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North Texas Early Signing Day Recap

The Mean Green signed 23 recruits Wednesday and have the best recruiting class in Conference USA

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North Texas just keeps climbing as a football program under coach Seth Littrell.

The Mean Green have the top recruiting in Conference USA after Early Signing Day on Wednesday. 247Sports, ESPN and Rivals all ranked UNT’s signing class as the best in the conference so far.

UNT added 23 recruits Wednesday, including 20 3-star prospects, according to 247Sports, and a graduate transfer from Virginia Tech. The 23 players inked completed UNT’s 2019 class, signing all of its prospects early.

The Mean Green’s 2019 recruiting class’ climb to No. 55 and No. 62 in the nation, according to Rivals and 247Sports, respectively, is a tremendous leap compared to No. 94 and 115 rankings in 2017, Littrell’s first real recruiting class.

“North Texas, our football program, got a lot better today,” Littrell said. “We signed 23 prospects that are not only great football players, but men that fit our culture, and are gonna continue to come in and be great teammates that fit our locker room. There’s no doubt in my mind they’re gonna be a group that is gonna huge reason why we continue having success here, and continuing to build and grow toward winnings championships.”

Below is a look at all of UNT’s signees from Wednesday, including comments from Littrell and highlights.

D’Andre Plantin

OL

6-foot-5, 295 pounds

Virginia Tech (graduate transfer)

Atlanta, Georgia

Littrell: “It was a way to get a guy with a lot of experience in there. He’s a big, physical guy. He’s athletic and fits what we’re trying to get accomplished. The biggest thing, just talking to him, he’s very motivated to come in here and compete, and help us be special. We’re really excited about D’Andre. I know he’ll be a great addition to our program.”

Asher Alberding

3-star TE

6-foot-4, 235 pounds

Clear Lake High School

Houston, Texas

Other offers: Air Force, Kansas, Louisiana-Monroe, Rice, Texas State, Yale

Taylor Jacobs

3-star LB

6-foot-2, 215 pounds

South Grand Prairie High School

Grand Prairie, Texas

Other offers: Texas Tech, McNeese State, Arkansas Tech

Will Kuehne

3-star QB

6-foot-1, 190 pounds

Owasso High School

Owasso, Oklahoma

Other Offers: Maryland, New Mexico, Arkansas State, Brown, Columbia, Cornell

Deshawn Gaddie

3-star DB

6 foot, 190 pounds

Lamar High School

Arlington, Texas

Other offers: SMU, Air Force, Tulane, Louisiana, Louisiana-Monroe, New Mexico, UTEP, Texas State, Wyoming

LeAndre Davis

3-star DB

5-foot-10, 190 pounds

Terry High School

Rosenberg, Texas

Other offers: Army, Texas State

Damon Ward

3-star WR

6 foot, 192 pounds

West Brook High School

Beaumont, Texas

Other offers: Louisiana-Monroe, New Mexico State, Southern Miss, UTEP

Deonte Simpson

3-star WR

6 foot, 192 pounds

West Brook High School

Beaumont, Texas

Other offers: Air Force, Louisiana-Monroe, Cornell

Kealon Jackson

3-star WR

5-foot-9, 163 pounds

Shadow Creek High School

Pearland, Texas

Other offers: West Virginia, Kansas, Florida Atlantic, Hawaii, Tulsa, Louisiana, Louisiana-Monroe, Southern Miss, UNLV, Howard

Daxton Byers

3-star OL

6-foot-5, 295 pounds

Deer Creek High School

Edmond, Oklahoma

Other offers: Navy, Ohio, Texas State, Eastern Michigan

Gabriel Murphy

3-star LB

6-foot-2, 215 pounds

Bishop Lynch High School

Dallas, Texas

Other offers: Air Force, Connecticut, Navy, Texas State, Tulane, UTSA

Grayson Murphy

3-star LB

6-foot-2, 215 pounds

Bishop Lynch High School

Dallas, Texas

Other offers: Air Force, Connecticut, Navy, Texas State, Tulane, UTSA

Kenneth Dotson

3-star DL

6-foot-3, 255 pounds

Lamar High School

Houston, Texas

Other offers: Massachusetts

Dorian Morris

3-star DB

5-foot-10, 162 pounds

Poteet High School

Mesquite, Texas

Other offers: Louisiana Tech, Navy, SMU, Texas State, Tulane

John Brunner

3-star OL

6-foot-5, 300 pounds

Brock High School

Brock, Texas

Other offers: Texas State, Stephen F. Austin

Jevin Murray

3-star DB

5-foot-11, 175 pounds

Shadow Creek High School

Pearland, Texas

Other offers: Louisville, Memphis, Oregon State, Army, Florida Atlantic, Tulane, Arkansas State, Louisiana, Louisiana-Monroe, New Mexico, Southern Miss, UTSA, South Alabama

Oscar Adaway III

3-star RB

6 foot, 208 pounds

North Little Rock High School

North Little Rock, Arkansas

Other offers: Colorado State, Southern Miss, Texas State

Chris Cassidy

3-star OL

6-foot-4, 275 pounds

Angleton High School

Angleton, Texas

Other offers: Louisiana, McNeese State

David Sow

3-star DL

6-foot-4, 240 pounds

Navarro College

Corsicana, Texas

Other offers: Oklahoma State, San Diego State, Colorado State, New Mexico South Alabama

Littrell: “I think David, with his length, his athleticism, his quick-twitch, there’s no doubt in my mind, him getting in here, learning our system.”

Kevin Wood

3-star LB

6 foot, 200 pounds

Judson High School

Converse, Texas

Other offers: Texas State, New Mexico State, Liberty

Khatib Lyles

3-star WR

6-foot-2, 190 pounds

Parkland High School

El Paso, Texas

Other offers: Texas Tech, Utah, Indiana, Kansas, Air Force, Louisiana-Monroe, New Mexico State, Southern Miss, UTEP, New Mexico, Liberty

Littrell: “We’ve been recruiting Khatib for a long time. We offered him way back in, a long time ago. We went and watched him this past spring and knew he was a player that fit our program, fit what we’re trying to do offensively. He’s a very sharp kid, comes from a military family. We know that he’s very driven.”

Quinn Whitlock

DB

6 foot, 195 pounds

Copiah-Lincoln Community College

Wesson, Mississippi

Other offers: N/A

Littrell: “With Quinn, obviously losing two corners, it’s guy that can come in here and realy compete, step up. It reminds me a lot of Kemon (Hall), coming out of junior college. But what’s more impressive with (Whitlock), he qualified out of high school. He’s a very sharp kid, great smile. I know he’s gonna add that maturity to that room right off the bat. He’ll have that confidence.”

Jimmy Walker

2-star DL

6-foot-3, 255 pounds

Lutheran North High School

Houston, Texas

Other offers: New Mexico, Tulane, UTSA