North Texas landed two big East Texas commitments -- literally and figuratively -- around midday Tuesday.

Carthage receivers Terian "Tee" Goree and O'Keeron Rutherford committed to North Texas. Goree announced his decision via Twitter, while Rutherford confirmed with ETSN.fm via text shortly after Goree's declaration.

 

Goree and Rutherford are enjoying monster senior seasons catching passes from classmate Blake Bogenschutz, who is committed to another Conference-USA school, UTSA. The 6-foot-2 1/2, 170-pound Goree has 70 catches for 1,435 yards and 23 touchdowns, a Carthage single-season school record. He's 83 yards shy of the CHS single-season record held by Wyoming receiving Jalen Claiborne, who had 104 catches for 1,518 yards and 18 touchdowns in the 2010 season for the Bulldogs.

Carthage WR Terian "Tee" Goree. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)
Carthage WR O'Keeron Rutherford. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)

Rutherford, who is a legitimate 6-foot-5 and 181 pounds, enters Friday's Class 3A Division I Region III semifinal vs. Silsbee at 4 p.m. at Provost Umphrey Stadium in Beaumont with 48 catches for 749 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Rutherford, who also has a ULM offer, visited North Texas on Nov. 9, when the Mean Green routed UTEP 41-7 on homecoming.

"I liked being up there," he said. "I liked being close to home. I didn't wanna go too far away."

Goree chose the Mean Green over eight other offers: Colorado, Colorado State, Louisiana Tech, Memphis, San Diego State, ULL, ULM, and UTSA.

Goree and Rutherford have fueled a record-setting season for Bogenschutz, who enters Friday's game with 3,187 yards, a school record 45 touchdowns, and three interceptions. Bogenschutz has shattered Carthage's career passing yards and touchdown pass records this season.

Goree and Rutherford are the first East Texas players in the 2014 class to commit to North Texas, but are 2 of 7 East Texans in the class to hold an offer from UNT. The Mean Green has one offer out in East Texas' 2015 class: Whitehouse cornerback Nate Brooks.

-- For full lists of North Texas targets in East Texas and the region's 2014 FBS offer recipients, scroll below the photo. 

Carthage's O'Keeron Rutherford turns upfield after a catch during a 41-26 Oct. 25 win at Jasper. (Bud Worley, ETSN.fm)

East Texans With North Texas Offers

  • 2014 -- Caleb Chumley, ATH, Pine Tree, 6-5, 220 (nine offers)
  • 2014 -- Terian "Tee" Goree, WR, Carthage, 6-2, 170 (committed to North Texas)
  • 2014 -- Willy Ivery, ATH, Sulphur Springs, 5-8, 180 (five offers)
  • 2014 -- Patrick Mahomes, QB, Whitehouse, 6-3, 203 (committed to Texas Tech)
  • 2014 -- O'Keeron Rutherford, WR, Carthage, 6-5, 181 (committed to North Texas)
  • 2014 -- D.J. Williams, DT, Lufkin, 6-4, 293 (five offers)
  • 2014 -- Jeffery Wilson, RB, Elkhart, 6-0, 190 (four offers)
  • 2015 -- Nate Brooks, CB, Whitehouse, 6-0, 150 (two offers)

 

2014 East Texas Football Players With Division I FBS Offers

  • Terry Ausborne, S, John Tyler, 5-10, 175 -- offer from SMU (1)
  • Blake Bogenschutz, QB, Carthage, 6-1, 175 -- committed to UTSA (1)
  • Jacob Bragg, OL, Nacogdoches, 6-4, 310 -- committed to Kansas; additional offers from Louisiana Tech, Oregon State, ULM (4)
  • K.D. Cannon, WR, Mount Pleasant, 6-0, 160 — committed to Baylor; additional offers from Arizona, Clemson, Florida State, Houston, Miami, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Purdue, SMU, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Utah, Vanderbilt, Virginia, West Virginia (21)
  • Caleb Chumley, QB/ATH, Pine Tree, 6-5, 220 -- offers from Houston, Kansas, Louisiana Tech, Memphis, Missouri, New Mexico State, North Texas, Oregon State, Texas State (9)
  • Joseph Clark, RB/S, Chapel Hill, 5-9, 175 -- committed to Texas Tech; additional offers from Air Force, Navy, Texas State (4)
  • Kade Clayton, ATH, Tyler Grace, 6-0, 180 — offers from SMU, Texas State (2)
  • Terrell Cuney, C, Jasper, 6-3, 260 — committed to Texas; additional offers from TCU, Texas Tech (3)
  • Devondrick Dixon, ATH, Gilmer, 5-9, 180 -- committed to Texas State (1)
  • Adrian Goodacre, OL, Carthage, 6-4, 318 -- committed to ULL; additional offer from Houston (2)
  • Terian "Tee" Goree, WR, Carthage, 6-2, 170 -- committed to North Texas; additional offers from Colorado, Colorado State, Louisiana Tech, Memphis, San Diego State, ULL, ULM, UTSA (9)
  • Davion Hall, ATH, Liberty-Eylau, 6-2, 191 — committed to Baylor; additional offers from Alabama, Arkansas, LSU, SMU, Stanford, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech (9)
  • Zaycoven Henderson, DT, Longview, 6-1, 293 — offers from Baylor, Florida, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Oregon, SMU, South Carolina, TCU, Texas, Texas Tech, Washington, Washington State (18)
  • Travin Howard, S, Longview, 6-0, 178 -- offer from UTSA (1)
  • Willy Ivery, ATH, Sulphur Springs, 5-8, 180 -- offers from Colorado State, New Mexico, North Texas, Texas State, Toledo (5)
  • Jamal Jeffery, WR, Lufkin, 5-9, 165 — committed to Texas A&M (1)
  • Chris Jefferson, ATH, Athens, 6-2, 200 -- committed to SMU (1)
  • Jawuan Johnson, DB, New Boston, 6-0, 195 -- committed to Northern Illinois (1)
  • Dorian Leonard, WR, Longview, 6-4, 200 — committed to Texas; offers from Florida State, Oklahoma, Oregon State, San Diego State, Texas Tech (6)
  • Reggie Long, LB, Whitehouse, 6-0, 218 -- offers from Army, New Mexico State (2)
  • Ben Luckett, RB, Palestine, 6-0, 195 -- committed to ULM (1)
  • Patrick Mahomes, QB, Whitehouse, 6-3, 203 — committed to Texas Tech; additional offers from Houston, North Texas, Rice (4)
  • Stephan Maxey, DB, Longview, 5-11, 185 -- offer from UTSA (1)
  • Keith Minor, DL, Chapel Hill, 6-3, 237 -- offer from Cincinnati (1)
  • Jarrell Owens, LB/DE, Palestine, 6-3, 230 -- committed to TCU; additional offers from Texas State, Texas Tech, ULM (4)
  • Greg Roberts, DE, Nacogdoches, 6-5, 200 -- committed to Baylor (1)
  • Anthony Rhone, LB, Texas High, 6-0, 210 -- committed to SMU (1)
  • O'Keeron Rutherford, WR, Carthage, 6-5, 181 -- committed to North Texas; additional offer from ULM (2)
  • Anthony Sanders, ATH, Athens, 5-11, 185 -- offer from ULM (1)
  • Kevin Shorter, RB/S, Newton, 6-0, 190 — committed to Texas; additional offers from Arkansas, Army, Baylor, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Houston, Kansas, LSU, Maryland, Miami, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oklahoma, San Diego State, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, UCLA, ULM, Utah (22)
  • Brian Thlang, OL, Palestine, 6-2, 290 -- committed ULM (1)
  • Wesley Thompson, ATH, Chapel Hill, 6-1, 185 -- committed to ULM (1)
  • Josh Walker, RB/LB, Gilmer, 6-1, 220 — committed to Texas A&M; additional offers from Oklahoma, Texas, Texas Tech (4)
  • D.J. Williams, DT, Lufkin, 6-4, 293 -- offers from Houston, Miami, Missouri, North Texas, Oklahoma (5)
  • Jeffery Wilson, RB, Elkhart, 6-0, 190 -- offers from New Mexico State, North Texas, Texas State, ULM (4)