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Thursday, January 24, 2013
4-star ILB ready for UNT visit

By Damon Sayles

North Texas has yet to score a four-star commit this season, but this weekend could big for the Mean Green -- particularly for the defense.

Middle linebacker Kahlee Woods (Sherman, Texas/Sherman) will take a trip to Denton, Texas, this weekend. The 6-foot, 232-pound linebacker is making his third visit, as he visited Colorado State last week and New Mexico last month.

“I just want to see what it’s all about,” said Woods, ranked the No. 21 middle linebacker in the nation and the No. 61 player in Texas in the Class of 2013. “They told me I’m at the top of their board. I just want to see how it is there and if my parents enjoy it. Mostly, I want to see if I’ll enjoy it.”

Woods’ top four includes North Texas, Texas Tech, Colorado State and New Mexico. Of the four, Texas Tech has yet to offer, but Woods said the Red Raiders are close -- so close that he’ll visit Lubbock, Texas, the week of Feb. 1.

Overall, Woods has additional offers from Louisiana Tech, SMU, Rice and Central Florida, among other schools. This week, however, Woods’ undivided attention belongs to North Texas.

Part of his reasoning for wanting to visit was because of his former Sherman teammate, Mean Green running back Zac Whitfield, a redshirt freshman defensive back. Whitfield has been speaking highly about the program and has been talking to Woods about the future of Mean Green football.

“He said it’s great there,” Woods said. “He had a lot of options, too, but he said he chose UNT because it really meant something to him. For him to say that, I’ve got to check it out.”

Woods is being recruited to North Texas by defensive coordinator John Skladany. Woods has been a first-team, all-district selection for the last two seasons. He finished his senior season with 139 tackles, two sacks, two interceptions and four caused fumbles. Woods averaged almost 13 tackles per game.