June 22, 2007

Cal presses in Texas

Even more so than last year, the University of California is pushing its recruiting efforts deep into the Southwest. While the Bears only picked up one recruit from Texas in 2007, Episcopal School of Dallas (Tex.) quarterback Brock Mansion, Cal has expanded their effort in the Lone Star state as they pursue numerous 2008 and 2009 recruits.

Why are the Bears messing with Texas?

As usual, the state is ripe with talent. Just like California, Texas produces too much top talent to hold, despite the fact that there are already 10 in-state Division 1 NCAA football programs. Accumulatively, the Universities in the Lone Star state hand out approximately 200 Div. 1 football scholarships each year - mostly to in-state prospective student-athletes. There are also a number Div. II and Div. III schools that hand out scholarships. But as programs as far north as Michigan have found, and Cal is starting to learn, Texas simply can't keep them all. There's a group of high-major players with high-academic interest that do not slot into the University of Texas's overall plans, nor Texas A&M and Texas Tech, and despite heavy interest from the others, want a different scene.

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