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How would joining the Big 12 boost USF, UCF recruiting?

Former Armwood High star Eric Striker signed with the Oklahoma Sooners in 2012. If USF had been the Big 12, would he have chosen the Bulls?

DANIEL WALLACE | Times

Former Armwood High star Eric Striker signed with the Oklahoma Sooners in 2012. If USF had been the Big 12, would he have chosen the Bulls?

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Over the weekend, Joey Knight and I looked at how the Big 12 adding USF and UCF might help the league build a recruiting pipeline to Florida.

But what about the other side? How would USF and UCF help their recruiting by joining the Big 12?

"I think that would be huge," said Ryan Bartow, 247Sports' national, Fort Lauderdale-based recruiting insider. "I think it would bring those two programs that are basically known as sleeping giants, it would take them to the next level."

Because Central Florida (the region, not the school) is teeming with prospects, Bartow said the Knights and Bulls would be able to pull almost their entire roster from the region. By joining a larger league, those schools would have more to pitch.

Bartow mentioned a player like former Sickles High star Ray-Ray McCloud, a dynamic option who strongly considered going to USF but instead chose Clemson. If the Bulls had been in the Big 12, perhaps McCloud would have stayed home.

"If they could sell the Big 12, they could get some of the best kids in their backyard," Bartow said. "I have no doubt. They wouldn't want to leave and go to a Clemson or somewhere else."

[Last modified: Monday, August 29, 2016 11:44am]

    

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