It's all about the Big 12 this week as the head football coaches from their respective schools step up to the podium for media to fire any and all questions they have.
There are several schools in the Big 12 that have East Texas ties, and those schools said Monday they have some big expectations for the incoming East Texas talent.
Kansas will gain All-American and Nacogdoches center, Jacob Bragg, this fall.
Jawhawks head coach, Charlie Weis, sees great potential for the incoming freshmen.
“I think that the fact that you have one of the best pure centers in the nation coming in out of the state of Texas, is very, very encouraging,” said Weis. “Jacob's going to come in, and he's going to start at the bottom of the death chart just like every other freshmen who walks in the door, but when Jacob's ready to play, he'll play and he has tremendous upside.”
There's also Lufkin Panther and defensive tackle, DJ Williams, who is another freshmen that will be hard to overlook.
“DJ, we think, has a huge upside. We had a good year recruiting in Texas, a really good year. We have a good year coming up again recruiting in Texas. Texas has been good to us,” said Weis. “I think that we have some promising young defensive linemen in which DJ is one of them.”
Texas Tech head coach, Kliff Kingsbury, knows all about East Texas as Tenaha native, Reggie Davis, is about to enter his second year with the Red Raiders.
For Kingsbury, this is just the beginning to a bright future for the East Texan
“He's one of the faster players on the team. He's got great size. He was a quarterback all through high school so he's still learning the game at receiver, but this is the first year I've seen him really buy into the work side of it as far as the training, and the mental study,” said Kingsbury. “He's going to be a different guy this year for us and we're going to play him a bunch of snaps. I think he's got a chance to have a heck of a year.”
Several coaches in the Big 12 agree there's something about recruiting in East Texas.
“The coaches out there do a great job with those programs. They coach them hard. Those kids are used to being coached hard by the time they get to college, and they're hungry too. They get out there, and they're hungry to make something of themselves and get an opportunity like that.”
“They're tough kids, but they coach well. They got a lot of tradition, and a lot of pride out there,” said Baylor head coach, Art Briles. “Most of them are one school towns. Those people carry the banner. They got to represent themselves well. They have really good athletes. It's a very athletic area.”
TCU and Oklahoma State were amongst the other schools on the podium Monday.
On Tuesday, Oklahoma, Iowa State, West Virginia, Kansas State and the highly anticipated first year head coach for Texas, Charlie Strong, will be put on the spot.
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