When Austin Lake Travis offensive lineman Hunter Siddons evaluated the opportunity to play for North Texas this summer, he thought a whole lot about what could be ahead for the Mean Green instead of what has happened in the past.
Lake Travis head coach Hank Carter has little doubt UNT’s coaches looked at one of his best offensive linemen in the same way.
Siddons has started only one season, was a second team All-District 25-4A selection and missed all of spring practice with a shoulder injury that prevented many college coaches from seeing just how much he has developed since the middle of last season.
“What happens with a lot of big kids is it takes them awhile for their feet to catch up,” Carter said. “The light bulb has come on this spring. He was moving great, as good as any of our down linemen.
“North Texas was pretty smart to go after him. If he had been able to work out in the spring, he would have 15-20 offers right now.”
Siddons (6-5, 293 pounds) has only one offer at this point from UNT and decided to accept it late Monday afternoon.
Oral commitments are non-binding. The first day recruits in the class of 2013 can sign national letters of intent is Feb. 6.
Baylor and UT-San Antonio have also showed interest in Siddons, who visited UNT for its Junior Day last year.
“I love the campus and the whole setup,” Siddons said. “They are getting ready to do great things. They have a new coaching staff and you can see they are building up the program. They are keeping up with great teams.
“I went up there for Junior Day. The stadium was amazing. It was brand new. It just felt like something great that I could be a part of.”
Siddons was recruited by UNT cornerbacks coach Justin Gaines.
Siddons said that UNT recruited him as a right tackle. He has played guard throughout his high school career.
Carter believes Siddons’ combination of size and mobility will allow him to play multiple positions at UNT.
“It will depend on what kind of athletes they have on the line when he gets there,” Carter said. “We want our guards to be bigger. I would have thought he would be a guard a few years ago, but with the way he has developed, he can play tackle.”
Siddons’ development can be attributed in part to playing for one of the elite high school programs in the state. Lake Travis has won five straight state titles.
“We have been playing great teams,” Siddons said. “That has helped me get a lot better physically and mentally.”
That improvement helped put Siddons on the map as a college football recruit.
Siddons is hoping he can play a role in helping UNT make a similar transition as a program under head coach Dan McCarney.
UNT finished 5-7 in McCarney’s debut campaign a year ago, marking the Mean Green’s best season since 2004.
“There is a lot of excitement at North Texas,” Siddons said. “They have turned the program around as a whole. A lot of people are going to start paying attention to them.”
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The following is a list of players who have orally committed to become members of North Texas 2013 signing class: