Les Miles seems to think so. I think adding A&M could hurt LSU in certain areas. LSU has recruited the Houston area really well the last decade mainly because of recruits desire to play in the SEC. On the other hand, adding A&M to LSU’s schedule and the added exposure in Texas could open up other areas for LSU to recruit.
See what Miles said below.
Baton Rouge – LSU Coach Les Miles said Wednesday Texas would become “SEC country” from a recruiting standpoint with Texas A&M joins the conference.
Les Miles says A&M’s move will open up Texas to SEC recruiters.
Miles was asked about the impact of the Aggies becoming the league’s 13th member on the SEC coaches teleconference. SEC Presidents and Chancellors voted Tuesday to admit Texas A&M, although the process could be delayed by legal action from Big 12 member Baylor.
“I think it would make great sense, great rationale if the SEC, the view A&M would give it, and the view of those schools in close proximity, obviously they would come back to Texas to play,” Miles said. “It’s obvious the view of the (Texas) newspaper(s) will now be SEC. You would think the conference – I know we would – enjoy greater coverage and greater view and it becomes SEC country.
Miles said high school players would have a stronger reason to consider LSU and other SEC schools with A&M playing regularly to the East, especially if the Big 12 is dissolved in the process. Eight players from Texas signed with SEC schools in February, three of those by LSU.
“Texas football is great high school football and talented players,” he said. “It would be a strong view of the finest conference. I think there will be a comparative and competitive view of what must be the choices that the Texas players have to play.
“They’ll be looking at what conference is the best I can play in, which is closest to my home, what’s the travel distance my parents will have to go to see me play. I think the SEC would be preferred to west coast travel, or I don’t know what the other choices would be.”
Miles also admitted to being “saddened” by the potential loss of the Big 12. He coached in that conference when it was the Big Eight (Colorado) and the Big 12 (Oklahoma State).
“I’m kind of caught,” he said. “I coached in the Big Eight conference and coached in the Big 12 conference. I have historic respect for the tremendous conference and the traditions of those teams. As happy as I am to realize there’ll be a greater, clearer view of Texas, I’m saddened in some respect that the old Big Eight and Big 12 are kind of fragile right now.
“I certainly understand adding a Texas team into the conference. A&M’s great historic following and a traditional football power, and will allow us a greater view of the great state of Texas.”