BIG 12 Media Days Football

TCU head football coach Gary Patterson responds to questions during Big 12 media days, Monday, July 18, 2016, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

For the first time since 1967, no team from the state of Texas finished in the AP Top 25 last season. 

When asked why this happened, TCU head coach Gary Patterson said it's all about recruiting. He also said Texas A&M's move to the SEC hurt the other schools in the Lone Star State.

"Number one, we've got to keep players here," Patterson said at Big 12 Media Days at The Star in Frisco. "I think the Internet and everything else has led to that because kids go anywhere now to look at a school. It's not regional, and we've got to do a better job of keeping them in the state."

"I think A&M going to the SEC hurt us a little bit because you have that common factor," he continued.

According to, only two players in the class of 2017 Top 100 signed with a Texas school. Quarterback Kellen Mond, No. 21, and linebacker Anthony Hines, No. 100, both signed with the Aggies. 

Since 2015, A&M has led the pack in Rivals' Top 100 recruits, signing 12, including five in the top 25. Texas comes in second with 10 and one top 25 signee. Baylor has signed two and TCU one. 

"We should be embarrassed we don't have a team in the Top 25," Patterson said. "There's a lot of good football players, even that come to our schools, that can play and play at a high level, and we need to play better. It's simple as that."

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Or, maybe the coaches in the State aren't as good as they think they are. There were only 12 Texas players in the top 100. Two are at A&M. One is at Arkansas and the another at Oklahoma (as close to his home as A&M or Texas is). Then there's Kansas State, which probably hasn't had a Top 100 player in...ever? The SEC had 4 teams in the final top 25. The Big 12 had 3. Patterson is just making excuses.


Kansas State might not have had a top player ever but they have something A&M doesn't have, a better coach who's team beat us easily. You're silly.


Somewhat misleading headline. A&M going to the SEC is hurting recruiting for other Texas schools because athletes (in all sports and genders) now have an opportunity to play in the SEC and stay in Texas so their families can see them more often. Additionally, SEC schools are on TV more than Big 12 schools, so it's a win-win for athletes who go to A&M. A&M being in the SEC doesn't mean that athletes are fleeing Texas any more than they have historically. Athletes have always left Texas to play in the SEC (especially FB), but now have the opportunity to stay and play in the SEC. Look at how many Texas athletes have gone to Big 12 schools (OU, OSU, KSU) and SEC schools (LSU, MSU, Ole Miss, Alabama) before A&M's move to the SEC. That has been an historically significant number every year. They no longer have to leave to play in the SEC. Patterson just doesn't like having to compete for Texas athletes who think playing in the SEC gives them a better opportunity to go pro. BTW, he has done a pretty good job of recruiting in Texas, so he shouldn’t complain. He has Kenny “Thrill” Hill, so what’s the beef?

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