Florida boasts highest percentage of D-I football recruits - by far
Florida is the top producer of Division I football recruits, even when factoring in the number of players in the state.
That's the takeaway from this map produced from NCAA research:
States w/ highest % of HS football players recruited by a DI school:— NCAA Research (@NCAAResearch) April 18, 2017
4-8. (DC), MD, TN, SC, NC pic.twitter.com/N6wNkEQT57
Almost 10 percent of the state's high school players were D-I recruits. That's the most in the country, ahead of Georgia (8.6) and Louisiana (8.1).
While that figure is higher than I thought, it makes sense. Florida is a giant state (third in population, behind California and Texas). It has a reputation for producing great talent, so recruiters keep coming down here.
A lot of the top players are concentrated in major metro areas (south Florida, Tampa Bay, Orlando, Jacksonville), which makes it easy to recruit; fly in, rent a car and see dozens of prospects. That's different from, say, Texas (2.7), which has large population pockets but also miles and miles of...not a whole lot.