Texas has been ripe for the choosing.
The school soccer world was set ablaze earlier this week when it was revealed that each Oklahoma and Texas are looking to make the move to the SEC. Convention realignment has been an ongoing dialogue through the years, however the Large 12’s two premier applications becoming a member of the Southeastern Convention? That may be a very huge deal.
The transfer could be immense when it comes to cash and the School Soccer Playoff; even with an expanded format in the works. For Ryan Day and the Buckeyes, successful the Large Ten on an annual foundation will proceed to place Ohio State within the playoff. And the enlargement ought to enable for that to happen even with a mark within the loss column.
From a recruiting perspective, issues might get a bit fascinating. The Buckeyes have landed an absurd quantity of expertise from the Lone Star State with gamers like J.Ok. Dobbins, Baron Browning, Jeff Okudah, and the five-star extensive receiver duo of Garrett Wilson and Jaxon Smith-Njigba. It actually hasn’t slowed down for the 2022 class with the nation’s top prospect and two different Texans already in the commitment column.
Charlie Sturdy and Tom Herman did the remainder of the nation a favor. Applications like Alabama, LSU, and Ohio State made their second properties in considered one of America’s most talent-rich states. Steve Sarkisian is trying to change that in an enormous means, however proper now zero of the state’s top-15 prospects are dedicated to Texas. We’re nonetheless 5 months from the early signing interval, however that is a major problem for the Longhorns.
Ohio State has proven time after time that it is greater than able to successful recruiting battles towards the SEC energy applications. These battles have been received from coast to coast and even within the coronary heart of SEC nation at occasions.
However would the potential additions of Texas and Oklahoma shake issues up a bit for prospects within the Lone Star State? I believe there are a couple of key factors to recollect with this:
- The SEC continues to be rightfully seen because the nation’s prime soccer convention.
- The entire “it simply means extra” mantra is a really actual factor for some highschool prospects enjoying within the SEC and Large 12 footprints.
J.Ok. Dobbins, Jeff Okudah, and Garrett Wilson had the chance to play for any program in America. All of them made the choice to journey 1,200+ miles to Columbus as a substitute of siding with the in-state Longhorns or any of the SEC powers. Would the College of Texas including somewhat SEC brand have made any distinction in any way? Completely not.
However there are sure to be some gamers within the state who view the SEC in a different way, and maybe Texas’ inclusion within the convention might in the end issue into their choices. Within the 2021 recruiting class, a pair of Longhorn legacies from Fort Value signed with Alabama. Would the Horns have landed five-star deal with Tommy Brockermeyer and his four-star brother James had they not been within the lowly Large 12? Or was that merely Nick Saban doing Nick Saban issues?
Texas A&M joined the SEC again in 2012. Since that point, the Aggies have the next win share (68%) than the Horns (58%) all of the whereas enjoying in a far superior league. The altering of conferences has additionally supplied TAMU with an enormous enhance on the recruiting path.
Nonetheless, the College of Texas is the state’s flagship establishment, and the general custom and status in Austin are superior to what’s in School Station. Texas’s recruiting ceiling completely ought to be greater than that of the Aggies. The Longhorns leaving a comparatively weak convention to hitch forces with the nation’s greatest might probably give Steve Sarkisian a little bit of a lift.
Nevertheless, there are some key counterpoints that go together with this:
- Texas is about an 8-4 staff within the Large 12. Does anybody assume that is going to enhance within the SEC? Are the state’s prime prospects actually going to flock to a Longhorn program that will very nicely be struggling to win greater than six video games?
- Ohio State will proceed to run the Large Ten and will likely be one of many favorites to make the playoff each 12 months. Profitable is sweet for recruiting. Playoff appearances are even higher.
We’ll see how the Sarkisian experiment goes down in Austin. Maybe we’re underestimating him a bit, however there isn’t any purpose to assume Texas is wherever near getting on Oklahoma’s degree within the Large 12. As for the SEC? Proper now the Longhorns are in all probability nearer to Tennessee than they’re to Alabama or Georgia.
So, would a Texas transfer to the SEC shake issues up a bit on the path? Completely. However Ryan Day will proceed to closely recruit the Lone Star State and all the different talent-rich areas. It could take a bit extra work and sources shifting ahead, however the newest realignment information is hardly a dying blow to Ohio State’s recruiting efforts within the state of Texas.
Or possibly the Aggies get their way and this all finally ends up being a moot level.