Ever since his performance at the Dallas Nike Football Training Camp at the end of March, offensive lineman Brad North (Allen, Texas) and watched his recruiting stock rise significantly.
Prior to the NFTC, North had zero offers. Three weeks later, he has three offers and several schools showing high interest. The 6-foot-2, 280-pound offensive lineman picked up an offer from Arkansas State – his third offer overall – on Thursday, and over the weekend, he made the trip to Jonesboro, Ark., to take in football and campus living, along with Allen teammates Michael Jacob and Byron Bonds.
“It went really well. Everyone has really treated me great, and the coaches seem to know what they’re doing here,” North said. “I am very impressed by what they have accomplished here at Arkansas State. My teammates and I really enjoyed this opportunity, and overall, I’d have to say we had a great time.”
North said he left Arkansas State with the idea that the team exudes a high competitive nature and a definite expectation to win often. Recruited by tight ends coach Dean Jackson, North said he had a chance to speak with several coaches, including head coach Gus Malzahn.
“It was a great honor, and he seems like a heck of a guy,” North said of Malzahn. “[He was] very insightful on what he wants and has plans for that program. I believe he can accomplish it.
“He said I reminded him a lot of [Tulsa lineman] Clint Anderson, who is a legend at our high school. I thanked him but also said I still have a lot to work on, as anyone does.”
North has additional offers from Northwestern and Washington State. He also has received high interest from New Mexico, Nebraska, Boise State, UTSA, Minnesota and Purdue. Part of his success stems from the NFTC, where he earned the offensive lineman MVP award against several linemen who have already committed to BCS schools.
North, recruited as a center but also is comfortable at the guard spot, said that while recognized at the NFTC was a great honor, competing against some of the best 2013 and 2014 players was the most important thing he got out of the camp.
“In terms of recruiting, it’s opened the door to great things,” North said. “I’d say it has increased my recruiting a lot, and my name is getting out there. I’m really excited about that.”