A total of 101 high schools have produced at least 30 FBS signees over the past 14 recruiting cycles, an just north of two per year, according to data compiled by CFB Data Lab. Thirty-seven schools produced 42 signees — three per year — and 13 high schools held an average at least four recruits per year.
The data studied only high schools and did not include prep and boarding schools such as IMG Academy and its peers.
Fort Lauderdale’s St. Thomas Aquinas was far and away the highest producer of FBS talent, generating 101 signatures from 2004 to 2017. Miami Central came in second place at 78, followed by Cleveland’s Glenville (74) and DeSoto (Texas) and Stone Mountain Stephenson (Georgia) at 70 apiece.
High Schools Producing Most FBS Signees, 2004-17
1. St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) — 130
2. Miami Central (Fla.) — 78
3. Glenville (Cleveland, Ohio) — 74
4. DeSoto (Texas), Stephenson (Stone Mountain, Ga.) — 70
6. Cedar Hill (Texas) — 69
7. Buford (Ga.) — 63
8. Long Beach Poly (Calif.) — 61
9. Dallas Skyline (Texas) — 60
10. DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.) — 58
A total of 18 states made the list, easily led by Florida’s 27 high schools. Texas was a comfortable second with 20, and Georgia surpassed California as the third best state for one-stop shopping.
Number of High Schools With At Least 30 FBS Signees, 2004-17
1. Florida — 27
2. Texas — 20
3. Georgia — 11
4. California — 10
5. Ohio — 7
6. Louisiana — 5
7. Arizona, Hawaii — 3
9. Alabama, Maryland, Oklahoma, Utah — 2
13. Colorado, Illinois, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, Pennsylvania — 1
Not surprisingly, the best players — or, the most high schools with high levels of good players — are in the major population centers, with a special emphasis on Sun Belt cities.
CFB Data Lab also analyzed which high schools produce the highest-rated recruits, finding 18 schools that averaged a 3.0 star rating or greater, including half of California’s 10 representatives.
3.2 stars: Westlake Village Oaks Christian (Calif.), Our Lady of Good Counsel (Olney, Md.), Junipero Serra (Calif.)
3.1 stars: Columbus Carver (Ga.), Las Vegas Bishop Gorman (Nev.), Tyrone Sandy Creek (Ga.)
3.0 stars: St. John Bosco (Calif.), Detroit Cass Tech (Mich.), Orange County Lutheran (Calif.), Powder Springs McEachern (Ga.), Dallas Skyline (Texas), Jacksonville Trinity Christian (Fla.), DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.), Tallahassee Godby (Fla.), Orlando Phillips (Fla.), Euless Trinity (Texas), Long Beach Poly (Calif.), Denton Ryan (Texas)