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It seems to me that with USC in a downward spiral, and Oregon being crippled with the loss of Chip Kelly that California prospects are ripe for the picking. This year we seriously recruited Eddie Vanderdoes(#1 prospect in California) for about a month and finished a close 2nd for his signature. This should be a very encouraging sign to our staff.
Texas is floundering with Mack Brown at the helm, and we just pulled one of the top prospects in Texas, A'Shawn Robinson, while only aggressively recruiting him in the weeks leading up to NSD.
With hard work and dedication from our staff hopefully we begin to really flex our recruiting muscle in these two talent rich states for the class of 2014.
I hope Mack Brown stays at Texas & Lane Kiffin at USC for a long, long time, but I think Kiffin's days are numbered more so than Brown.
These states are talent rich due to large population size. If you encapsulate comparable population bases in the Southeast by including several states (ie. combine Georgia & Florida) you will get significantly more college level athletes and better high end talent.
It's also more efficient to recruit close by due to travel time for coaches and increased probability of landing recruits that are within a four radius of campus.
I'm not saying not to recruit a couple of elite players in Cali or Texas but focusing on those states would be like Harvard Medical School spending a large amount of time at Big 12 Schools recruiting for potential Med School applicants. Why do that when you have better, higher quality applicants in the NE at Ivy League Undergrad Programs?
Same applies to recruiting.
Per Capita Ratio of players signing scholarships with major colleges
Florida: 1 out 111
Georgia: 1 out 171
Louisiana: 1 out 185
California: 1 out 412
Texas: 1 out 454
Players in Florida are 4x more likely to sign with a major college than players in Texas. Georgia players are 2.65x more likely than Texas players. There is a different breed of athlete in the SouthEast and it's evident by these numbers as well as a plethora of other studies assessing state origin of NFL players. Florida and Georgia are closer and more efficient at producing high end talent. Spend more time and money traveling to recruit Texas & Cali.
Again, maybe 1-2 players from each state would be great but not worth making a focal point for recruiting.
This post was edited by BamaBornDukie 17 months ago
You get out of it what you put into it!
As it turns out the following factors DO significantly impact the decision of high school athletes:
Whether the athlete made an “official visit” to a specific college
Whether the school is in a BCS conference
The distance from the high school athlete’s hometown to a specific school
Whether the recruit is in the same state as a specific school
The final AP Ranking of a specific school in the previous year of competition
The number of conference titles a school has recorded in recent years
Whether the school is currently under a “bowl ban” for violating NCAA rules
The current number of scholarship reductions a school faces for violating NCAA rules
The size of the team’s stadium (measured in terms of seating capacity)
Whether the school has an on-campus stadium
The current age of the team’s stadium
This website contains information about an econometric model that has been developed by three economists (Mike DuMond, Allen Lynch and Jennifer Platania) to predict the collegiate choices of high school football players.
Amen BamaBornDukie! There is nothing out west that you can't find here in the southeast.
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