Image from NFLHS.com
Last season, NFLHS.com published their list that shows which states have the most players on NFL rosters. Before you click on that link, where did you guess the State of Georgia would rank? My guess was 5th. I was wrong.
Best states for producing NFL talent:
1. California - 199The fact that SC appears at #10 is interesting. However, the optimism that Gamecock and Clemson fans probably feel upon reading that might be offset by the knowledge that 9th still leaves them with a talent pool almost half the size of the pool in Georgia. No wonder the Gamecocks are trying so hard to schedule a series with NC State and/or a series with UNC. The Tar Heel state has 45 guys in the NFL.
2. Florida - 179
3. Texas - 176
4. Georgia - 90
5. Ohio - 78
6. Louisiana - 76
7. Pennsylvania - 58
8. Michigan - 50
9. Virginia - 49
10. South Carolina - 48
No one can afford to lose the #1 player in state. Photo: Scout.com
Scott Kennedy at Scout.com stated in a recent discussion that UGA and LSU have two of the best "home court advantages" in the South when it comes to recruiting. Both flagship schools in talent rich states.
But who has the worst in state talent pools among BCS Schools?
1. West Virginia - 4 players on NFL rostersJust for giggles, I went ahead and broke things down by conference. The results aren't what I expected.
2. Connecticut - 6 players
3. Kentucky - 12 (Same # of players as Hawaii)
4. Kansas - 13
5. Minnesota - 13
Helluva a tough gig recruiting at WVU. Photo: MSNSports
Percent of NFL players by conference in '05
SEC states -- 31.66%Note: This list isn't saying which conference produces the most NFL players. It's saying which conferences are located in states that produce NFL players. Also, I only included the home states of Big East football playing schools.
ACC states -- 26.95%
Big East states - 24.35%
Big 10 states -- 20.46%
Big 12 states -- 17.04%
Pac 10 states -- 16.33%
Just another way to look at recruiting. Anything on the list shock you?
hat tip to AaronFullen on DawgPost.com for the link.