Mike Gundy on SEC schools recruiting in Texas: The shiny new product of the SEC wore off
Mike Gundy is not impressed. With the SEC, that is.
More specifically, the Oklahoma State coach doesn’t believe that SEC teams have much recruiting pull in the state of Texas anymore.
According to ESPN.com’s Jake Trotter, Gundy likened the SEC’s recruiting in Texas to a fad like the hoverboard.
“It’s pretty simple: The shiny new product of the SEC wore off,” Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy told ESPN.com. “Everybody rode them around for two or three years — now you don’t see them anymore. The newness has worn off.”
Gundy might have a point. Of the top 10 recruits in the state of Texas in the 2018 class, just one committed to an SEC school (Texas A&M) while the rest are either uncommitted or signed/committed to Texas.
Compare that to 2017 when the SEC nabbed 3 of the top 8 recruits in the state, and in 2016 when the SEC got 5 of the top 10 recruits from Texas, including 2 of the top 3.
Interestingly enough, though, Gundy’s Oklahoma State squad didn’t land any of the state’s top 10 recruits in the last 3 classes. At least not yet.
A big part of that shift could obviously coincided with the arrival of Tom Herman, who dominated the state and has the Longhorns in position to potentially land a top-5 class.
Gundy told ESPN.com that the infatuation with the SEC began when Texas A&M joined the SEC, which opened up the door for other schools in the conference to compete over Texas recruits.
Was it really a fad? If SEC teams continue to get beat in the Longhorn State, Gundy won’t be alone in making that claim.