February 7, 2011

Talent pool: Where the DI signees come from

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The state of Texas appears to have won the distinction for having the most Division I FBS scholarship football players as 345 signed Letters of Intent.

Florida, however, wins the bigger honor: It has the highest percentage of football players heading to a Division I FBS program.

The findings are part of the statistical analysis RivalsHigh does annually (and, we know, a few more signees are still coming in). This year, it shows that one of every 111 high school players in Florida signed a Division I FBS scholarship. That's far more impressive than Texas, where only one of every 454 players signed a Letter of Intent.

Florida, in fact, was one of just three states to have a ratio of less than 1-to-250 with Louisiana coming in second (1 of every 171) and Georgia third (1 of every 185).

In this ranking, Texas is behind the less heralded states of Hawaii, Delaware and Utah. Of course, those three states only combined to produce 51 recruits.

Texas is king in total number of players - though it just edges out Florida (345 to 344). California (253), Georgia (170) and Ohio (144) are the only other states with more than 100 signees.

Vermont, Wyoming, Rhode Island and New Hampshire were the only states that did not produce a single recruit. Four others produced just one, including Montana - where of the 4,775 kids playing high school football, only Tanner Roderick of Bozeman High earned a Division I FBS scholarship. The pro-style quarterback is headed to Nevada.

BY THE NUMBERS
A state-by-state breakdown of Division I FBS signees per participant. Data collected from participation stats distributed by the National Federation of High School Sports and signees as reported by Division I FBS schools and the Rivals.com database.
StateSigneesPlayersRatio
Florida34438,268111
Louisiana8714,839171
Georgia17032,088185
Alabama8622,052256
Utah308,104270
Oklahoma4412,000272
Maryland/D.C.4916,123329
Hawaii144,926352
Ohio14455,027382
Arkansas2811,120397
California253104,224412
South Carolina4418,962425
Mississippi5222,306429
Delaware73,091442
North Carolina7935,214446
Pennsylvania6026,730446
Texas345161,210454
Virginia5625,651459
Arizona4119,103466
Nevada136,594507
Tennessee4422,868520
New Jersey4525,872575
Colorado2214,825674
Illinois7349,543679
Kansas2014,302715
Kentucky1913,842729
Michigan5943,678740
Indiana3123,023743
Washington2422,422934
New Mexico87,672959
Oregon1113,3571214
Missouri1823,5041306
New York2938,3541323
Nebraska810,6671333
Wisconsin2229,4421338
North Dakota23,0181509
Massachusetts1220,6261719
Connecticut610,7921799
Idaho47,3401835
Alaska12,0372037
West Virginia36,4042135
Iowa919,4512161
Minnesota1125,4332312
South Dakota13,7563756
Maine14,0244024
Montana14,7754775
New Hampshire03,6790
Rhode Island02,9010
Vermont01,3850
Wyoming02,6540



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