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Study: Which head coaches truly "build a fence around the state"

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Seemingly every single head coach that takes the podium at his introductory press conference talks about "building a fence around the state" to keep the most talented prospects from leaving the state to play their college football.

During the course of the long off season, one of the questions we threw around as a staff was; which current head coach (and his staff) are the best at keeping talent inside of the state borders? From there, FootballScoop intern-extraordinaire Joe Bowen dug into each roster that was returning a head coach for a fourth season.

Since the study included just taking a look at each roster, we did not determine how many walk-ons each roster included, but nonetheless, we came up with some interesting results.

Not surprisingly, Texas coaches dominated the top of the list. However, it was a bit surprising to find that the first head coach not from the talent rich states of Texas, California or Florida (who dominate the first 12 slots) was Central Michigan head coach Dan Enos, who narrowly (.01%) edged out Virginia Tech's Frank Beamer.

The first power five conference coach to make the list was Art Briles (82.29%), with Larry Coker topping the list of all coaches with nearly 90% of his players from coming inside of Texas. At the bottom of the list are Navy's Ken Nuimatalolo followed by Notre Dame's Brian Kelly, both of which recruit nationally and aren't located in the richest of talent beds.

 A couple of things, however obvious they may seem, are worth noting before diving into the numbers where you can draw your own conclusions:
-A program like Notre Dame is going to have a much bigger national draw outside of the borders of Indiana than a program like North Texas.
-A state like Texas obviously has enough talent to spread around...a few times over. Kansas and Nebraska don't have that luxury. Here's a look at where exactly college football talent comes from.

With those in mind, as a staff, we came to the following conclusions:
- Geography plays a big role: Les Miles and LSU (62.5%) and Mark Hudspeth with Louisiana-Lafayette (51.04%), both located more towards the middle of the state have significantly more Louisiana players than Louisiana-Monroe's Todd Berry (30.34%) where campus is closer to the border of Arkansas and Texas.
- Miami's percentage is a head scratcher: Florida programs run by FSU's Jimbo Fisher (74%), UF's Will Muschamp (68%) and UCF's George O'Leary (68.67%) are near the top of the list, but Al Golden's Miami program trails significantly (52.83%). That certainly clashes with the "Geography plays a big role" conclusion mentioned previously.

All programs from power five conferences (plus Notre Dame and BYU) have been bolded to make them easier to find.

*Only head coaches entering a minimum of their fourth year were included. We did this to ensure that the vast majority of the players on the roster were recruited by the current staff.

COACH

 # OF IN-STATE PLAYERS

 TOTAL # OF PLAYERS

% OF IN STATE PLAYERS

Larry Coker - UTSA

 95 

 107

88.79%

Dan McCarney - North Texas 

 86

 98

87.76%

David Bailiff - Rice

 70 

 81

86.42%

Art Briles - Baylor

 79

 96

82.29%

Dennis Franchione- Texas State

 82

 100

82.00%

Rocky Long - San Diego State

 66 

 89 

74.16%

Jimbo Fisher - Florida State

 74

 100

74.00%

Mark Richt - Georgia

 70

 96

72.96%

Gary Patterson - TCU

 81

 118

68.64% 

George O'Leary - UCF

 57

 83

68.67%

June Jones - SMU

 70

 102

68.63%

Will Muschamp - Florida

 68

 100 

68.00%

Dan Enos - Central Michigan

 69

 104

66.35%

Frank Beamer - Virginia Tech

 67

 101

66.34% 

Frank Solich - Ohio

 64

 99 

64.65% 

Les Miles - LSU

 65

 104 

62.50%

Paul Johnson - Georgia Tech

 65

 107

60.75%

Mike London - Virginia

 55

 91

60.44%

Ruffin McNeill - East Carolina 

 74 

 123

60.16% 

Dan Mullen - Mississippi State

 65 

 110 

59.09%

Al Golden - Miami 

 56

 106

52.83% 

Joey Jones - South Alabama

 51

 98

52.04% 

Matt Campbell - Toledo 

 54

 105 

51.43% 

Mark Hudspeth - Louisiana-Lafayette 

 49

 96 

51.04% 

Bill Snyder - Kansas State

 50 

 101

49.50% 

Bill Blankenship - Tulsa

 63

 128

49.22%

Kevin Wilson - Indiana

 50 

 102

49.02% 

Hugh Freeze - Ole Miss 

 49

 105

46.67%

Larry Blakeny - Troy

 52

 112

46.43%

Dabo Swinney - Clemson 

 51

 113

45.13%

Bo Pelini - Nebraska

 61 

 139

43.88%

Bobby Wilder - Old Dominion

 30

 70

42.86%

Gary Pinkel - Missouri

 49

 118

41.53%

Brady Hoke - Michigan

 41

 99

41.41%

Randy Edsall - Maryland

 35

 87

40.23%

Mark Dantonio - Michigan State

 36

 92 

39.13%

Paul Rhoads - Iowa State

 36

 92

39.13%

Steve Spurrier - South Carolina

 38

 101

37.62%

Pete Lembo - Ball State

 44

 117

37.61%

Bronco Mendenhall - BYU

 36

 100

36.00%

Kyle Whittingham - Utah

 37

 104

35.58%

Jeff Quinn - Buffalo

 38

 111

34.23%

Kirk Ferentz - Iowa

 30

 96

31.25%

Todd Berry - Louisiana-Monroe

 27

 89

30.34%

Nick Saban - Alabama 

 25 

 87 

28.74% 

Pat Fitzgerald - Northwestern 

 30 

 110 

27.27% 

David Shaw - Stanford

 28

103 

 27.18%

Bob Stoops - Oklahoma

 30

 114

26.32%

Rick Stockstill - MTSU

 30

 121

24.79%

Bobby Hauck - UNLV

 21

 86

24.42%

Mike Gundy - Oklahoma State

 22

 99

22.22%

David Cutcliffe - Duke

 23

 104

22.12%

Charlie Weis - Kansas 

 16

 73

21.92%

Mike Riley - Oregon State

 17

 83

20.48%

Dana Holgorsen - West Virginia

 19

 108

17.59%

Doc Holliday - Marshall

 8

 71

11.27% 

Troy Calhoun - Air Force 

 5

 61

8.20%

Brian Kelly - Notre Dame 

 4

 81 

4.94%

Ken Nuimatalolo - Navy

 5

 125

3.03%

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