Tuesday, January 31, 2012
The Big 12's worst in-state recruiting teams
By David Ubben
Most programs, wherever their location, put a premium on keeping the local talent from heading elsewhere.
Some are more successful than others.
ESPN the Magazine's LaRue Cook broke down the top-10 programs that are the worst at keeping talent in-state.
Two from the Big 12 made the cut:
No. 6: Texas A&M Aggies
Like Florida and USC, the Longhorns without question rule their home state on the trail. But the rest of Texas' BCS programs are getting beat to the leftovers. Oklahoma (14) and LSU (seven) have both signed more ESPNU 150 recruits than Baylor (three) and Texas Tech (zero) combined over the last five years. The Aggies were actually shut out of their own state in 2011, but new coach Kevin Sumlin already has an early enrollee for 2012 in QB Matt Davis (Houston) and is hoping to land four other commits, most notably top-five RB Trey Williams (Houston). No. 3 WR Thomas Johnson (Dallas) is also a possibility.
7. Oklahoma State Cowboys
The Cowboys have gone into Texas to sign five of their six ESPNU 150 recruits over the last five years, and went to the well again in 2012 for TE Dominic Ramacher (Denton, Texas). But to only land one in-state blue chip prospect (2008 RB Kye Staley of Guthrie) has to be a disappointment. This year Oklahoma has commitments from the Sooner State's top two prospects (WR Sterling Shepard of Oklahoma City and RB Alex Ross of Jenks), meaning Mike Gundy has now gone four straight years without signing an ESPNU 150 in-state prep.
You'll need ESPN Insider to see the exact metrics that qualify these two programs as the worst in-state recruiters, but their company is fascinating, too. Check it out.