Schools in Texas did a good job keeping the majority of the state’s talent within its borders, but out-of-state programs were able to grab some quality players as well. With the class of 2017 pretty much wrapped up in terms of commitments, we can take a look at which schools recruited the state the most successfully.
- Texas A&M (four players, four in the top-10)
Just like in 2015, Billy Kennedy has dominated the Lone Star State. He pulled in a huge recruiting class filled with two of the state’s top five players in Savion Flagg (Alvin) and Isaiah Jasey, who is originally from Killeen before transferring to Sunrise Christian Academy in Kansas. The Aggies also scored commitments from No. 9 Jay Jay Chandler, the 6’4 guard from Katy, and No. 10 T.J. Starks, the star point guard from Lancaster. Overall, it was an excellent class. The challenge will be to keep them in the program after losing top ranked-Elijah Thomas last year to transfer.
2. Texas (two players, both in the top-10)
Jase Febres is an excellent shooter and Royce Hamm is an elite athlete in the paint. Both are top-10 players in the state, and both will get plenty of minutes as freshmen. But even with the signing of these two players, Texas has to be disappointed it couldn’t snag Jarred Vanderbilt or Marcus Garrett. The Horns never offered Victor Bailey, a stud point guard in their own backyard (Round Rock) who committed to play for Oregon. It’s still a good class, you just have to wonder if it could’ve been better.
3. TCU (two players, both in the top-15)
Jamie Dixon made a serious run at the top player in the class, Jarred Vanderbilt, but couldn’t outlast his adversary in Lexington. Even without Vanderbilt, TCU nabbed two excellent prospects in 6’10 big man Kevin Samuel and the talented Keller guard, R.J. Nembhard. Samuel had 22 offers, including Texas, UCLA, Oklahoma, Texas A&M and Baylor. Nembhard is a local kid who could’ve played at most any other program in the country but chose to stay close to home and help change the TCU program. Both will make serious impacts when they arrive on campus, and Dixon has to like how well he’s recruited Texas as he establishes his program in Fort Worth.
4. Houston (two players, both in the top-25)
The Cougars’ 2016 class was somewhat forgettable after missing out on Jarrett Allen and signing only one player in the Top 100 rankings. But Houston has bounced back with a strong class in 2017 with the signings of 6’7 forward Fabian White (No. 17 in the state) and 6’5 combo guard Mike Adewunmi. Kelvin Sampson has done a great job working with what he has, and he’ll be pleased with the level of talent coming to campus in 2017.
5. UT-Arlington (three players, all in the top-40)
One of the perennial best mid-major programs in the state, UT-Arlington consistently recruits its home state well, and not just the local DFW kids. The Mavericks picked up a commitment from one of the top prospects in central Texas in Tim Holland, the 6’6 forward from Round Rock. UTA also dipped into the Houston area to sign Clear Brook forward David Azore, who had offers from Tulsa, Old Dominion, Louisiana Tech and many others. Coach Scott Cross is already well-known for his excellent coaching ability, but his staff hits the recruiting trail hard and consistently lands quality prospects.
Schools that also recruited Texas well:
Sam Houston State (two players, both in the top-50)
Texas A&M Corpus Christi (three players, three in the top-100)
Air Force (three players, two in the top-100)
South Dakota (two players, both in the top-100)
Incarnate Word (two players, both in the top-100)
*To qualify, each school had to sign at least two players from Texas