Posted by Bryan Fischer
That's the phrase on a popular t-shirt in College Station, Texas. That is of course the home of Texas A&M, a school currently considering leaving the Big 12 and heading east to the SEC. The administration has tapped the brakes recently however, saying they would explore the issues further. One aspect they'll undoubtedly take a look at is football recruiting.
Take a look at the current Big 12 team rankings and you'll see the Aggies occupy the second spot in the conference behind rival Texas. No matter what move the school makes, that likely won't change. Both schools draw heavily on in-state talent and, for the most part, elite talent will always head to Austin. A move to the SEC will allow A&M to compete better but on the whole it will be tough for the school to beat Texas on a consistent basis for some of the top players in the state.
Out of 12 players in the class of 2011 with both a Texas and Texas A&M offer, all 12 picked the Longhorns over the Aggies. Will the SEC card allow A&M to win one or two of those head-to-head battles? Likely, yes. But in terms of depth, the top prospects will usually be headed to Texas for the forseeable future. If anything, schools such as Oklahoma and Texas Tech will see their ability to go against A&M diminished. The Aggies have done well in Louisiana and playing in the SEC will probably help them in that area as well.
On the other side, being able to play in Texas will certainly open a few doors to some SEC teams. Plenty of teams have been able to come into the state when they want for top players but for programs such as Tennessee, Arkansas or LSU, the ability to sell a SEC game close to home is another thing to sell the recruits on. There won't be a massive gold rush of SEC programs coming into the state but it will be interesting to see how high school coaches react to plenty of suitors coming calling on their kids year after year.
Bottom line, A&M going to the SEC will have some impact. How much? Probably not as much as some Aggies are hoping but we'll just have to wait and find out when the dust settles.
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