The guys over at Football Study Hall put together one of the most comprehensive studies of where the talent in major college football comes from that we've come across in quite some time.
While it's got plenty of information that reaffirms what we already know, there are also a fair amount of statistics in the piece that are genuinely interesting. For example:
- New York (one of the highest populated states in the country) is well behind Utah in terms of producing major college football players.
- California, Texas and Florida have produced just under 40% of the nations recruits over the past six seasons.
- The "big three" states (Texas, Florida and California) annually produce enough players to fill more than their fair share of recruiting classes. Texas can produce enough guys to fill about 18 recruiting classes and Florida (16 or 17 classes) and California (12 or 13) aren't too far behind.
- New York produces the same number of college football recruits per capita as Wyoming and North Dakota despite having millions more in population.
- Louisiana, Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Hawaii all at least double the per capita rate of FBS recruits by state over the past six years.
The guys also put together a few charts to illustrate the study.
The graphic below (Total Recruits and Share by State) shows the top 27 states that have signed Letters of Intent. These top 27 states have accounted for 93% of the talent that signs the dotted line on National Signing day.
The chart below shows the FBS recruits per capita according to state. Notice that Louisiana is well over double the national average, with Alabama not far behind.
Being a coach means recruiting 12 months out the year, so taking a look at the entire article is highly reccommended. The number crunching that these guys have done will appeal to both the stat nerd, and football coach / recruiter in you.