Door to Texas now open for SEC schools 

August, 2, 2012
The impact that Texas A&M's membership in the SEC has had on recruiting is noticeable. The Aggies currently have a whopping 27 commitments in their 2013 recruiting class even though fall practice hasn't even started for Texas high schools. Many of the Aggies’ commitments have said that the SEC membership is among the top reasons they chose Texas A&M.

Coach Kevin Sumlin has acknowledged that impact, noting that Texas A&M has "probably gotten a few more visits" and his coaches have had a few more "return phone calls" from recruits who might not otherwise have considered the Aggies if they weren't in what's widely considered to be the nation's premier football conference.

In its home state, it can be a selling point, since Texas A&M is the only school within the state that can allow a Texas high school football product to stay close to his home and still play in the SEC. And Sumlin has acknowledged that while the Aggies can and will recruit nationally, Texas will continue to be their primary emphasis.

That's justified, considering that Texas produces hundreds of Division I signees every year. But what about other SEC schools? Does Texas A&M's entry into the league mean that coaching staffs across the SEC will attempt to increase their recruiting within Texas? At SEC media days last month, coaches' opinions were varied.

LSU coach Les Miles, whose staff has recruited players from Texas and particularly from Greater Houston, said the Tigers’ presence could increase.

"I think there will be a greater opportunity to go in there and recruit, as well, because it's a great conference and certainly Texas A&M represents that in that state," Miles said. "We'll be able to go in and say to them, 'If you want to play in that conference like Texas A&M, certainly LSU and those other schools in our conference would represent that.

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