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Football: Highly regarded wide receiver Antonio Gage commits to UNT

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Brett Vito, Staff Writer

North Texas picked up a commitment from Dallas Madison wide receiver Antonio Gage on Thursday. 

Gage is No. 30 in The Dallas Morning News rankings of the top prospects in the Dallas-Fort Worth area for the class of 2018. He is No. 162 nationally among wide receivers in the 247Sports composite rankings.

The site ranks Gage as a three-star prospect.

Gage announced his decision on his Twitter account. 

Gage helped lead Madison to an 8-3 season and a playoff appearance last season, when he showed his versatility. The 6-foot, 170-pound senior threw for 761 yards and eight touchdowns. He rushed for 741 yards and nine  touchdowns. Gage also caught nine passes for 201 yards and a touchdown.

Gage was named the utility MVP of District 6-3A (Division I)  as a junior.

Oral commitments are nonbinding. The first day recruits in the class of 2018 can sign national letters of intent is Feb. 1. 

SMU, Louisiana Tech, Utah, Minnesota and Illinois are among more than a half-dozen schools that have offered Gage a scholarship.

Gage indicated in his announcement that he was recruited by UNT cornerbacks coach Nate Brown and that he would not grant interviews to talk about his decision. He did recently speak with Scout.com about the recruiting process and what he believes his strengths as a player are.

"I bring a lot to the table," Gage told Greg Powers. "I feel like I can do anything."

UNT is entering its second season under coach Seth Littrell and looking to upgrade its talent at the skill positions to better run its spread offense.

Gage could help UNT reach that goal and is among the top-rated players to commit to the Mean Green in the last few years. He joins what is now a four-player class that includes former Ryan defensive tackle Dayton LeBlanc, another three-star player.

UNT now has the second-rated recruiting class in Conference USA behind Texas-San Antonio, according to 247Sports.