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He said when he worked in the Big 12 and recruited in Texas, “In general, you saw a couple of SEC schools there for a couple of guys.”

Tennessee coach Derek Dooley was an assistant at LSU under Nick Saban and was the head coach at Louisiana Tech before taking over in Knoxville. He has done plenty of recruiting in Texas in his old jobs and his new one.

He said while having Tennessee talked about in Texas more often should be a good thing for the Vols, A&M’s entry to the SEC also could create a new stumbling block.

“We also know it makes it more challenging because you have to go beat the home school,” he said. “If you have a kid that wants to get into the SEC, he’s got an option to stay in the state.”

Chizik and Mississippi coach Houston Nutt said that they would probably have to re-evaluate how much time, effort and money they spend in Texas. Georgia’s Mark Richt, whose program has done just fine recruiting mostly in-state in neighboring Florida and South Carolina, said he would likely “investigate” whether it’s worth trying to dip into Texas more often.

On the other hand, new Vanderbilt coach James Franklin, who has emphasized a national approach to recruiting, and Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen said their assistants are already in Texas and they won’t change their approach.

South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier also said A&M to the SEC won’t change his staff’s travel plans.

“I don’t think we’ll go into Texas,” he said. “I think a lot of those high school kids might say, ‘Now tell me where is South Carolina? That’s where now? Oh, yeah, it’s right below North Carolina.’”

Florida coach and former Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp wondered if too much is being made of the windfall of talent headed the SEC’s way.

“There are young men in the state of Texas who are going to be Longhorns, there are young men who are going to be Aggies and Oklahoma has always done a great job in the Dallas area and that’s always going to be true,” he said. “I do think it will help as far as exposure is concerned.”

Saban, seemingly always a step ahead of the pack, had already stepped up Alabama’s recruiting in Texas last year.

“We put another coach in Texas because we thought it was a place we should spend more time recruiting,” Saban said.

Still, he’s not sure he’s buying the conventional wisdom about A&M providing a gateway to Texas for all those tenacious SEC recruiters.

“If you get more exposure there is more recognition and more interest and that should help you in recruiting Texas,” he said, “but there’s no proof of that.”