NCAA graphic shows why SEC schools have an abundance of talent, rule NFL Draft
The main factor in determining wins and losses in major college football is clearly overall talent on the roster. According to the NCAA, six of the top eight states with the highest percentage of high school players being recruiting by Division I schools hail from regions either containing SEC programs or areas heavily recruited by the league’s institutions.
Based on this graphic alone, it should come as no surprise that the SEC is annually perceived as the conference with the most talent on its rosters each fall and proves that point in the spring by having more players selected in the NFL draft than any league. Florida, Georgia, and Louisiana currently have the greatest concentration of players being recruited at college football’s highest level, but somewhat surprisingly, Tennessee and both North Carolina and South Carolina also rank in the top 8 nationally in this metric.
States w/ highest % of HS football players recruited by a DI school:
4-8. (DC), MD, TN, SC, NC pic.twitter.com/N6wNkEQT57
— NCAA Research (@NCAAResearch) April 18, 2017
These numbers also point to the recent success of the ACC, which has captured two of the last four national championships (FSU in 2013, Clemson in 2016) and perhaps why only one school (Ohio State in 2014) has won a national title outside of the SEC/ACC landscape since 2005 (Texas). The SEC (570) and ACC (475) have also had more combined NFL draft picks than any other conferences since 2005.
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