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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

As if the SEC's recruiting momentum didn't have enough steam, Alabama and LSU have swooped into Oklahoma and picked up commitments from two of the state's top senior prospects: Norman North quarterback David Cornwell (Alabama) and Douglass defensive lineman Deondre Clark (LSU).

A look at what others are saying about the pull of the SEC:

Aaron Colvin, Oklahoma cornerback, on recruits' mindsets:

“That's what they see. They see the championships. They see people going to the NFL. Anybody's going to want to be a part of that. You can't really blame them.”

Phillip Fulmer, who played at Tennessee from 1968-71 and won two SEC titles and a national title as its head coach between 1992 and 2008:

“They do work at it and they're committed to it. It's kind of the chicken and the egg. You have great coaches, but if they don't have great players, they're not gonna win in this league or any league. You've got football season and you've got recruiting season.”

Keon Hatcher, Arkansas wide receiver from Owasso, who was also heavily recruited by OSU:

“It's very overwhelming how many SEC players get to the National Football League. That's what we're here for. We're trying to get to the NFL. If you get a ratio from this many SEC player going to the NFL and this Big 12 going to the NFL, SEC is winning by so much, why not go there? They're the ones winning, they're the ones on top. OSU was a great school and all but the SEC was just calling my name.”

Trey Millard, Oklahoma running back and tight end, who took visits to Tennessee and South Carolina:

“I think some people just put it (SEC football) at a higher aspect. They have good teams, we have good teams. I'm not going to say it's overrated. They have great teams that play there. I only played one team from there and they were in the Big 12 before that. I can't say whether they are overrated or not but they've had a lot of success.”

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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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