UNT recruiting blog

North Texas wide receiver Michael Lawrence (32) celebrates with teammates after scoring a touchdown during the Mean Green's game against Louisiana Tech last season at Apogee Stadium.

North Texas and Louisiana Tech have played epic games in football the last two years.

Louisiana Tech missed a potential game-winning field goal in the final three minutes two years ago, when UNT hung on for a 24-23 win. The Bulldogs came back last season for a 29-27 win when Amik Robertson blocked Cole Hedlund's 46-yard field goal attempt with 41 seconds left.

The teams are going at it again this summer, this time on the recruiting trail.

UNT has done a terrific job bringing talented players to Denton since head coach Seth Littrell revamped his recruiting operation and hired Luke Walerius to run the show.

The Mean Green have a great class going, one that was the consensus top group in Conference USA until recently when Louisiana Tech jumped to No. 1.

The Bulldogs have gone on a run recently, one that included the addition of highly regarded Katy offensive lineman Dakota White. 

Those additions have Louisiana Tech sitting at No. 1 in both the 247Sports rankings that I believe are the most accurate and the Rivals rankings.

There is a long way to go before national signing day and neither team has filled out its class yet.  Louisiana Tech has 20 players committed, but only 17 of those players have been rated and counted toward its 247 score. 

A couple of highly regarded junior college players who have committed to Louisiana Tech will likely be rated soon, including defensive end DaMarcus Mitchell.

UNT's has a higher average score per player than Louisiana Tech and every one of its 16 recruits are rated as three-star players. The Bulldogs have a pair of two-star players in their class.

The Mean Green will end up near the top of the rankings if they fill out the rest of their class with players of the same caliber of the ones they have already landed. 

UNT finished fourth in 247Sports C-USA class rankings last season behind Florida Atlantic, Marshall and UAB. FAU made a late run last season and ended up with the league's top class. 

Part of the fun of the offseason is tracking how a conference's teams are progressing when it comes to building for the future.

UNT is doing well as usual. 

The Mean Green just aren't on top at the moment after Louisiana Tech added some highly regarded players in the last few days.

Will UNT respond?

Stay tuned.

BRETT VITO can be reached at 940-566-6870 and via Twitter at @brettvito.

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