Isaac Zon’s future was apparently locked in ahead of his senior season at Aledo last fall.
The outstanding offensive lineman has been recruited by multiple Football Subdivision programs and is committed to UTSA.
A series of injuries changed the course of Son’s hiring process and sent the 6-foot-5, 288-pound senior to North Texas on Wednesday when he announced his decision on Twitter.
Son soon gave many reasons for choosing UNT, including the connection he made with new coach Eric Morris and his staff.
“The coaching staff are great guys,” Son said. “I have developed a good relationship with them over the past two months. They contacted me in December.
“North Texas is close to home and the coaches are building something special there.”
Son battled through a host of injuries to find a landing spot in the days leading up to the national signing day next week. He dedicated himself to UTSA last summer.
The course of his hiring process began to change as he sorted out past issues early in the season. The situation worsened significantly when he broke his leg in the second round of the playoffs.
Son was asked by the UTSA coaching staff to delay enrollment until the semester break so that his scholarship could be carried over to the class of 2024, a process known as the greyshirt.
“They had another offensive lineman who came back for another year and they wanted to put me in the gray shirt because I was a little unwell this season,” Son said. “I was on crutches and in a boot. I just got out of the trunk and I’m coming back.
“I didn’t want to sit around for a whole semester and not develop as a player.”
Son waived his commitment to UTSA on December 21, the same day that the early signing period began.
Morris called Son shortly after he entered the recruiting market and quickly jumped into the race for a spot on the All-District 3-5A Division I first team. Recruiting website 247Sports ranks Son as a three-star prospect.
UNT had several open scholarships at the time when some of the other programs showing interest in Son filled their classes.
In the end, Son chose UNT because of an offer from Tulsa and Sam Houston State, where his brother is a tight end.
New UNT offensive line coach John Cooper joined Morris in Son’s set.
“The coaching staff and their faith is very important to me,” Son said. “They can develop me as a person and as a player.”
BRETT VITO can be contacted at 940-566-6870 and on Twitter at @brettvito.