Greg Tepper, the managing editor of Dave Campbell’s Texas Football, a magazine franchise I am proud to contribute to a couple of times a year, published a pretty interesting study today.
What percentage of the rosters of Texas college football teams are made up of players from Texas?
As one would expect, the numbers are pretty high. The state is one of the best talent bases in the country.
For what it’s worth, UNT came in second at 89.9 percent. Only Baylor at 90.7 percent had a higher percentage of players from inside the state lines.
The study poses interesting questions when it comes to UNT. Dan McCarney and his staff are doing great work in the state as always. Check our ongoing (and about to grow) series on UNT recruiting targets for evidence of that.
There is a clear movement with UNT to cast the net a little farther this year, though. Tight ends coach Nick Quartaro is trying to reestablish the Oklahoma pipeline that brought UNT Hall of Famer Patrick Cobbs and a host of other contributors from years past like Chris Miller, Ian Hobbs, Jeremy Brown and Justin Claborn to name a few.
UNT is recruiting quarterback Chris Riddle out of Florida and defensive lineman Keenan Kelly out of Georgia.
UNT will always be a team built largely with Texas players.
Will it always be at the top of the list of Texas schools with the highest percentage of Texas players? It’s a trend that is worth watching.