It's a known fact that Mack Brown loves to recruit within the state of Texas.
Seriously, there's a stat.
Olson reported that staggering recruiting stat among others. For instance, Brown has signed over 290 players from the state of Texas since taking over as head coach (1998) and only 29 from outside the state.
Considering the amount of high school football talent Texas churns out on a yearly basis, it's hard to blame the Longhorns for wanting to have a strong presence within the state. Of the 15 total players in Texas' 2013 class, 13 recruits are from Texas. This cycle, the Longhorns boast 21 commitments, 17 from the state of Texas.
It's rather obvious that there's a strategy in play here, and that strategy is to dominate in-state recruiting.
So far, so good for Brown, but will that trend continue?
As long as the Texas Longhorns are indeed the Texas Longhorns, they will be a major recruiting player within the state. Even though the Longhorns have struggled to be elite as of late, the fact remains that Texas football is still one of the most iconic brands in sports, let alone in college football.
With all that said, there is a good possibility that Brown and his staff will encounter opposition in the form of college football's newest darling: Texas A&M.
Combine the hype of beating Alabama last season with Johnny Manziel's Heisman Trophy campaign, and that's a recipe for recruiting success. Don't forget that the Aggies are also a part of the SEC, which is a major recruiting draw in itself.
The Aggies landed 32 recruits total last cycle and finished with the No. 9 class, according to the 247Sports class rankings. Out of their 32 recruits, 23 came from the state of Texas. This cycle, Texas A&M has 14 commitments. All but one, 5-star quarterback Kyle Allen, are in-state commitments.
It's more than feasible that Texas A&M will be a championship contender this upcoming season, and if that is indeed the case, look for the Aggies to continue rolling on the recruiting trail. With the way Kevin Sumlin and his staff are recruiting, that could be the case for quite some time.
Texas A&M is arguably the new Texas in Texas, and that's going to hurt the Longhorns on the in-state recruiting trail. Keep an eye on Baylor as well, as 19 of its 20 2014 commitments are in-state.
If Texas goes out and has another less-than-stellar season in 2013, look for these trends to continue.
Texas will never, ever, be irrelevant recruiting in-state. Brown and the Longhorns were once dominant, though, and that, most likely, will not be a trend that continues.
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