National Signing Day 2009: North Texas

North Texas head football coach Todd Dodge has announced that 21 players have signed National Letters of Intent to play for the Mean Green beginning this fall.  Wednesday was the first day that football players were eligible to sign letters of intent for the 2009 season.

Among the 2009 class are 13 high school seniors and eight transfers.  Five of the transfers are currently enrolled at North Texas and will participate in spring football practice.  Of the high school seniors, 11 are from the state of Texas while two were recruited from Louisiana.

There are 11 defensive players in the group, including six that were recruited to play along the defensive front.  Of the nine offensive players that signed, six are wide receivers, three are offensive linemen and one is a quarterback.  A kicker/punter rounds out the class of 21.

“I am very pleased with the quality and versatility of the football players that have agreed to come play for the Mean Green this fall,” head coach Todd Dodge said.  “It is a very well-rounded group of athletes that addresses all of the needs that we discussed as a staff following last season.  I am pleased with the tireless effort of my assistant coaches, who worked diligently until we had everybody signed.  This class will definitely increase the level of competition on the practice field which will help us achieve the success that our fans deserve.”

   Shavod Atkinson, DL, 6-2, 298, Independence (Mo.) CC
   Will Atterberry, K-P, 5-11, 170, Lewisville (Texas) HS
   Jeremy Bean, OL, 6-5, 310, NE Oklahoma A&M
   Chevy Bennett, DB, 6-1, 182, Sachse (Texas) HS
   Ryan Boutwell, DL, 6-3, 225, China Spring (Texas) HS
   Darius Carey, DB-WR, 5-10, 185, Helen Cox HS, Harvey, La.
   Austin Fitzpatrick, TE-WR, 6-3, 215, Friendswood (Texas) HS
   Hilbert Jackson, DB, 6-0, 165, Rowlett (Texas) HS
   Jamaal Jackson, WR, 5-11, 175, Southwest Mississippi CC
   Kelvin Jackson, DL, 6-2, 320, Itawamba (Miss.) JC
   Daniel Mayberry, WR, 6-0, 175, Lincoln HS, Dallas
   John Noble, OL, 6-6, 288, Rockwall (Texas) HS
   Mike Outlaw, WR, 5-11, 190, East Mississippi CC
   Daniel Prior, LB, 6-2, 210, Henderson (Texas) HS
   Ira Smith, DB, 5-11, 180, Mississippi Gulf Coast JC
   De'Andre Stewart, DB, 5-11, 185, North Forest HS, Houston
   Tyler Stradford, WR, 6-2, 175, Oklahoma/Perry Walker HS, New Orleans
   Derek Thompson, QB, 6-4, 200, Glen Rose (Texas) HS
   John Weber, DL, 6-3, 265, Itawamba (Miss.) CC
   Kyle White, DL, 6-2, 318, McDonogh HS, New Orleans

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