Jordan Nichols built a relationship with Clay Jennings long before North Texas shuffled its staff in the offseason.
That turnover allowed UNT to add Jennings as cornerbacks coach and played a role in the Mean Green landing a commitment from Nichols, a safety at Waco Connally.
Nichols announced his commitment to UNT on Twitter on Friday and talked about his decision a short time later.
“North Texas felt like home,” Nichols said. “The environment and city reminded me of home. They have a very good coaching staff that made me feel like family.”
Jennings recruited Nichols and played a key role in making the 6-foot, 190-pound senior comfortable with continuing his career with the Mean Green. Jennings joined UNT’s staff this spring after spending one season at Texas Tech.
“I have known coach Jennings since he was at Texas Tech,” Nichols said. “He is from Waco as well; he went to La Vega. That made me more comfortable.”
Oral commitments are nonbinding. The early signing period begins Dec. 18, with national signing day Feb. 5.
UNT was the first program to offer a scholarship to Nichols, who finished with 53 tackles and an interception last season.
“That meant a lot to me,” Nichols said. “A lot of other schools were talking about coming to camp.”
Nichols visited UNT on Thursday and was impressed with what the school has to offer.
“It was a good experience,” Nichols said. “They have some good facilities and the university was nice. That new indoor facility was impressive.”
Nichols is the 14th player to join UNT’s 2020 recruiting class, which is ranked No. 1 in Conference USA by 247Sports. The site rates all of the players who have committed to UNT from the class of 2020 as three-star prospects.