David Sow, a member of North Texas’ 2019 recruiting class, is planning to continue his career at Texas A&M-Kingsville.
Sow confirmed to the Denton Record-Chronicle on Thursday that he will not join the Mean Green and plans to play at the Division II school.
The Navarro College product was expected to be with the Mean Green for the beginning of fall practice on Aug. 2 but did not report.
UNT coach Seth Littrell declined to comment on the status of Sow and high school defensive end Kenneth Dotson after the opening of fall drills.
Dotson also missed the beginning of fall practice but later reported.
A school spokesman said that UNT’s staff hoped that Sow would join the team at a later date.
Those hopes have come to an end.
Sow said his plans to join the Mean Green “didn’t work out.”
A Texas A&M-Kingsville spokesman said Sow has yet to join the program.
The 6-4, 240-pound former Woodrow Wilson standout was one of the more highly regarded players in UNT’s recruiting class. He is ranked as a three-star prospect by 247Sports. The site rated him at No. 14 on its composite rankings of the top junior college weakside defensive ends in the Class of 2019.
UNT lost starting defensive end Roderick Young to graduation after last season.
Seniors LaDarius Hamilton and Tuulau Sa’afi were listed at the top of UNT’s depth chart at one defensive end spot after spring practice with Darrian McMillan and Caleb Colvin on the other side.
Hamilton is a preseason All-Conference USA selection.
UNT added Fullerton College defensive end Asher Frow over the summer. The addition of Frow bolstered UNT’s depth and could help fill the void created by losing Sow.
UNT has yet to release its fall depth chart ahead of its season opener on Aug. 31 at home against Abilene Christian, but the Mean Green’s coaches and players have spoken highly of Hamilton and Sa’afi throughout fall practice.
UNT will lean on those veteran players with Sow out of the picture.
UNT’s 2019 recruiting class that included Sow was rated No. 4 among C-USA programs by 247Sports.