An interesting twist of fate is going on at the University of North Texas. New coach Todd Dodge has left a lasting impression on three east Texas teammates during his time at Southlake (Texas) Carroll.
Lufkin High School stars A.J. Penson, Jeremy Claybon and Ralph Thomas are taking an official visit to North Texas in two weeks.
"I know our guys have a lot of respect for Coach Dodge after years of playing Southlake," Lufkin coach John Outlaw said. "Penson has a tremendous motor at linebacker, Claybon wants to go somewhere to play quarterback and Ralph wants to go somewhere to play football and baseball."
Penson (6-1, 220-pounds) is a all-district selection defensive end, while Claybon threw for more yards than former Panther Reggie McNeal who starred at Texas A&M.
Thomas has an opportunity to pursue two sports, but would play defensive back or the slot receiver in football.
While the trio is looking at North Texas, four-star wide-out Dez Bryant is looking strongly at LSU, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State.
"Dez is getting close with his grades," Outlaw said. "I think he's got a chance."