The top recruiting states for college football can be evaluated a few different ways, but percentage-wise, the top three states all sit in SEC territory.
According to NCAA Research, Florida has a higher percentage of high school players recruited by Division I programs (9.9 percent) than any other state in the U.S. Georgia is second at 8.6 percent, and Louisiana is third at 8.1 percent.
States w/ highest % of HS football players recruited by a DI school:
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Those numbers are great news for the SEC football programs in those states. As in-state powerhouses, Florida, Georgia and LSU often get their pick of the top recruits from some of the most talent-rich regions in the country.
The state of Florida is often lumped with Texas and California as one of the three top recruiting states in the country because of the total number of college football players those states produce. But Florida high school football players are far more likely to make to the FBS or FCS than players from the other two states.
At 9.9 percent, almost one out of every 10 high school players in Florida make it to a D-I program. That’s more than twice the rate for players in California (3.5 percent) and more than three times the rate in Texas (2.7 percent).
Georgia and Louisiana aren’t far behind. And unlike the Gators, who inevitably share in-state recruits with two other Power 5 programs in Florida State and Miami, Georgia and LSU get a bigger share of the pie in their respective states. The Bulldogs only have one other Power 5 program in the state in Georgia Tech. LSU is the only Power 5 program in Louisiana.
The NCAA calculated the numbers by comparing the number of D-I recruits to come out of each state from 2013-2016 to the total number of high school players in each state for the 2015-2016 season.