The initial early signing period is set to kick off Wednesday, and a recent story in The Advocate took an in-depth look at which states produce the most Power 5 recruits.
In the article at The Advocate
, David Ching wrestles with the question of whether or not it is necessary for school’s to dominate in-state recruiting. The ultimate answer is that it depends on the school and state, but a variety of interesting numbers were produced through the research.
Of the four Playoff teams in 2017, Georgia posted far and away the highest percentage of in-state recruits on roster over the past decade. 63.1 percent of Bulldogs signees since 2008 came from Georgia. That percentage ranks ninth out of all Power 5 teams since 2008. By comparison, just 33.9 percent of Alabama’s signees from that same time period came from Alabama.
a few screenshots from the article of which schools lead the nation in terms of recruiting in-state to add to the comparison. Four schools from Texas: Baylor, Texas, Texas A&M, and TCU, occupied the top four spots.
Georgia is the only SEC school in the top 10 while Florida, Mississippi State, and LSU all finished above 50% in terms of percentage of signees coming in-state:
It is also worth noting which state’s produce the most Power 5 recruits. While Texas definitely leads in total Power 5 recruits produced, Georgia claims the top spot when looking at per capita recruits. Dellenger shared another screenshot, this t
ime of the number of Power 5 recruits produced along with the per capita rankings.
In terms of per capita, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, Florida, and Alabama claimed the top five spots:
It may not be necessary to always dominate in-state recruiting. However, the per capita rankings definitely illustrate that a lot of the top talent is right at home for the SEC.