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Littrell Wraps Up Conference USA’s 2020 Top-Rated Class

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Littrell Wraps Up Conference USA’s Top-Rated Class

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DENTON - North Texas added wide receiver Detraveon Brown to its 2020 signing class on Thursday, giving the Mean Green a total of three additions during the February signing period. Brown’s inclusion moved North Texas into the top spot in Conference USA according to 247Sports.com, the Mean Green’s highest-ranked class since the recruiting service started grading classes.

The Mean Green inked a trio of recruits, giving North Texas 21 for its 2020 signing class, 11 on the offensive side of the ball and 10 defensive players, all of which are rated 3-star prospects by 247’s Composite ranking system. 

UNT added Brown from Northwood High School in Shreveport, Louisiana, junior college offensive lineman Teeshaun Turpin and an accomplished edge rusher from Las Vegas, in Jonathan Pickett. 

The Mean Green exhibited a focus in the trenches in the 2020 class, signing five offensive linemen and five defensive linemen.

North Texas is currently No. 1 in Conference USA according to 247 and is among the highest-ranked of the schools from the Group of 5 conferences.

This year maintains a significant rise in UNT's recent returns as Littrell continues to build recruiting momentum, with the Mean Green checking in at No. 67 nationally as of Thursday morning. The 2017 class was rated No. 115 in the nation with six 3-star recruits by 247Sports. In 2018, UNT's class was up to No. 102 with 12 3-stars according to 247Sports. ESPN graded none of the UNT recruits in either year as 3-star. In 2019, the Mean Green rose to No. 75 according to 247Sports.

2020 North Texas Signing Class

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High School Signees

Name                                    Pos.       Ht.          Wt.        Hometown (High School)                                                            

Kade Bond                          OL           6’3”        298         Magnolia, Texas (Magnolia HS)

Detraveon Brown            WR         5’11”     178         Shreveport, Louisiana (Northwood HS)

Jordan Brown                    LB           6’0”        200         Huntsville, Texas (Huntsville HS)

Garnett Burke                   S              5’11”      170         Garland, Texas (Lakeview Centennial HS)

Jett Duncan                        OL           6’2”        291         The Woodlands, Texas (The Woodlands HS)

*Dane Jackson                  OL           6’0”        277         Berea, Kentucky (Madison Southern HS)

Isaiah Johnson                  RB           6’0”        200         Lubbock, Texas (Cooper HS)

Jacobi Johnson                  LB           6’3”        230         Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (Midwest City HS)

Ta’Shoyn Johnson            DL           6’1”        288         Killeen, Texas (Killeen HS)

*Christian Lee                   TE           6’3”        210         Friendswood, Texas (Friendswood HS)

Jordan Nichols                   S              6’1”        199         Waco, Texas (Connally HS)

Jonathan Pickett              DL           6’3”        260         Las Vegas, NV (Desert Pines HS)

Kortlin Rausaw                  DL           6’3”        259         Wylie, Texas (Wylie HS)

Jake Roberts                      TE           6’4”        235         Norman, Oklahoma (Norman North HS)

*Upton Stout                     DB          5’9”        165         Houston, Texas (North Shore HS)

Loronzo Thompson         WR         6’0”        160         Friendswood, Texas (Clear Brook HS)

Tavorice Weaver              DB          5’11”      190         Dallas, Texas (Madison HS)

Erik Williams                       OL           6’4”        247         Lubbock, Texas (Coronado HS)
 

 Junior College Transfers

Name                                    Pos.       Ht.          Wt.        Hometown (Previous School)                                                   

*Anterrious Gray             OL           6’2”        329         Macon, Mississippi (Northwest Mississippi CC)

*Davontae McCrae         DL           6’4”        250         Miami, Florida (East Mississippi CC)

Teeshaun Turpin              OL           6’4”        305         Cleveland, Ohio (Long Beach City College)

 

*Enrolled early

Bold – Signed during February Signing Period

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great work by SL and the staff. Not that it makes a big difference whether they are first or 4th (the difference in that range is miniscule), but it is important to continually be in that top group. Despite a lackluster season they now managed that for the second time in a row. NT will profit from two or three years down the road.

UTEP being continually at the bottom of all this is why they are not getting out of the hole

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4 minutes ago, outoftown said:

great work by SL and the staff. Not that it makes a big difference whether they are first or 4th (the difference in that range is miniscule), but it is important to continually be in that top group. Despite a lackluster season they now managed that for the second time in a row. NT will profit from two or three years down the road.

UTEP being continually at the bottom of all this is why they are not getting out of the hole

I'd actually give most of this credit to Walerius.    Recruiting jumped BIG TIME when he got here.   We struggled with Littrell's first 2 classes (even though we got the greatest QB we've ever had out of it).  Then we've been hitting home runs in recruiting after Walerius' arrival.

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2 minutes ago, MeanGreenTexan said:

I'd actually give most of this credit to Walerius.    Recruiting jumped BIG TIME when he got here.   We struggled with Littrell's first 2 classes (even though we got the greatest QB we've ever had out of it).  Then we've been hitting home runs in recruiting after Walerius' arrival.

I think you have a point. In line with this, much of this probably has to do with the overall recruiting staff budget that is now available at NT. A big departure from 5 years ago.

In terms of program long term success this may actually be more important than whether SL himself is a good salesman

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27 minutes ago, outoftown said:

great work by SL and the staff. Not that it makes a big difference whether they are first or 4th (the difference in that range is miniscule), but it is important to continually be in that top group. Despite a lackluster season they now managed that for the second time in a row. NT will profit from two or three years down the road.

UTEP being continually at the bottom of all this is why they are not getting out of the hole

I feel for UTEP. It actually seems to be getting worse. I do wish them well (except when they play us). Also, it does not help the conference for any of the teams to struggle like this.

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1 hour ago, MeanGreenTexan said:

I'd actually give most of this credit to Walerius.    Recruiting jumped BIG TIME when he got here.   We struggled with Littrell's first 2 classes (even though we got the greatest QB we've ever had out of it).  Then we've been hitting home runs in recruiting after Walerius' arrival.

And McIntyre.

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9 hours ago, UNTLifer said:

And McIntyre.

And the administration. Recruiting coordinator used to be a position coach. Now we have two staff positions handling the daily grind of recruiting so the coaches can focus on getting out and  directly building relationships. 

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Seeing the results of NT's investment in infrastructure and retaining Littrell.

Best class in Littrell's tenure despite a poor record last year. 

Somewhat surprised that NT did not sign a QB.  I guess that indicates that NT is happy with the current group of players vying for that position. 

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Just now, GrandGreen said:

Seeing the results of NT's investment in infrastructure and retaining Littrell.

Best class in Littrell's tenure despite a poor record last year. 

Somewhat surprised that NT did not sign a QB.  I guess that indicates that NT is happy with the current group of players vying for that position. 

Think they went big fish on QB this year as we should. Brandon Lewis was very close to flipping to us on early signing day. After that I think they moved focus to other positions 

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2 minutes ago, GrandGreen said:

Seeing the results of NT's investment in infrastructure and retaining Littrell.

Best class in Littrell's tenure despite a poor record last year. 

Somewhat surprised that NT did not sign a QB.  I guess that indicates that NT is happy with the current group of players vying for that position. 

Also I think that @TheReal_jayD said he believes we will go after a QB with our last scholarship for this class. Maybe we have 2 scholarships if the TE that just got released doesn’t count against us.

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