In the aftermath of June Jones' resignation at SMU, many in Dallas have looked around and wondered what caused the Mustangs' downturn. When any program takes a dip, recruiting is almost always a factor. A number of Dallas-area high school coaches criticized Jones for not recruiting the area enough, and this chart produced by the Dallas Morning News seem to back that claim up.
One program that is not SMU has taken this chart and run with it - the team that beat SMU on Saturday. "Our #1 priority is keeping the State of Texas HS Football talent at home. Period!" North Texas head coach Dan McCarney tweeted Wednesday morning.
We did our own study this summer and found that North Texas ranks second in college football for keeping in-state talent at home, trailing only Interstate 35 neighbor and Conference USA bunk mate UTSA.