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    Keeping the best talent in the state

    The Big Men on Campus – Keeping Top Football Recruits in State | Harvard Sports Analysis Collective

    This is an interesting article that shows how much of the "elite" high school talent (4 star and 5 star only) plays BCS football in the state they went to high school. It looks like Iowa had one 4 star recruit, and he left the state.


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    Re: Keeping the best talent in the state

    Rivals had two 4-star recruits from Iowa:

    Christian French - Oregon
    Austin Blythe - Iowa



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    Re: Keeping the best talent in the state

    You have to wonder how florida grows so many 4 and 5 star players. I'd have thought Texas would have been a little closer in terms of number of stars from the state, but a difference of almost 100? Wow.


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    Re: Keeping the best talent in the state

    Quote Originally Posted by jsmith86 View Post
    You have to wonder how florida grows so many 4 and 5 star players. I'd have thought Texas would have been a little closer in terms of number of stars from the state, but a difference of almost 100? Wow.
    Florida is one of the most populous states in the nation, but I also think the evaluators favor Florida simply because they expect to find a bunch of 4-5 star guys. If you think someone should be real good, you can convince yourself that they are. You can find good players elsewhere, but population, reputation, and culture will almost always ensure that Florida, Texas, and California are well scouted.



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    Re: Keeping the best talent in the state

    I believe those states also have high school spring football. It's much easier to evaluate talent when you can actually go watch the kids practice live in Feb/March. Not to mention the fact that they get a few extra weeks of practice each year which, from junior high through high school, probably has a large cumulative effect.

    I did notice that the article failed to mention which scouting service they used to determine how many stars each player was.

    Also, the difference between Florida and Texas is 100 stars, not 100 players. So it's actually (20) 5 star players or (25) 4 star players, or some combination.


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