Class of 2011 Look Back
This story originally published on FOXSportsRecruiting.com
Jeff Driskel of Oviedo, Fla.
Jeff Driskel of Oviedo, Fla.
Director of Scouting
Posted Jan 27, 2012
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As we head towards Signing Day, let's take a look back at last year's class to get an idea where the players come from.

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Ever wonder why it seems schools spend more time in one area of the country than another? Or why rankings tend to be weighted more heavily towards one area of the country than another? Can the home state support a top ranked team by itself? More than one? 

Nearly 2,500 high school players signed Division One scholarships as members of the Class of 2011, and here is a breakdown on where they're from and a look at some trends looking back two years to the Class of 2009.

  • The South reigns - At 931 total signees, the South is more than twice as big as the next biggest region in the nation (Midland 456).

  • Everything is bigger in Texas - Texas produced the most D1. With 360 total signed, Texas signs more players than the East region and equals the number of the Midwest. 
    Region #Signees
    South 931
    Midland 456
    West 429
    Midwest 360
    East 260
    Map


  • Where BCS Schools come to recruit - Florida (340) finished second to Texas in total signees but actually had more player sign with BCS schools with 202 to Texas' 197.

  • Talent concentrations - While the Top 5 talent producing states Florida, Texas, California, Georgia, and Ohio only contain 1/3 of the nation's population, they produced more BCS Signees than the other 45 states combined.

  • But you should see the Lacrosse teams - The states of Wyoming, Vermont, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire didn't have a high school player sign a college football scholarship.

  • Does everyone play football? - The five states with the highest ratio of signees per capita are all in the South region, led by Louisiana.

  • On the Rise - Among the states that produced at least 10 signees in 2009 (Class of 2009 Look Back) ,  Kansas had the biggest increase with a 91% jump from 11 in '09 to 21 in '11.

  • On the Decline - Among those same states, Connecticut and Nevada saw the biggest drop off in 2011 with roughly half as many players signed this class.

 

State D1   State BCS   State Pop Millions D1/10K
TX 360   FL 202   LA 4.5 0.191
FL 340   TX 197   FL 18.5 0.183
CA 252   CA 124   MS 3.0 0.176
GA 173   GA 111   GA 9.8 0.176
OH 145   OH 78   AL 4.7 0.168
LA 86   NC 59   TX 24.8 0.145
NC 80   PA 39   HI 1.3 0.131
AL 79   VA 38   OH 11.5 0.126
IL 64   IL 37   OK 3.7 0.122
PA 59   LA 35   AR 2.9 0.100
MI 56   AL 35   UT 2.8 0.097
MS 52   SC 34   SC 4.6 0.096
VA 52   NJ 32   NC 9.4 0.085
TN 48   MS 31   DE 0.9 0.079
OK 45   TN 28   TN 6.3 0.076
SC 44   MI 26   KS 2.8 0.075
AZ 42   AZ 22   CA 37.0 0.068
NJ 42   OK 21   VA 7.9 0.066
MD 36   MD 20   AZ 6.6 0.064
IN 35   IN 20   MD 5.7 0.063
NY 32   NY 19   MI 10.0 0.056
AR 29   KS 18   IN 6.4 0.054
WA 28   WI 15   NE 1.8 0.050
UT 27   WA 14   CO 5.0 0.050
CO 25   KY 14   IL 12.9 0.050
WI 22   AR 13   NJ 8.7 0.048
KS 21   MA 11   PA 12.6 0.047
KY 20   UT 10   KY 4.3 0.046
MO 19   MO 9   NV 2.6 0.045
HI 17   DC 9   NM 2.0 0.045
MA 14   MN 9   WA 6.7 0.042
DC 13   OR 8   WI 5.7 0.039
NV 12   IA 8   MO 6.0 0.032
OR 11   CO 7   OR 3.8 0.029
CAN* 10   HI 7   IA 3.0 0.027
MN 10   NE 6   ID 1.5 0.026
NE 9   DE 6   MA 6.6 0.021
NM 9   CAN* 5   MN 5.3 0.019
IA 8   NM 4   CT 3.5 0.017
DE 7   CT 4   WV 1.8 0.016
CT 6   NV 3   NY 19.5 0.016
ID 4   WV 2   ND 0.6 0.015
WV 3   ND 1   AK 0.7 0.014
AS** 2   SD 1   SD 0.8 0.012
AK 1   ID 0   MT 1.0 0.010
ME 1   AS** 0   ME 1.3 0.008
MT 1   AK 0   NH 1.3 0.000
ND 1   ME 0   RI 1.1 0.000
SD 1   MT 0   VT 0.6 0.000
NH 0   NH 0   WY 0.5 0.000
RI 0   RI 0        
VT 0   VT 0        
WY 0   WY 0        

*Canada
**American Samoa

Percentage Increase / Decrease from 2009

State 2009 2011 % Increase
KS 11 21 90.9%
WI 12 22 83.3%
WA 19 28 47.4%
AR 20 29 45.0%
NY 23 32 39.1%
NC 66 80 21.2%
CA 220 252 14.5%
MS 46 52 13.0%
AZ 38 42 10.5%
GA 157 173 10.2%

 

State 2009 2011 % Decrease
CT 13 6 -53.8%
NV 22 12 -45.5%
HI 28 17 -39.3%
MD 53 36 -32.1%
VA 73 52 -28.8%
IA 11 8 -27.3%
PA 75 59 -21.3%
MO 24 19 -20.8%
KY 24 20 -16.7%
OK 54 45 -16.7%

Scott Kennedy is the Director of Scouting for Scout.com

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