Roster Vitals: 62.5 percent, 109 exports
Schools: Virginia, Virginia Tech
They say Virginia is for lovers. Well, Virginia also is for football.
The Old Dominion’s two schools thrive at keeping their talent in-state. Those that can’t catch on at Virginia or Virginia Tech? Many of them find playing time elsewhere — 113 to be exact. That’s enough to make Virginia among the Top-15 exporters of talent. But Virginia’s strength is its ability to keep talent home. The results are a Virginia Tech program (made of 65 percent Virginians) that’s won four of the last nine ACC titles.
Vitals: 39 percent, 208 exports
Schools: Illinois, Northern Illinois, Northwestern
Illinois’ three schools don’t always strike fear into opponents, especially considering none of them have sniffed a conference title since the Illini claimed the Big Ten in 2001. But, plainly put, the Prairie State is talent-rich. All told, 317 Illinois athletes can be found strapping on shoulder pads on Saturdays in the FBS. Illinois is the No. 1 exporter of talent among schools, after the six aforementioned powerhouses, with 208 of its players traveling outside the Land of Lincoln to play ball.
The 39 percent in-state roster percentage is deceivingly low, considering 42 and 50 percent of Illinois and Northern Illinois players attended high school in the state, respectively. Dragging Illinois down is Northwestern and its 27-percent rate.
Thank you very much. Troy: 49% of its roster is from Alabama. Their chief state for imports: Florida with 28. That makes their roster about 70 percent Alabama and Floridians. I'm a nerd with this stuff (and just about everything else in my life). Thanks!
great piece chris. as a native floridian, i am proud of the football production of my state. i also worked at troy's sports information department in alabama. prior to joining the fbs, troy won an naia and two ncaa division 2 national titles and went to the fcs playoffs each year they were eligible but one. great work my friend.
You'd be correct, Joe. New York, as a state has two FBS schools, but are marginal at best when it comes to supplying talent both home and abroad. Buffalo keeps 36% of NYers on its roster compared to Syracuse's 29%. We're talking a combined 59 of 183 players on both rosters are from New York. Plus, they only ship 88 players to out-of-state schools. Seems like a big state such as that should be loaded to the gills with talent. But, NY has traditionally not been a big college football state. I grew up across the bridge in NJ and everyone there is a Notre Dame fan (until Ray Rice arrived at Rutgers, that is).
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I'm going to go out on a very short limb and guess that New York was pretty far down on the list. For a state of it's size, it certainly doesn't produce much by way of FBS talent.
Good work. Interesting to see some of the states that are on the disappointing list.
Great research by Chris. And SEC fans will love it: Florida, Alabama and Georgia in the Top 5 states and Oregon one of the most overrated.