Players not from these areas comprise 15 out of Rivals Top 100 and 14 out of ESPN's 150. Not only that, but those that do appear generally do so toward the bottom of both lists.
Only 1 out of 17 of Rivals 5-star players are from outside the region mentioned above, while none of ESPN's 14, 5-star players are from cold-weather states.
Do they honestly believe there are almost zero blue-chippers where the thermometer falls below freezing on a regular basis during the winter?
Either the Big Ten has by far the best coaching in the country or the recruiting analysts are biased toward warmer weather climates when it comes to assessing football talent.