R.D. Wegmann felt a little nervous during Wichita Falls’ annual Fan Fest on Thursday night, when he was scheduled to speak to a crowd of fans, parents and friends.
Wichita Falls Rider coach Marc Bindel didn’t help matters when he introduced Wegmann to the crowd that had gathered to honor three local high schools and announced that his star lineman had committed to North Texas.
“I had no idea he was going to say anything,” Wegmann said Friday morning. “I was going to wait until today to let all the colleges know.”
Wegmann handled that change in plans and the extra butterflies it caused in his stomach well. The experience was in stark contrast to the comfort level Wegmann found with UNT’s program that led him to finalize his college decision.
Wegmann committed to play for the Mean Green over offers from Air Force, Colorado State and Texas State.
Oral commitments are nonbinding. The first day recruits in the class of 2015 can sign national letters of intent is Feb. 4.
“The coaching staff and that North Texas is close to home are big for me,” Wegmann said. “I have been down there so many times I can’t even count.”
Wegmann, who is 6-3 and 255 pounds, was recruited as a defensive lineman who could play tackle or end, depending on the way he develops.
Tight ends coach Nick Quartaro led UNT’s efforts to land Wegmann, who was a first-team All-District 5-4A selection last season.
Wegmann said he does not have a preference in terms of which position he plays.
What was more important to Wegmann is the fit he found at UNT, a school with which he has several connections. Wegmann grew up playing baseball and spent several weekends playing select games in the Denton area.
Wegmann’s former teammate Harrison Sorge is a redshirt freshman offensive lineman at UNT.
“I have always driven past it and it didn’t look like much,” Wegmann said of UNT. “I got to go down inside campus when I visited. It’s great. I will be in the business department a lot and it’s all brand-new.”
Wegmann said earlier this summer that he planned to play his senior season before deciding where to continue his career. Those plans changed once he learned more about UNT.
“I wanted to wait to commit, but it just felt like the right time,” Wegmann said. “I’m confident in my decision.”
BRETT VITO can be reached at 940-566-6870 or via Twitter at @brettvito.