Programs such as Texas, Texas A&M, TCU, Baylor, Texas Tech, and the state's seven other FBS programs are plenty familiar with East Texas as happy hunting grounds for football talent, but out-of-state programs are getting themselves well-acquainted with the region's football prospects.
Of the 92 offers that have gone out to East Texans in the 2015 and 2016 classes, 51 of them are from out-of-state schools. Obviously, there are a lot more out-of-state schools than in-state, but that's still an impressive number considering that Texas has 12 FBS-level programs, four more than the next-highest in a single state (Ohio).
Twelve of the 16 East Texans in the 2015-16 classes with at least one FBS offer have an out-of-state offer. Right now, four are committed to in-state programs, while one is committed to an out-of-state program: Nacogdoches 2015 cornerback Jaylon Lane, who pledged Friday to Mississippi.
By conference, the SEC is the most active regarding out-of-state offers with 19. Next is the Big 12 with 11, though that number comes from only Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. It is interesting to think that West Virginia, Kansas, Kansas State, and Iowa State haven't offered any East Texans considering the rest of the Big 12's activity in the region. The ACC has seven offers out and the Pac-12 has five.
Here's a breakdown of the schools from outside the Lone Star State with the most 2015-16 offers in East Texas:
7 offers: Oklahoma -- unsurprisingly, the Sooners lead the out-of-state race in East Texas. Oklahoma has long been active in East Texas and has reaped big-time rewards in the form of players such as Adrian Peterson, Malcolm Kelly, Trent Williams, Jamarkus McFarland, Keenan Clayton, and others. Three of the seven Sooner targets are committed to Texas A&M: five-star defensive tackle Daylon Mack, four-star safety Larry Pryor, and four-star safety Justin Dunning.
4 offers: Florida State, LSU, Oklahoma State -- an interesting trio, considering Oklahoma State is always active in the region and LSU can sometimes swoop in and complement its Louisiana-heavy recruiting classes with an East Texan (See: Matt Flynn and Ciron Black). Florida State had a three-player run from East Texas in the 1990's, but hasn't been active in the region until recently. FSU and LSU each offered Mack and Dunning, who joins Pryor with LSU and Oklahoma State offers. The Cowboys have offers to Baylor-committed four-star prospect Blake Lynch and four-star running back JaMycal Hasty, who has also liked Baylor for a while.
3 offers: Arkansas, Louisiana Tech, Mississippi State, Notre Dame, Ole Miss -- three of the five belong to the SEC, which has certainly ramped up its activity in the region, especially when including Texas A&M in the equation. Louisiana Tech has always had a strong presence in the region. Notre Dame's three offers are all committed to Texas A&M (Mack, Pryor, Dunning).
2 offers: Alabama, Clemson -- Mack has offers from both. Lynch has a Clemson offer, while rising four-star safety Roney Elam has the other Alabama offer. Elam owns eight offers, four of which are out-of-state and three of which are SEC, in addition to a Texas A&M offer.
1 offer: Arizona State, Auburn, Cal, Florida, Miami, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oregon, Stanford, USC, Vanderbilt, South Alabama -- Mack is responsible for six of those, including three of the five Pac-12 offers, plus the Florida, Miami, and Ohio State. Cal has offered Boyd and Arizona State recently offered Dunning, who also owns the Vanderbilt offer.
NOTE: Nacogdoches safety Brandon Jones is the only 2016 East Texan with an offer so far, but he has six: Baylor, Florida State, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Texas A&M, and Texas Tech.