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Ogunmakin cites UNT's recent success as key reason for commitment

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Brett Vito, Staff Writer

Austin Ogunmakin watched  over the last few months as North Texas put up video game-like numbers offensively while rising to the top of Conference USA's West Division.

What the Alief Hastings wide receiver saw convinced him to commit to the Mean Green. Ogunmakin announced his decision on Twitter on Thursday.

"North Texas is the best fit for me with how its offense is set up,"  Ogunmakin said. "It's fast paced and they put up a lot of points. That is the kind of offense I want to play in."

UNT enters its homecoming game on Saturday against UTEP ranked second in C-USA with an average of 35.9 points per game.

Oral commitments are non-binding. The first day recruits in the Class of 2018 can sign letters of intent is during the early signing that begins on Dec. 20. 

Ogunmakin, who is 6-foot-3 and 181 pounds, said he plans on signing with UNT on national signing day  on Feb. 7.

Ogunmakin has more than 600 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns so far this season. He was a first-team All-District 23-6A selection last year.

Louisiana-Lafayette, Texas State and Northwestern State also offered Ogunmakin a scholarship. UNT wide receivers coach Joel Filani and special teams coordinator Marty Biagi recruited Ogunmakin, who is rated as a three-star recruit by 247Sports. 

UNT recruited Ogunmakin as an outside receiver, but he can also play in the slot.

"UNT is getting a great young man and a great athlete,"  Hastings coach David Martel said. "He will fit in very well. I have seen UNT play. They have some receivers who can go. He will fit in with them."

Ogunmakin attended a UNT camp over the summer.

"I enjoyed the atmosphere and how coach Filani worked his drills," said Ogunmakin, who has been impressed with what UNT has accomplished so far in two seasons under Seth Littrell.

UNT fell in to Army in the Heart of Dallas Bowl last season is is bowl-eligible again this season at 6-3.

"I have seen what they have done to get to No. 1 in the conference and what they are doing in recruiting," Ogunmakin said. "They are bringing in a lot of athletes. It will be a good fit."