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SEC to have different look with Texas A&M

September 28, 2011

When the news of Texas A&M joining the Southeastern Conference broke on Sunday afternoon, a lot of speculation arose about scheduling, what division it would go into and how it would effect recruiting for other SEC teams.
The scheduling has yet to be figured out as it will take some time and could even cause some teams to drop a non-conference game in 2012 to play against the Aggies.
As far as which division Texas A&M will be put in, it seems like it will be in the SEC West due to them being the western most SEC team. This could shake up how the divisions are lined up but all of that is yet to be seen.
When it comes to recruiting, it could have a quicker impact. the recruiting process for next year has been underway for quite some time now and the news could effect how some SEC teams plan their recruiting, but that's not the case for Mississippi State.
"Our philosophy is we start recruiting Mississippi and locally which is a five-hour radius around Starkville," said third-year MSU head coach Dan Mullen. "From there, we have secondary areas and Texas is one of them that we'll go and get maybe a player a year out of and we don't expect that to change very much."
With Texas not being within those five hours, it doesn't mean that MSU won't get players from there, but the Aggies joining isn't going to sway Mullen to send more recruiters there.
"It won't change our philosophy very much," said Mullen. "We recruit Texas but it's not a main area for us, it's a secondary area for us but we have a couple kids on our team from Texas. I think it will just make us more inviting to players there to be interested in us because there is probably more recognition for us now in the state of Texas than there's been in the past."
Some other SEC West teams who already recruit the state of Texas pretty heavily is Arkansas and LSU. In fact, Arkansas will be playing Texas A&M this Saturday in Dallas, which has changed up the recruiting rules for the game.
The SEC doesn't allow Arkansas to have recruits at this Saturday's game even though it is classified as a home game for the Razorbacks, and since the Aggies now fall under the SEC's umbrella, they probably will not be allowed to have recruits there either.
Even though they are opponents on Saturday and will be conference foes next season, Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino is happy with the Aggies joining and what the Razorbacks could get out of it.
"We're excited about A&M coming in to our conference," Petrino said. "We think that's a great deal for our conference, them and for us. It will certainly help our exposure and our recruiting in the state of Texas."
The SEC East teams don't seem to be as excited because a Texas player would be far away from home and would have an SEC school within their own state.
Georgia head coach Mark Richt thinks it could open some things up but is focusing on his state.
"We're blessed with a state that is full of athletes so Georgia is what we are going to recruit the most," said Richt. "I think that we could have more of a presence in the state of Texas with this addition, because you're still in the league and we're always looking for great players."
The effects on recruiting from the Aggies joining the SEC will not be fully seen until a couple of years have past.

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