Kennedale linebacker Fred Scott loved the family atmosphere at North Texas when he visited the school.
The fact he would have family with him in Denton as well made the decision of where to continue his college career an easy one.
Scott has always been close to his sister, Desiree Scott, who is a sophomore at UNT. They will be back together at the same school just like they were in elementary school and high school after Scott committed to play for the Mean Green this week.
Oral commitments are non-binding. The first day recruits in the class of 2013 can sign national letters of intent is Feb. 6.
“It was very important to me to stay close to home,” Scott said. “My sister, Desiree, goes to school there. We are like best friends. We went to elementary school and high school together and worked together over the summer.”
While UNT was always high on Scott’s list of potential destinations, it was far from his only option. Texas State also offered him a scholarship, and Louisiana Tech was actively recruiting him.
Scott went on an official visit to Louisiana Tech last week.
UNT running backs coach Mike Grant recruited Scott, who could play either inside or outside linebacker for the Mean Green, depending on the way he develops.
Scott (5-foot-11, 210 pounds) plays outside linebacker for Kennedale and was an honorable mention all-district selection last season, when he also saw time at running back. He posted 577 yards and eight rushing touchdowns in 2011 but is playing primarily on defense this season.
“He’s a good player and has been on the varsity team for three years,” Kennedale head coach Richard Barrett said. “He can do a lot of things. He wore down last year when we played him at several spots. We went straight defense with him this year. He has great hands and great feet and is football savvy.”
Scott is part of a highly regarded corps of linebackers at Kennedale that also includes middle linebacker Brett Wade, who has committed to Texas A&M.
With Wade entrenched at middle linebacker, it made sense for Kennedale to play Scott on the outside.
Scott has the skills that would allow him to move inside, if that is what UNT needs him to do.
“In talking with coach Grant, he could do a lot for them,” Barrett said. “He could get to 240 and play in the middle or get to 225 and play on the outside, but I think he would be best inside.”
UNT began recruiting Scott in the spring. He said Grant and defensive coordinator John Skladany have been talking with him about his potential role at UNT and sold him on playing for the Mean Green.
Scott expects Louisiana Tech to continue recruiting him but said that his commitment to UNT is solid.
“I visited Louisiana Tech, but they have not offered,” Scott said. “I felt like it was the right time to commit. Tech will probably keep recruiting me, but I’m solid to UNT.”
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The following is a list of players who have orally committed to become members of the North Texas 2013 signing class:
Valor Christian (Colo.)
Fort Bend Elkins
Wichita Falls Rider
Fort Bend Austin
* Transfer currently enrolled at UNT