That ‘T’ in Texans stands for talent

Even as some among the surviving members of the Big 12 grumble about the outsized influence of Texas on the league’s operations, they continue to send recruiters in droves to scoop up players from the nation’s most productive proving ground for college athletes.

The Big 12, in fact, can be divided into two almost-equal camps: Texas high school alumni and everybody else. In 2010, 48.1 percent of the 287 high school players signed by the 12 schools came from Texas, The next largest contributor was Florida with 18 players, followed by Kansas with 15 and California and Oklahoma with 14 each.
Most of the old Big Eight schools now routinely sign more players from Texas than they do from their home states.