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College football: What they're saying about SEC-Big 12 recruiting wars

by Ryan Aber Modified: August 27, 2013 at 9:00 am •  Published: August 25, 2013

Sam Pittman, Arkansas' offensive line coach, who was Oklahoma's OL coach in 1997-98:

“With so much conference moving and all those things, people go where it's hot--where the team (and) the league's hot and all that kind of stuff. So obviously the SEC wasn't always the greatest conference and all those things. As long as our teams keep winning and taking people to the NFL and graduating their students, I think we'll be hard to catch.”

Bob Stoops on whether Texas A&M's move to the SEC will help recruiting:

“Maybe through that part of the country. I said it, A&M would defenitely get more looks. Now, Heisman Trophy quarterbacking, hot team. But look at it, there have been a lot of hot teams through the years. Year-in and year-out, usually it changes a little bit.”

Robert Thomas, Arkansas defensive lineman from Muskogee:

“It's just like a feeling that you might get when you visit, mostly because the SEC is, right now, it's the top of the pole — point blank, period. At first, when I was being recruited, I really didn't know too much about the SEC. Once I started learning, I was like, ‘OK, yeah, I want to be an SEC guy.”

Eric Ward, Texas Tech wide receiver, who was recruited by Alabama:

“Just the presence in the SEC is different. I went to Alabama and there was a strong presence about Alabama football there. I'm not saying that any Big 12 teams don't have that as far as recruiting but that's the biggest thing I noticed. I don't necessarily think that they have the best conference in the nation. As far as defense, that's huge. But offense, the Big 12 is where it's at.”

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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