February 9, 2012

Talent pool: Where the Division I signees are 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 371 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 119 high school players in Florida signed a Division I FBS scholarship. That's far more impressive than Texas, where only one of every 455 players signed a Letter of Intent.

Florida, in fact, was one of just four states to have a ratio of less than 1-to-250 with Georgia coming in second (1 of every 194), Louisiana third (1 of every 214), and Alabama fourth (1 in 243).

In this ranking, Texas is behind the less heralded states of Hawaii and Utah. Of course, those states only combined to produce 37 recruits.

Texas is king in total number of players - it put some distance between itself and Florida (371 to 325). California (228), Georgia (165) and Ohio (159) are the only other states with more than 100 signees.

Vermont, Wyoming, Rhode Island, South Dakota and Maine were the only states that did not produce a single recruit. Four others produced just one, including Montana - where of the 4,632 kids playing high school football only Cody Carriger of Butte (Mont.) High committed to an FBS program and is headed to Oregon.

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
Florida32538,451119
Georgia16532,088194
Louisiana8518,229214
Alabama9422,833243
Hawaii174,875287
Ohio15947,955302
Pennsylvania8326,505319
Maryland/D.C.5016,191324
Oklahoma3212,500391
Utah208,348417
Texas371168,680455
Arizona4420,037455
California228103,921456
Indiana4622,512489
Virginia5225,549491
New Jersey5025,519510
Arkansas2311,929519
Mississippi4222,306531
Tennessee4222,651539
South Carolina3318,879572
Michigan6743,446648
North Carolina5435,691661
Washington3321,846662
Colorado2315,824688
Nevada107,334733
Illinois6547,994738
Kentucky1813,842769
Missouri2221,390972
Delaware33,1461049
Oregon1213,4591122
Kansas1114,3481304
Minnesota1724,0831417
Idaho57,2181444
West Virginia46,1831546
New York2337,6731638
Alaska12,0342034
Wisconsin1428,4952035
Massachusetts1020,3832038
Nebraska410,2912573
Connecticut410,5672642
Iowa719,3752768
North Dakota13,0263026
New Hampshire13,7553755
New Mexico27,6723836
Montana14,6324632
Vermont01,5490
Wyoming02,7380
Rhode Island02,9110
South Dakota03,6790
Maine03,9020




 

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