North Texas added its 11th player to its 2013 recruiting class, as wide receiver Turner Smiley (Frisco, Texas/Wakeland) gave his verbal commitment early Sunday evening.
Recruited by special teams and tight ends coach Kent Riddle, Smiley chose North Texas over an offer from Navy. The 6-foot-1, 175-pound receiver ran the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds at a UTEP camp over the summer.
Smiley attended North Texas’ Oct. 16 home game against Louisiana-Lafayette, a Tuesday-night affair that saw the Mean Green score a 30-23, come-from-behind victory. He said he was a fan of the future of the program and the fact that the players have bought into head coach Dan McCarney’s system.
“I really like the coaching staff. They’re all really good guys,” Smiley said. “The program is building up, and they’re going to Conference USA next year. I think that’s a good place to go.”
Smiley has 59 receptions for 854 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior. His 59 catches are more than double than Wakeland’s second-leading receiver. Smiley caught 40 passes for 663 yards and six touchdowns as a junior.
“I feel like I can be another option for the quarterback to look for,” Smiley said. “I’m willing to fill any role the team needs me to.”