Jalen Adams didn’t stay long at North Texas last weekend, when the Mean Green knocked off UTEP at Apogee Stadium.
The Moore (Okla.) Southmoore wide receiver arrived a little late for his visit and left a short time later, but liked what he saw and committed Thursday.
Adams, a 5-11, 170-pound senior, is ranked No. 16 by The Oklahoman on its list of the top prospects in the state.
“They are competing for championships,” Adams said of UNT. “That is what I want to be a part of. There were NFL scouts there at the game. North Texas is going to help me become a high-caliber player.”
UNT also recently picked up a commitment from Red Oak cornerback Garrett Davis, according to his high school coach, Mike Shields.
Oral commitments are nonbinding. The first day recruits in the class of 2014 can sign national letters of intent is Feb. 5.
Adams was an All-District 6A-4 selection last season, when he finished with 766 receiving yards and eight touchdowns. He finished with 37 receptions for 380 yards this season.
UNT tight ends coach Nick Quartaro recruited Adams, who is ranked nationally in the 200-meter dash and was a three-year starter for Southmoore.
The SaberCats were eliminated from the playoff hunt in their final game of the regular season.
“When we first got him, he was just a really fast track kid,” Southmoore coach Jeff Brickman said. “His junior year, he started to develop as a wide receiver. He has a good work ethic and should be a good player for North Texas.”
Adams said he choose UNT over offers from Ohio, Tulsa, Indiana, New Mexico State and Air Force.
UNT entered the picture late in the recruiting process. Brickman said that Adams waited to see if any other schools would offer him a scholarship and saw his options dwindle.
UNT quickly capitalized and landed Adams, who Brickman said found a good fit in UNT due to the proximity of his home to Denton and the direction the Mean Green is headed under coach Dan McCarney.
UNT improved to 7-3 win a 41-7 win over UTEP with Adams in the stands at Apogee.
“I like how North Texas is turning the program around the throwing the ball around,” Adams said. “I like who they are, what they are about and that I will be close to home.”
Davis had offers from other Division I schools, largely because of his physical attributes as a 6-foot, 185-pound cornerback with good speed.
“We timed him twice in the 4.5s [in the 40-yard dash],” Shields said. “College receivers have gotten bigger. You need bigger corners to compete. He worked really hard in the offseason to get stronger and faster. He has a lot of upside.”
Davis also had offers from Louisiana Tech and UTEP and was a second-team All-District 15-4A selection last season.