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Texas Tech & North Texas go camping in East Texas

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - From Tyler to Longview, more than 200 East Texas football players took the field Tuesday afternoon.

Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury knows East Texas well.  Traveling from Lubbock to Longview, is key a stop on the Red Raiders camp tour.

"We travel around," said Kingsbury.  "We're out west geographically in Lubbock, so we have to travel around to bring our product to these players. We always have a great turnout here in East Texas and always see great prospects."

North Texas head coach Dan McCarney feels the same way.  The Mean Green bring their camp to East Texas every summer.

"We want to go after great young men like everyone else," said McCarney.  "And we feel like we can do that in Tyler, Texas."

Working camps into June, college football recruiting is a constant struggle.  With high school players constantly committing and decommitting from programs, even big time college coaches can never rest.

"We're talking about 70 to 80 thousand dollar investment," said McCarney.  "We don't want to make mistakes and they don't want to make mistakes. Make sure we get a chance to know these young men."

With 12 division one football programs in Texas, there's no off season in the battle for best. For coaches and players, every camp counts.

"We love coming out here and working in this part of the state," said Kingsbury.  "We have a bunch of players on our team and we're trying to get more. You're getting a great athlete and a great kid."

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