Austin is a 7-7.5 hour drive from Monroe.
College Station is just over 6.
Tuscaloosa is about 4.5.
Baton Rouge is about 3.5.
But the SEC schools he listed (Bama, A&M) are only marginally further than Baton Rouge and the road schedule would be basically the same.
Having Diarse on our team is a huge advantage for us in his recruitment, but as we've seen before, getting momma on board is the key