East may be best for Mizzou, but not for reason you think
Posted on: July 28, 2012 at 13:13:27 CT
The East will wind up being a good fit for Mizzou but not because it will be easier to win. While that may actually be true today to some degree, the balance of power could easily and quickly change.
Vandy has already started reaping benefits from their new coach and direction, and are recruiting at a higher level than anytime in their history. They are already a tough team to beat and stand to get even tougher in spite of what many Mizzou fans seem to think. Tenn and Fla will be back and probably sooner than later, it's just a matter of time before they find the right combination of coaching staff and players to rise to top level competition.
I don't doubt that aTm will wind up holding up their end of the left div. but it's not likely to happen coming out of the gate with all the "newness" they already have going on at College Station. Right now top to bottom the East is just as tough and maybe tougher considering the inclusion of Mizzou.
The reasons the East makes great sense for Mizzou are twofold. First the automatic rivalry with 3 schools from border states will quickly replace those Bev10 teams out west. While neither new or old rivals may be world beaters, we can already see the effect of the SEC on area recruiting, so while being on the national stage is great, keeping the feeling of local competition is also important.
Second and maybe most important the East will give Mizzou much quicker inroads to the all important hotbed recruiting states of GA and FLA. While it's true that Arky plays aTm yearly, they have always recruited well from TX without an actual Texas team in the conference, so there is no reason to think Mizzou can't continue recruiting Texas now that it is an SEC state along with Mo.
Past experience tells us getting players from GA and FLA can be very beneficial, we may have only gotten a few from those states, but look at the odds of them turning out to be high level competitors.
Elvis Fisher, Pig Brown, Darius Outlaw are among the few from that area in recent years, it's not hard to see from that small sample of players, they have made an impact. The next Pig and Elvis are probably in a GA or FLA HS right now, but when the Mizzou coach comes recruiting and mom says "honey, the Mizzou coach is on the phone", they won't be going "who?" like these kids have in the past.
Edited by CalicoTiger at 13:26:47 on 07/28/12