"It was a mistake on my part,” Rodriguez said of not recruiting Texas. “We’ve got too good of a place to be close-minded with that.”
Rodriguez reallocated recruiting resources into Texas this offseason, hiring two coaches with ties to the state in Theron Aych (wide receivers) and Brian Knorr (special teams). Safeties coach Jahmile Addae added Dallas to his recruiting responsibilities.
Arizona's coaches have since offered scholarships to 40 Texans and counting. Two recruits, running back Darrius Smith and safety Jaiden Dockery, have already committed. Those numbers are a vast change from 2015, when the UA offered just one Texas high school standout. That player, Kevin Dillman, turned down the UA for North Texas.