RECRUITING: What North Texas needs in the 2018 class
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Biggest need: Life is good for Seth Littrell in Denton. The Mean Green went 7-1 in C-USA play in 2017, and only Lane Kiffin and Florida Atlantic kept the program from its first conference title since 2004.
And after going 9-5, Littrell’s team returns 16 of 22 starters, including C-USA Player of the Year Mason Fine. So for Littrell’s 2018 recruiting class, there’s no pressing need, but safeties and defensive backs are always welcome in a league with as many spread offenses as Conference USA.
How it’s being addressed: North Texas signed 14 players during last month’s early signing period and three of the top five are safeties. Reggie Williams from Grand Prairie, Kevyon Davis from Ennis and Jaxon Gibbs from The Colony are all heading to Denton, giving Littrell a trio of three-star newcomers at safety, all from within 80 miles of campus.
The Mean Green will lose second-leading tackler Kishawn McClain (96 tackles) from last year’s team, but three of the four players on the two-deep at safety will return, highlighted by Khairi Muhammad, a DeSoto native who excelled as a first-year starter in 2017. There will be room to contribute in the rotation if Williams, Davis or Gibbs prove themselves worthy, but there won’t be pressure to immediately play, and redshirting will be a possibility. Still, the compilation of the UNT roster makes 2018 look like a peak year, rather than one where rebuilding is a focus.
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