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Everything posted by BillySee58

  1. I think Deonte Simpson has his breakout game as Jalen Darden draws the attention away from him and he gets single coverage all night. 34-24 UNT
  2. This dude is gonna be something here. We have a lot of young linebacking talent with KD Davis just a sophomore, plus Kevin Wood forcing some early PT, the Murphy twins, and Taylor Jacobs. A lot of guys for two second-level linebacker spots, but I just can’t see this dude staying on the sidelines for very long.
  3. Yeah, agree to disagree on this I guess. He should be done or pretty close to done rehabbing by the time he graduates. And he has a 1,000 yard season under his belt. No coach is looking at him in terms of his high school rating anymore. Plus, the vast majority of schools start three receivers in their base offenses. Coaches want to win, and if they think he would be one of their three best receivers they will give him strong consideration. And there are a lot of P5 teams that don’t have three receivers capable of 1,000 yard seasons, even at the G5 level.
  4. What raises his likelihood of getting drafted is putting on as much quality film as possible and impressing during the combine/Pro day phase. Getting 75 catches at UNT vs 45 at a P5 probably means he put on more quality film by staying. But if he can find a good situation where he can get good playing time and have comparable production, that means more quality tape for him playing at a P5 because of the competition level. Plus we all know his chances at getting a combine invite would be much better at a P5. And more attention at a P5 Pro day.
  5. His recruiting thread is posted above. He’s a receiver listed on our roster at 6’2” 216 lbs, so he has prototypical size for an outside receiver and very good high school tape. He also had one of the most impressive list of offers for any player we have signed in some time. Offers included Utah, Kansas, Indiana, and Texas Tech.
  6. I think he’s gone. It sounds like he will be getting an engineering degree from UNT in the spring, which is very impressive for a football player with that much time commitment. He has done all we could ask from him and more. Going to a P5 school and getting that exposure would be probably the smart move for him, with an engineering degree already in hand. Would definitely be extremely bittersweet to see him get drafted but not have it count towards breaking our streak. But I can’t wait to see Khatib Lyles next year.
  7. Last year the staff was intent with the roster we had and basically signed a class full of high schoolers. Added a couple jucos late and grad transfers. This year it looks like the opposite. We are content with our high schoolers between this class and last and I think you’re going to see us fill the rest of the class up with JUCOs and grad transfers.
  8. Reminder that this dude is a class headliner and has one of the best offer lists in this class.
  9. Umoja Gibson - Last year’s leading scorer Zachary Simmons - Junior entering his third year as a starter Larry Wise - Redshirt Freshman who hasn’t played a minute Definitely not ragging on Larry, but you have to think that’s a good sign for him that he’s one of the three players showcasing the new jerseys.
  10. I’m not sure what you’re going off of with those numbers. You don’t get 25 HS signees per class. You get 25 total initial counters. Which includes D1 scholarship transfers, JUCOs, and walking places on scholarship before playing 2 full seasons as a walkon. In 2016, in addition to HS commits, we also signed Bryce English, Alec Morris, Dee Baulkman, EJ Ejiya, Darius Turner, Josh Wheeler, and TJ Henson in that class. And in 2017 we had some more jucos, plus some blue shirts who we signed late in 2016 that counted towards the 2017 class like Eric Jenkins.
  11. Not sure what you mean by this. He did get 25 spots in his first 2 classes. He wasn’t able to get up to a full 85 scholarships in those first two years, but he stil got 25 spots in the classes.
  12. While the first class had good players, we got so many jucos that it’s hurting us now, because of the 25 player per class limit. If we had focused on more high school signees we may have not been as good in year one or year two, but we’d have deeper, more experienced senior and junior classes.
  13. That’s not true at all. Players generally get rated higher because they have more offers. And we are getting higher rated players because we are beating out a lot of quality programs for these kids (2019 and 2020 classes). Harry, some others, and I have been pointing out that if you’re just looking at star ratings as black and white, you’re doing it wrong. Just saying 2-Star or 3-Star doesn’t give any detail. 3-Star has become so easy to attain under the composite system because ESPN gives them out to basically anyone committed. There is such a wide range of prospects that all fit within the three star range (80-89). An 80 will likely have one or two FBS offers while an 88 will usually have 10+ P5 offers. Both are technically 3-stars. You have to delineate between an 80-82 type player and an 82+ type recruit, for example.
  14. Our recruiting is fine. We’re about to sign two straight classes that are elite by CUSA standards. The problem is that those players are true freshmen and high school seniors right now. I know I’m starting to sound like a broken record, but this is an issue from poor recruiting in the first few classes of the Littrell era. Also, I’m not super confident that o-line recruiting has improved. It has a little, but still has me nervous considering the time it takes to develop those guys.
  15. This is true to a good degree. But another problem with what Harry mentioned is people often stop at 3-stars when seeing how a player is rated. 247 has greatly expanded the delineation between 3-stars by classifying everyone between 80 and 90 a 3-star. An 89 will almost assuredly have 5+ P5 offers, while an 80 could have just one. But for people who stop at 3-Star, it seems the same. Which leads to Harry’s point that we can’t use 3-Star as the bar for a quality UNT recruit anymore. Maybe more like 82.5 or some arbitrary number. Or offer lists.
  16. I did the math. Of the 141 CUSA commits, 132 have 3-Star composite ratings. 94%. So yeah, 3-Star ratings basically hold almost no weight. https://247sports.com/Season/2020-Football/CompositeTeamRankings/?Conference=C-USA
  17. Bye week is huge for recruiting. Hopefully we can get ourselves in good position with some of these JUCO guys we’re after
  18. ESPN has had a lot to do with the dilution of the 3-Star rating. Look back at a lot of CUSA classes and ESPN would basically give a 3-Star rating to anyone who committed before the season started. It was like their way of saying “see, we pay attention to recruits outside the top 300 in the country,” when it’s obvious to anyone who pays attention that they don’t. It was lazy and greatly reduced the weight behind a 3-Star composite rating on 247, which has become the industry standard. A lot of people on this board have gotten excited about 3-stars who were only rated as such because of ESPN doing what I mentioned. But yeah, always look at the offer lists.
  19. I’ve brought this up before, but looking back at this class is really interesting to me. The 2016 class, Littrell’s first, was ranked 8th in CUSA. I get that he had little time to put it together, but even still new coaches usually see a bump in recruiting right away by being able to pitch a new program and early playing time. There were definitely some big hits in this class, and a lot of transfers. This class should be making up the foundation of this roster as Seniors and Redshirt Juniors, but there are only 10 of them left (which includes Bryce English). We’re definitely feeling the effects of going so JUCO/transfer heavy right off the bat, as well as not recruiting that well in general. There just isn’t enough there for us to take that big step forward we were hoping for, but there may be enough there for us to win the division, which is where the focus needs to be. https://247sports.com/college/north-texas/Season/2016-Football/Commits/
  20. We are recruiting at a higher level. The problem is they’re freshmen and high school seniors. We needed to recruit at a higher level when SL took over
  21. You’re right. It’s dangerously close to starting down that slippery slope. Just like in 2017, conference play presents a huge opportunity. Except this time there is much more at stake
  22. Here’s what it would take for me to be worried about the future of Littrell here and consider moving on: - Finish 7-5 or worse with no West Division Title and another bowl loss - Lose the momentum on this 2020 class and have guys decommit - Lose momentum with the 2021 class and get back to middle/back middle of CUSA - Fail to adequately replace Fine and take another step back in the 2020 season While it seems like that would take a lot, it’s also dangerously close if things actually spiral. I think we finish the season strong and are in the hunt, if not still front runners for that West Division title. But that happening is also imperative for the future of this program and recruiting. We really need to finish this class strong and keep the recruiting momentum going for the 2021 class this offseason. Putting together 3 straight strong classes will give us a chance to reach the heights we mistakingly thought this group had a shot at.
  23. I want to see some Keaton Jackson and Khatib Lyles this year. Don’t have to burn their redshirts, but let them play some. Talent wise I think they’re better than a lot of the guys we’re trotting out there
  24. Given our projected o-line, don’t think that’d be in his best interest
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