UT struggling to recruit vs. SEC

AUSTIN, Texas -- Mack Brown has spent time and most of his breath explaining how Texas is poised to become an SEC-like team.

Four of the Texas coach's assistant coaching hires who remain on the staff have SEC experience, as does his newly promoted play-caller, Major Applewhite. His strength coach was hired from Tennessee. Texas hired a full-time nutritionist, just like Alabama. Even the director of football operations, Arthur Johnson, was hired back to Texas after a stint at Georgia.

If only Texas and Mack Brown could stop the SEC from getting their recruits.

First there was wide receiver Ricky Seals-Jones (Sealy, Texas/Sealy), the No. 6 prospect in the state, decommitting for Texas. The two camps got sideways back in June and the Sealy, Texas, prospect opted for the in-state SEC school instead, Texas A&M. (The Aggies are also after former Texas commit Daeshon Hall, a Washington commit who might flip to A&M.)