-conference team in 2008 ... Finished third on the team in tackles with 48 including 37 solo ... Had four tackles for loss and one sack ... In 2007, he got 53 total tackles with 32 being solo and 10 for loss ... Made three sacks, recovered two fumbles, and forced another.
Atkinson Video Footage

 

10:17 a.m. - We just had our first signee at cornerback to help defend those vaunted passing offenses of the Sun Belt Conference.

Hilbert Jackson - CB - 6-0 - 165 Ibs. - Rowlett HS
In 2008, made 34 stops and scored one rushing touchdown ... Got a season-high six tackles in a win over Naaman Forest ... Registered at least four tackles in five games ... In 2007, picked off one pass and returned it 55 yards ... Fundamentally sound player with ability to play at free safety.
H. Jackson Video Footage

10:09 a.m. - North Texas returns 18 of 22 starters on offense and defense in 2009, which are the most returning starters in some time.  The last time the Mean Green had this much returning experience was 2002 when 20 starters returned from the previous season. You might remember that year, when all 11 offensive starters returned and everyone on defense except Brad Kassell and Ron Paris were back. The Mean Green finished the 2002 season with an 8-5 record and a New Orleans Bowl victory over Cincinnati. Of those 20 returning starters that year, 16 earned first or second team all-conference recognition.

 

10:02 a.m. - We here at North Texas are your personal Radio Shack slogan today: You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers! So to continue the trend, here is a question from Rick in Dallas. "What needs does the coaching staff see on their roster and how well does this class address those needs?" 

 

According to Coach Dodge, the biggest immediate need for 2009 is the defensive front.  He needs to replace Isaac Thomas who started 12 games and feels like they need to get better production from the younger defensive lineman that played in reserve last season.  Defensive lineman were at the top of the wish list in this recruiting class and they hope to fill the need with some junior college transfers as well as the two true freshmen Boutwell and White who just signed.      

 

9:49 a.m. - A question from Stephen is asking about the whereabouts of former graduate assistant coach Chase Wasson and the expectations by new strength coach Aaron Ausmus. 

 

Chase Wasson was an offensive graduate assistant coach for the Mean Green last spring but decided to get out of the coaching business to pursue a career in pharmaceutical sales.  He is doing well and still stays in touch with Coach Dodge and follows the Mean Green. Coach Ausmus has a tremendous pedigree in strength and conditioning and has helped develop football players at some of the best programs in college football. I don't think there is any doubt that he will be an asset to the program and the fact that he will only work with the football team and will help a strength staff that was already spread thin among the other teams.

 

We thank you all for your questions. Please continue to send any comments or questions you may have to Kenneth.Bybee@unt.edu

 

9:41 a.m. - Todd Dodge is proving you can never have enough defensive lineman, adding another big man from the bayou to the fold. Defensive tackle Kyle White, from New Orleans, has faxed in his NLI along with his big frame.


Kyle White DL 6-2 318 Ibs. - New Orleans McDonogh 35
Was named 10-4A All-District first-team as a defensive lineman...Performed shuttle in 4.94...Ran the 40 in 5.2...Ranked a 5.1 out of 6.1 by Rivals.com.
White Video Footage

 

9:23 a.m. - The signees are coming in quickly and the Mean Green Nation should be proud as North Texas continues to address the defensive line, adding Ryan Boutwell of China Springs to the mix.


Ryan Boutwell DE 6-3 225 lbs. China Spring HS
Boutwell was selected Class 3A first team all-state in 2008 ... Awarded defensive player of the year for Super Centex ... Chosen first team for the AP all-state team ... Was the defensive MVP for the 7-AAA all-district team ... Made 73 tackles including 10 sacks ... Played at offensive guard as well ... In 2007, was 17-AAA first team all-district at defensive end and offensive guard ... Awarded 17-AAA Academic first team all-district ... Made first team at guard and defensive end for Super Centex ... Named Texas AP second team all-state ... Compiled 130 tackles during the season ... In 2006, named honorable mention at offensive tackle for the 17-AAA all district team.
Boutwell Video Footage

 

9:15 a.m. - Move over Beethoven, John Noble is coming to town. Not only does the Rockwall native present the size and strength the Mean Green are looking for on the o-line, he also has some impressive piano skills.

John Noble OL 6-6 288 Ibs. Rockwall HS

In 2008 he was named to the offensive first-team all-district in 10-4A...Was selected to the second-team Texas High School Coaches Association 4A academic all-state team...Clocked in at 5.10 in the 40...Ranked a 5.3 out of 6.1 on Rivals.com...Had the ninth best Power Ball throw (39-07) at the 2008 Dallas NIKE Combine...Graduated in the top 10 percent of his class and is a classical pianist...Named a Texas State Federation of Music all-state pianist four times.

Noble Video Footage

9:00 a.m. -
With the departure of senior Truman Spencer, the Mean Green needed to upgrade the punting game and they hope to have found that in Lewsiville native Will Atterberry, who just sent in his NLI.

Will Atterberry K/P 5-11 170 lbs. Lewisville HS

In 2008, was selected first team all-district as a punter ... Named to the second-team as a kicker ... Was a second team all-state selection ... Made eight field goals including a game-winning 47 yarder against Grand Prairie ... Converted on 15 PATs ... Averaged 42.4 yards per punt.

Atterberry Video Footage

 

8:42 a.m. - We have our first question of the morning and it comes from Bill who asks, "What is an NLI?" Good question!


The acronym stands for National Letter of Intent which is the contract that is signed by the prospective student-athlete and submitted to the college or university that they will attend. College-bound student-athletes are not required to sign a National Letter of Intent but most do because they want to create certainty in the recruiting process. Specifically, by signing a National Letter of Intent, a student-athlete agrees to attend an institution for one year in exchange for that institution's promise, in writing, to provide them athletics financial aid for the entire academic year. Simply, by signing a National Letter of Intent they are given an award including athletics aid for the upcoming academic year provided they are admitted to the institution and they are eligible for athletics aid under NCAA rules. Furthermore, by signing a National Letter of Intent a student-athlete effectively ends the recruiting process. Once you sign a National Letter of Intent, a recruiting ban goes into effect and you may no longer be recruited by any other National Letter of Intent school.  The program is administered by the Collegiate Commissioners Association and information and more information can be found on the NCAA web site at http://www.ncaa.org/wps/portal/nli

8:30 a.m. - North Texas just received another committment, this time from the QB position. We all know how vital it is to have a solid man under center for Coach Dodge's offense. Derek Thompson has the versatility to throw and also tuck it and run.

Derek Thompson QB 6-4 200 Ibs. - Glen Rose HS
In 2008 he completed 180-of-302 pass attempts for 2,627 yards and 26 touchdowns and rushed for 629 yards on 98 carries and had 13 touchdowns...He was named the 2008 Offensive Player of the Year in District 7-3A...Led his team to the quarterfinals of the state playoffs in 2007 and the team finished with a 10-4 record, the best in school history...Named the District 12-3A MVP in 2007 while completing 183-of-315 pass attempts for 2,646 yards and 24 touchdowns...He also rushed for 443 yards on 91 carries along with seven touchdowns in 2007...In 2007 he was an honorable mention selection on the Texas Sports Writers Association Class 3A all-state team...As a sophomore he threw for 1,900 yards and 15 touchdowns, while rushing for seven touchdowns and 400 yards...In 2006 he was named the District 12-3A Newcomer of the Year...As a freshman he threw for over 1,700 yards and 14 touchdowns...Ran the 40 in 4.7...Ranked a 5.3 out of 6.1 by Rivals.com...Also excelled in basketball, baseball, track and tennis during high school.
Thompson Video Footage

 

8:08 a.m.  And here...we.....GO! The Mean Green have received three NLI's and they all come on the defensive side of the ball. One can't help but look at the massive size of Kelvin Jackson and think how much he will be able to help stop the run. Both Jackson and Weber will have two years of eligibility at North Texas We have included video footage of all three players and will be doing so for every player throughout the day.


Kelvin Jackson DT 6-2 320 lbs. Itawamba CC
Junior College: In 2008, was named to the MACJC North second team ... Made 41 tackles including 30 solo ... Had nine tackles for loss, three sacks, and one forced fumble.

Jackson Video Footage

De’Andre Stewart S 5-11 185 Ibs. - North Forest HS
Was an all-district 21-4A selection at safety in 2008 and also played quarterback...Intercepted one pass as a senior...Ran the 40 in 4.5...Ranked a 5.2 out of 6.1 by Rivals.com.
Stewart Video Footage 

John Weber DE 6-3 265 Ibs. - Itawamba (Miss.) JC
Junior College: Finished the 2008 season with 8.5 sacks...Participated in the 2007 Louisiana-Texas All-Star Bowl...Was an all-state defensive end at Helen Cox High School in New Orleans, Louisiana...Ran the 40 in 4.85...Ranked a 5.4 out of 6.1 by Rivals.com.
Weber Video Footage

8:03 a.m. Signing day is a celebration of sorts for college football programs.  It is no different in Mean Green land.  It is a culmination of a lot of long hours, hard work and time away from home by the coaching staff and an excited anticipation about the football players that have chosen to continue their career at North Texas.  No celebration is complete without a cake and in this case that cake comes in the form of doughnuts that were just brought to the football office by Director of Athletics Rick Villarreal.  It didn’t take long for graduate assistant Jeff “Beef” Bryant to indulge in the breakfast of champions!  

 

7:49 a.m. I just heard the fax machine ring so we might be about to receive our first National Letter of Intent for the 2009 freshman class.  In an effort to ensure we are above board with the NCAA, the fine folks in the athletics compliance office are the first to review the NLI when we receive it.  After they have confirmed the necessary requirements, it is passed on to us to release on the blog.  Stay tuned for verification.           

 

7:32 a.m. We are still waiting on the first fax of the morning, but it shouldn’t be long.  While this might be early for some of these prospective signees, it will be nothing compared to the schedule they will face during offseason workouts with the team next year at this time. We are a few weeks into the offseason training routine and the strength and conditioning staff has been holding workouts with the team beginning at 5:45 a.m. By the time most of us are leaving for work, your Mean Green football team has already completed their workout for the day. 

 

7:10 a.m. As a reminder, we will attempt to answer questions throughout the morning regarding anything related to North Texas athletics.  Our very competent intern Kenneth Bybee will be manning the email inbox so please send your questions to Kenneth.Bybee@unt.edu.  Some of the things to look forward to on today’s blog include... 1) An early look at the 2009 football schedule and possible non-conference opponents for the future.  2) An update on the progress of planning for the new football stadium.  3) A look at how the football team did academically last fall. 4) A bold prediction by a current NFL player and future North Texas Hall of Famer.  5) Something you didn’t know about defensive coordinator Gary DeLoach.

 

7:02 a.m. - Good morning from Signing Day Central at the North Texas Athletics Center!  There is a lot of anticipation surrounding today, as Mean Green head coach Todd Dodge will announce the 2009 recruiting class his third at North Texas.  I can tell you that many of the coaches on the Mean Green staff were working the phones late into the evening, making sure commitments were solid and making sure there weren’t any prospects that had fallen through the cracks.  The coaching staff always has a little fun with each other about this time on signing day, making friendly wagers trying to guess who will be the first prospect to fax in his National Letter of Intent. Be sure to check back soon to find out who wins the early bird award for 2009! 

 

 

Letters of Intent Received

 Time

 Name

 Position

 Last School

 --

 Jeremy Bean

 OL

 NE Oklahoma A&M

 --

 Jamaal Jackson

 WR

 Southwest Mississippi CC

 --

 Mike Outlaw

 WR

 East Mississippi CC

 --

 Ira Smith

 CB

 Mississippi Gulf Coast JC

 --

 Tyler Stradford

 WR

 University of Oklahoma

 8:08

 Kelvin Jackson

 DT

 Itawamaba CC

 8:08

 De’Andre Stewart

 S

 North Forest HS

 8:08

 John Weber

 DE

 Itawamaba CC

 8:30

 Derek Thompson

 QB

Glen Rose HS

 9:00

 Will Atterberry

 K/P

 Lewsiville HS

 9:15

 John Noble

 OL

 Rockwall HS

 9:23

 Ryan Boutwell

 DE

 China Spring HS

 9:41

 Kyle White

 DT

 McDonogh 35

10:17

 Hilbert Jackson

 CB

 Rowlett HS

10:29

 Shavod Atkinson

 DT

 Independence CC

11:10

 Chevy Bennett

 CB

 Sachse HS

11:48

 Daniel Mayberry

 WR

 Lincoln HS

12:19

 Austin Fitzpatrick

 WR/TE

 Friendswood HS

12:35

 Daniel Prior

 LB

 Henderson HS

12:48

 Darius Carey

 DB/WR

 Helen Cox HS

 1:06

 Tyler Washington

 DE

 Cedar Hill HS

 

 


 

 

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