Big 12 only plays 3 non-conference schools instead of 4 like the SEC so A&M really replaced Kansas State, Iowa State, or Kansas with one of these schools La Tech, SMU, South Carolina State, and Sam Houston State
Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin knows he will need to improve the Aggies’ roster if they’re going to compete in the SEC.
That’s why the first-year coach has assembled a staff he believes can land some of the top in-state talent. Enter Brian Polian.
The son of Bill Polian, the longtime NFL executive, joined Texas A&M’s staff after spending the previous two years at Stanford. Brian Polian coached at Notre Dame for five years before leaving for the PAC-10.
Polian, who will coach special teams and tight ends at Texas A&M, told the Houston Chronicle he’s found a new level of recruiting now that he can recruit prospects to play in the SEC.
“To be able to separate ourselves from all of the other schools in the state by telling a young man, ‘Hey, we’re not playing Iowa State, Kansas State and Kansas; we’re playing LSU, Auburn and Florida’ – that’s pretty powerful,” Polian said.
So is the level of talent inside the state of Texas. And he’s found that recruits are interested in joining him in the SEC.
Texas A&M has 14 commitments for the class of 2013 – all from inside the state of Texas. And the Aggies have received pledges from five members of the recently released ESPNU 150. The efforts of Sumlin’s staff inside the state of Texas appear to be paying off.
“The response has been fantastic,” Polian said. “Doing a lot of recruiting up north, you’re used to, ‘Where is the head football coach?’ ‘Well, he’s teaching English. Come back at 3.’
“I’ve found at these 5A schools in Texas, that’s not the case. It’s, ‘Go on back to the field house. He’s waiting for you, Coach.’ That’s been a nice surprise.”