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 Rivals.com, 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."