There has been an influx into the league of head coaches with ties to Texas. You have Pittsburgh coach Todd Graham, who coached high school football in the state. You have UConn coach Paul Pasqualoni, who was defensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys. You have West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen, who was an assistant at Houston and Texas.
Then, of course, you have TCU joining the league in 2012. So what does this mean for recruiting? It means you are going to see more players coming into the league from the state, one of the best for churning out top-notch talent.
Pitt and West Virginia already have made inroads. The Panthers signed three players in 2011 -- athlete Jason Frimpong, running back Corey Davis, and cornerback Lloyd Carrington. Frimpong actually flipped his commitment from Tulsa after Graham left for Pittsburgh. Graham had eyes for all three when he was still at Tulsa.
In addition, Graham also has former North Texas coach Todd Dodge on his staff. Dodge was one of the best high school coaches in Texas at Southlake Carroll High, going 79-1 over his final five years there. So naturally, he has the entire state along with Erie, Pa., as his recruiting areas.
"With the ties we have with Coach Graham and myself, we’ve got three or four guys who grew up in state of Texas and we're so familiar with the state," Dodge said. "There's not a field house I can go into in the Dallas area, Houston area, Austin or San Antonio that I don’t know someone that’s coaching there. That’s a great tool to have."
Holgorsen has two players from Texas on his roster -- quarterback Paul Millard and running back Dustin Garrison. Millard enrolled in school early as a walk-on, while Garrison is expected to be thrown into the mix at running back immediately.
UConn might not have any Texas commits yet, but that is an area that the Huskies want to work. Coach Paul Pasqualoni said on his ESPN.com chat earlier this week: "Texas with our exposure there and having lived that, we'll recruit some in Texas."
Not every school needs to or wants to make inroads into Texas. Cincinnati, Syracuse, USF, Rutgers do not have players on their roster from the state, and have no commits for 2012 from Texas high school players. Their recruiting areas are obviously different. If there is one out-of-state area that is more common than Texas, it is Florida. That is where the Cardinals have made big strides thanks to Charlie Strong's ties to the state.
But how the Big East handles Texas moving forward certainly is something to watch.