November 23, 2009
Talent pool: Where does the talent come from?
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Our quest to determine which state is best for high school football continues - mainly because the e-mails about our efforts continue to pour in.
First, there was the RivalsHigh Greatest State Debate, our own tournament creation.
Then, there were my personal rankings.
But still, the e-mails persist.
How can you not rate California higher? It produces the most D1 players, our readers write.
Our readers are right on that point.
But my continued analysis that the Golden State is a bit down remains accurate. Here's why: Much of California's success comes from its huge population base.
California produced the third-highest number of signees in 2009. But when you average the number of signees against the number of participants, California's success rate goes way down.
At just one signee for every 438 players, it doesn't even make the top 15 states for producing talent.
Is that you laughing Texas? I hope not. You're just two spots ahead of California. And both of you are below Hawaii, Nevada and Utah.
These rankings were created by dividing the number of D1 signees in the Rivals.com database into the number of participants in the sport, according to the National Federation of High School Sports participation survey.
Not buying it? Think these rankings must be flawed? Think again. Traditional high school strongholds Georgia, Louisiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania all fared well, ranking above California and Texas.
As did Florida.
Hate to break it to you California and Texas - but in these rankings, Florida is No. 1. The Sunshine State's number is amazing as it produced one D1 signee for every 127 participants.
As with our previous rankings, it is open to interpretation and debate. So send us an e-mail... or post on the board.
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-- Brandon Risner contributed to this report
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