The SEC claimed the top five spots in Tuesday's initial team rankings with Texas A&M at the top, followed by Alabama, LSU, Georgia, and Arkansas. Notice that four of those schools reside in the SEC West. Then consider that all four of those SEC West programs have at least one commitment from the state of Texas.
In other words, 11 of 31 players committed to schools ranked in the top five of Scout.com's initial 2015 rankings are from Texas. Take away Georgia's five-player, Texas-less class and that's 11 of 26 committed players from four of the top five programs.
“Crunching the numbers it is easy to see the trend of top players from the Lone Star State going to play in the SEC,” Scout.com national recruiting analyst Greg Powers said. “Last year the SEC inked the top three from Texas (Tony Brown, Myles Garrett, Jamal Adams) and in 2012, the top two players signed with SEC schools (A’Shawn Robinson, Ricky Seals-Jones).”
Obviously, top-ranked Texas A&M is Lone Star State-heavy with all seven of its 2015 pledges to date coming from in-state. Three of those are big East Texas names: five-star defensive tackle Daylon Mack, safety Larry Pryor, and safety Justin Dunning. But the Aggies are also unsurprisingly seeing early success in the Houston area with running backs Rodney Anderson and Jay Bradford, along with tight end Jordan Davis. Head coach Kevin Sumlin's staff has one DFW pledge so far and that's offensive tackle Trevor Elbert.
All seven of those players are rated in Powers' Texas Top 50.
“A&M is off to an amazing start,” Powers said. “Especially considering all seven commits are rated in the Scout300 and once again the Aggies have secured a commitment from the state’s top interior defensive lineman (Daylon Mack). Texas has too many great players to say one school is dominating all the action, but by and large A&M seems to be picking and choosing what prospects it wants in its program right now.”
Alabama sits at No. 2 with seven commitments, including West Orange-Stark safety Deionte Thompson, who is ranked ninth in the Texas Top 50.
Third-ranked LSU, which pulled in a stellar six-player group from the state of Texas for the 2014 class, continues to maintain a strong recruiting presence in Texas' 2015 class with commitments from offensive guard Maea Teuhema and tight end Hanner Shipley, both of whom are in Powers' Texas Top 50. Teuhema's older brother -- defensive end Sione Teuhema -- signed with LSU two weeks ago.
Fifth-ranked Arkansas has five commitments, including the nation's top-rated center for the 2015 class in Lewisville Hebron's Zach Rogers.
In other words, Texas A&M's move to the SEC obviously has a big impact on these numbers, but it appears that the rest of the SEC, especially the West Division, is recruiting the state of Texas more and more.