North Texas continued to add experienced players to their roster ahead of Eric Morris’ debut season as a Mean Green coach on Tuesday, with former Texas Tech wide receiver Trey Cleveland moving to UNT.
Cleveland announced his decision on his Twitter account.
Cleveland posted a simple “#Home” message with a photo of him during his visit to the UNT campus.
Cleveland caught 22 passes for 344 yards as a Texas Tech junior last season. He entered the portal as an alumnus at the end of last week.
Cleveland has two seasons of eligibility remaining. The former Arlington High School honor student was a three-star prospect in the class of 2019. He transferred to Texas Institute of Technology due to an offer from Southern Illinois.
The 6-foot-4, 190-pound former Red Raider has contributed throughout his time at Texas Tech. He caught eight passes in 2020 and 11 in 2021 before breaking out last season.
Cleveland’s best game came when he finished with nine receptions for 100 yards in a loss to Oklahoma State. Last week, he caught three passes for 98 yards in a loss to Kansas State.
UNT has entered the transfer market to meet some of their biggest needs ahead of the 2023 season. Mean Green added six transfers, including respected quarterback Chandler Rodgers.
UNT is expected to bring back most of their key wide receivers, although Mean Green did lose tight end Jake Roberts. The Oklahoma native entered the transfer portal after catching 28 passes for 394 yards and three touchdowns.
Roberts has since signed with Baylor.
During his opening press conference, Morris pledged to focus UNT’s efforts to recruit Texas high school players, but said the program would touch the transfer portal to fill gaps in its roster. He said UNT would be particularly interested in players who want to move to UNT to play closer to home.
Cleveland is UNT’s latest addition to fit this profile.
BRETT VITO can be contacted at 940-566-6870 and on Twitter at @brettvito.