One of the greats from North Texas’ past helped the Mean Green land a player who hopes to be a significant part of their future over the weekend.
Tavorice Weaver, a cornerback who will play for Dallas Madison this fall, committed to the Mean Green on Sunday night.
Weaver announced his commitment on Twitter and talked about the role Reggie Pegram played in it a short time later.
Weaver played for Dallas Woodrow Wilson last season before transferring to Madison over the summer. Pegram, a former UNT running back who was a member of the Mean Green’s 2013 Heart of Dallas Bowl championship team, is the recruiting coordinator and an assistant coach at Madison.
Weaver said that Pegram didn’t push him to commit to UNT but did give him some insight on the school.
“He told me North Texas is a great school, that the community is great and so are the people,” Weaver said.
The more Weaver looked at what UNT has to offer, the more he came to agree with that assessment.
“I can see myself having a better opportunity at North Texas than the other schools that recruited me,” he said. “If football doesn’t work out, I can build a career. I want to be an entrepreneur if I don’t play in the NFL.”
Weaver, who is 5-foot-10 and 185 pounds, intercepted six passes last season at Wilson.
Liberty, Illinois State, Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Midwestern State also offered Weaver a scholarship. He is rated as a three-star prospect by 247Sports.
UNT defensive coordinator Troy Reffett and cornerbacks coach Clay Jennings recruited Weaver.
Oral commitments are nonbinding. The early signing period for players in the class of 2020 begins on Dec. 18 with national signing day to follow on Feb. 5.
Weaver has developed a relationship with Pegram in his short time at Madison. Pegram rushed for 867 yards and 11 touchdowns in the 2013 and 2014 seasons.
Weaver said his man-to-man coverage skills are his biggest asset. Those talents are what landed him on the radar of UNT’s coaches.
UNT relies heavily on cornerbacks who excel in man coverage in Reffett’s 3-3-5 scheme.
“I feel like I can have impact right away,” Weaver said. “When I talked to coach Jennings, he said I could make an impact in their defense.”
Weaver is the 16th player to commit to join UNT’s 2020 recruiting class, which is currently ranked No. 1 in Conference USA by 247Sports.