Logan Holgorsen was rounding second base in a game of kickball at what is now Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock in the early 2000s when he found out just how big an arm then-Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell has.
"Coach Harrell was pitching," Holgorsen said. "I kicked it and he nailed me going around second."
Those memories and the time Holgorsen shared with Harrell played a role in North Texas picking up a commitment from the son of West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen on Monday.
Holgorsen, a 6-foot-1 quarterback, announced his decision on Twitter:
Harrell was a player at Texas Tech at the same time Dana Holgorsen was the Red Raiders offensive coordinator and Seth Littrell was the team's running backs coach.
Littrell is now UNT's head coach, while Harrell is the Mean Green's offensive coordinator. The pair used their connections to the Holgorsen family to pick up its first commitment from the Class of 2019.
Verbal commitments are non-binding. The first day players in the Class of 2019 can sign national letters of intent is during the early signing period from Dec. 20-22, 2018.
"I like what coach Littrell and coach Harrell are doing at North Texas, and they have a connection with my family," Holgorsen said. "They are awesome people. Coach Harrell is a great dude and a great player. His football IQ is really high. They can help me become a better player."
It's been years since Holgorsen was hanging out at the Texas Tech football offices with Littrell and Harrell, but he quickly decided UNT was the place he wants to be because of the pair. Holgorsen will make his first trip to Denton in the next few weeks.
Holgorsen said he considered the possibility of playing for his father at West Virginia, but he and his father thought UNT would be a better option.
"North Texas is the place I always wanted to be," Holgorsen said. "I want to play for coach Littrell and coach Harrell. Playing for my dad has been a thought. He told me that there was no better to place for me to be than at North Texas."
Holgorsen threw for 1,355 yards and 14 touchdowns with seven interceptions as a sophomore at Morgantown High School in West Virginia. He transferred to St. Frances Academy in Baltimore before his junior season this fall, but he ended up serving as the backup to Mississippi State commit Jalon Jones. He returned to Morgantown this fall.
Matt Lacy, the head coach at Morgantown, was thrilled to have Holgorsen back and has gradually worked him back into the lineup over the past few weeks.
"He is a phenomenal kid," Lacy said. "We have added a little more to his plate every game. He threw 18 passes last week. He is our starter moving forward. This is the best situation for him."
Lacy described Holgorsen as a student of the game.
"He is always around the game and talks football with his dad," Lacy said. "Logan has a high football IQ and loves the game. He is always wanting to draw up plays and is interested in the game plan. He works at it."
Dana Holgorsen and Littrell both were members of Texas Tech's coaching staff from 2005-07. Littrell was the Red Raiders running backs coach, while Holgorsen served as offensive coordinator.
Harrell played for Texas Tech from 2005-08.
Littrell has quickly built UNT into a program on the rise. He took a team that finished 1-11 in the season before his arrival to a 5-8 finish and an appearance in the Heart of Dallas Bowl in his debut campaign last fall.
The Mean Green are off to a 4-2 start this season and lead Conference USA with an average of 37.2 points per game behind a spread attack Lacy said will be a good fit for Holgorsen.
Sophomore Mason Fine leads the league with an average of 299.3 passing yards per game. Lacy said Holgorsen is a pocket passer similar to Fine.
Fine will be a senior in 2019, when Holgorsen will be a freshman at UNT.
"Mason has been playing really well," Holgorsen said. "Going in my freshman year, I can learn from him and then try to win the job."
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