1.You hear it said that Texas coach Mack Brown picks his 20 signees and then everyone else may begin to recruit the state. That’s only a slight exaggeration. The Longhorns signed 12 of the 24 Texas high school stars in the ESPNU 150. Texas A&M signed three and Oklahoma two. A year ago, Texas signed nine of the state’s 19 players on the ESPNU list. I can’t think of a better match of coach and school than Brown and UT.
2.That said, it’s amazing how the top schools plucked the best players from across the country. USC, which fueled its rise to the top under Pete Carroll with national recruiting, signed the best player in Illinois and picked up a commit from the best player in Minnesota. Florida signed the best player in Pennsylvania. Texas signed the best player in Ohio. None of that speaks well for the Big Ten, does it?
3.Oregon made the most of its Pac-10 championship. Head coach Chip Kelly signed 23 players from nine states in what was a relatively thin year for impact players within Oregon. Only two of the new Ducks are in-state players. That’s one fewer than Oregon signed from Texas. Kelly also lured Tampa receiver/defensive back Eric Dungy, son of former Bucs/Colts head coach Tony Dungy, across the country.