Bringing in Jeff Quinn meant ending Turner Gills connection to Texas and also diminishing UB's investment in Florida, but the Bulls are pulling from Michigan as well as they have during the FBS era.
Jeff Quinn has spent decades coaching football in Ohio and Michigan so it's no surprise that going into the fourth "Total Quinn" National signing day that Michigan and Ohio are among the top three states being targeted by the Buffalo Coach and his staff.
2011 saw just one NSD candidate from Michigan but since then behind four kids pulled form Cass Tech (two in 2012 and two in 2014) "The Great Lakes State" has sent more recruits to UB than any state out side of New York and Ohio.
After Michigan is Pennsylvania with seven total in four seasons. This season, so far, only one PA recruit is heading to UB but in the previous two seasons only the Buckeye State sent more kids to UB.
Florida is, of course, a target of every coach in the country and they come in right after Florida. But in a sign of the Gill to Quinn transition sunny Florida has played a smaller role in recent years. Just five UB players in the past three classes call Florida home.
What has been mildly surprising is that Georgia has become a consistent source of talent. two players each of the past two seasons.
Mara-Ginia (What I call Maryland and Virginia together have contributed 7 prep players to Quinn's team. Between the two states UB is good for about two players a year.
Canada, specifically Ontario, has sent two players including this seasons pro set Quarterback Chris Merchant.
Then there are the one hit wonder states. These states are outside of UB's pipeline but Quinn has found a great player who wants to travel a bit for Buffalo. Each of these states have contributed just one UB Bull in the past couple of seasons. Wisconsin got in on the act this year with Andy Fidler.
It's not lost on me that Quinn has never landed a player from Texas. If memory serves me right the Bulls had one verbal in the past couple of years which fell through. I'm not sold on Texas recruiting at this point, with a dozen or so FBS teams in the state and around another one dozen FBS programs in states that border Texas I believe that trying to make inroads into the Lone Star State is a fools errand for northern G5 teams.
The talent is there and if a player in Texas has an interest in UB of course you entertain it but it's not where you want to spend your recruiting budget.