Deion Sanders played a central role in Colorado’s decision to leave the Pac-12 and rejoin the Big 12.

According to Yahoo Sports’ Ross Dellenger, Sanders pushed for a move to the Big 12 to help Colorado’s recruiting visibility in the state of Texas. Though not the only reason for the move, Sanders reportedly wanted to play in a league with a foothold in the Lone Star State.

Though visibility in the state of Texas will help Sanders recruit some of the state’s top prospects, CU won’t be able to capitalize on Texas as a recruiting hotbed unless it boosts its on-field performance.

CU signed two prospects from the state in the 2010 class, three the year prior, and no more than two from the state in any class from 2004-08. Interestingly enough, California was one of the main feeder states for CU’s recruiting classes over its last decade in the Big 12.

The Buffs struggled over their last few seasons in the Big 12. And they’ve struggled mightily in their decade-plus in the Pac-12. But that’s why Sanders is now in town.

He begins his first season as CU’s head coach this fall. The Buffs face TCU on the road to open the year, then return home to host former Big 8 foil Nebraska in Sanders’ debut at Folsom Field.