Flower Mound (Texas) Marcus has a wealth of FBS talent. The Marauders have at least a half dozen players who should wind up playing at that level and, after Monday, two have already committed.
The versatile Cade Erwin, who has played several positions during his high school career, took to Twitter on Monday to announce his commitment to North Texas. Erwin joins four-star offensive tackle teammate Keaton Sutherland, a Texas A&M pledge, as Marcus' two committed 2015 prospects.
Officially committed to ball out at the next level for Coach McCarney and the Mean Green!! #GMG— Cade Erwin (@C_Erwin47) July 7, 2014
Erwin, who has played quarterback, receiver, running back, and on defense, will play safety for the Mean Green, who got a commitment July 2 from fellow defensive back Ashton Preston of Edmond (Okla.) Santa Fe.
"The biggest two (factors) were the coaching staff and the direction of the program," said Erwin, emphasizing North Texas head coach Dan McCarney. "I love the mentality that the coaches have established with the players at UNT. I'm very confident that under Coach Mac, the program will go nowhere but up, and I want to be a part of that."
North Texas enters the 2014 season after finishing last year 9-4 with a Heart Of Dallas Bowl victory against UNLV. That was the Mean Green's first bowl appearance since 2004, its first bowl victory since 2002, and its second bowl win in program history.
Erwin played multiple roles for Marcus in 2013. He caught 12 passes for 129 yards and one touchdown, while rushing 36 times for 136 yards and one score. He also played extensively on defense, primarily as a safety, which is where he said North Texas wants him.
"I'll be playing safety with coach Perry Carter. He's new to the staff this year," Erwin said. "I can't wait to play for him and coach (LaMarcus) Hicks, the other DB's coach."
The Marcus spring game in late May gave me opportunity to see Erwin in person. New head coach Gerry Stanford used Erwin as a receiver and an in-the-box nickel, where he located the ball well and did not show any reluctance to mix it up against the run. He possesses good acceleration and plays strong for a player who's south of 200 pounds.
Erwin is the fifth commitment in North Texas' 2015 class, joining the aforementioned Preston, Canton (Texas) defensive end Sam Miller, Whitehouse (Texas) cornerback Nate Brooks, and Tyler (Texas) John Tyler receiver Rodney Bendy.