High School: North Texas

FM Marcus sends two linemen to area colleges

February, 1, 2012
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Two Flower Mound Marcus linemen decided to stay close to home to play college football.

Defensive lineman Josh Carraway signed with TCU and offensive lineman Ryan Rentfro sent his letter of intent to North Texas on Wednesday. Marcus had 11 total players sign, the school's biggest signing class under head coach Bryan Erwin.

"It's just a great class from top to bottom," Erwin said. "Our kids really developed over the last couple years to earn this opportunity."

Marcus cornerback Deion Sanders Jr. did not sign Wednesday. He held an offer from Houston earlier in the season. It's unclear whether that offer was still on the table after head coach Kevin Sumlin left for Texas A&M.

Sanders addressed his future on his Twitter account Wednesday morning:
" For everybody that wants to know, I will address this now and later on tonight. I have more offers than what you see on Rivals .. Way way more... But I did not sign anywhere today. I will go to Prep School in Atlanta for 5 months and then go to a Division 1 college in January or February of next year."

Frisco RB Harris stays home, signs with UNT

February, 1, 2012
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Running back Carlos Harris helped resurrect Frisco's suffering football program.

He'll have the opportunity to do the same at North Texas.

The District 9-4A MVP signed a national letter of intent Wednesday to play for a Mean Green team that isn't in too different a situation as Frisco was before Harris came along.

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Travis L. Brown/ESPN.comFrisco running back Carlos Harris is staying close to home after signing with North Texas.
Frisco went 1-19 in the 2008 and 2009 seasons. The Raccoons rebounded in 2010 with Harris at quarterback and excelled in 2011 after moving him to running back. Frisco won two playoff games.

North Texas is on a similar arch. It went a dismal 6-37 in 3 1/2 seasons under Todd Dodge but rebounded in 2011 under Dan McCarney with a 5-7 record.

Harris was the workhorse running back in Frisco's Wing-T offense, rushing for 1,722 yards and 21 touchdowns on 223 carries.

The Raccoons weren't the only Frisco ISD team to have a breakout season. Frisco Centennial went undefeated in the regular season and won two playoff games.

Chase Appleby lead a formidable front seven that fueled Centennial's run. He signed with Wyoming on Wednesday.

Pinkston cornerback switches from Tech to UNT

January, 31, 2011
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Dallas Pinkston cornerback Freddie Warner has verbally committed to North Texas, changing his pick from Texas Tech.

Warner, a three-star recruit, had committed to Tech in June. The 5-foot-9, 165-pounder also had offeres from Colorado State and UTEP.

Wednesday is the first day 2011 recruits can sign national letters of intent.

Frisco Wakeland's Smiley signs with KU

February, 3, 2010
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Frisco Wakeland tight end Trent Smiley signed with Kansas on Wednesday.

"Trent has a tremendous opportunity at the next level with Kansas," said Wakeland head coach Marty Secord. "His character and class along with his ability make him the total package."

Plano West offensive lineman Chase White signed with Vanderbilt. Flower Mound linebacker Steven Sumpter signed with Air Force. Little Elm defensive end Clifton Murphy signed with TCU.

Hebron defensive end Paul Crawford signed with Mississippi State. Pilot Point offensive tackle Cam Feldt signed with Arkansas. West Mesquite guard Demiere Burkett signed with Louisiana-Monroe.

Argyle linebacker Blake Dunham and defensive tackle David Johnson signed with North Texas and TCU, respectively.

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