Trevor Moore is well aware of just how hard it can be to land a scholarship for even the best of high school kickers.
Many start out as walk-ons in college, looking to land a starting job and the scholarship that often goes along with it.
Moore received an offer from North Texas up front over the weekend and immediately jumped on the opportunity to commit to the Mean Green. The Edmond (Okla.) North standout participated in a Kohl’s kicking camp at UNT prior to Friday Night Lights, the program’s final camp of the summer for high school players.
“That was pretty cool that they were willing to offer me a scholarship,” Moore said. “A lot of kickers have to wait until after their senior seasons. I wanted to jump on it.”
New Mexico and Arkansas State had also shown interest in Moore.
Oral commitments are non-binding. The first day recruits in the class of 2014 can sign national letters of intent is Feb. 5.
Moore enters his senior season as one of the top kicking prospects in the nation. ESPN and the website Kohl’s Kicking both rate Moore No. 22 on their lists of the top kickers in the class of 2014.
Jamie Kohl, one of the founders of Kohl’s Kicking, kicked at Iowa State under current UNT head coach Dan McCarney.
Moore quickly developed a relationship with McCarney and special teams coordinator Tommy Perry after UNT began recruiting him. The comfort Moore felt with UNT’s staff and the proximity of the school to his home in Edmond and relatives who live in Texas were factors in Moore’s decision to kick for the Mean Green.
“It’s only three hours away from home, and I have family in Denton and Muenster, which is only a half an hour away,” Moore said. “I also like the new facilities and coach Perry and coach McCarney. Coach Perry is really committed to special teams and likes to get to know his kickers.”
Zach Olen is entering his senior season after serving as UNT’s kicker for the last three years. Olen’s impending depature also made the opportunity to play for the Mean Green appealing to Moore, who was an honorable mention all-state selection in Oklahoma last season.
The highlight of Moore’s season came in a 34-12 loss to top-ranked Jenks in the Class 6A playoffs. Moore kicked four field goals, including one from 43 yards out.
That performance helped Moore catch the attention of UNT’s coaches and land a scholarship with what he believes is an improving program.
“North Texas is on the rise,” Moore said. “Coach Mac is rebuilding North Texas. He’s a good speaker and gets his players motivated.”
UNT FOOTBALL RECRUITS
The following is a list of players who have orally committed to sign with UNT in 2014
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Edmond, Okla (North)