Found this on ycombinators hacker news of all places, very cool interactive chart that shows a breakdown by county of where college players are from. can sort by conference, team, position. nothing too suprising but still interesting to play with
Where football players call home (interactive graph)
just noticed the graph links to a blogpost http://blog.modeanalytics.com/where-football-players-call-home/ which has a bit more information and a break down of most geographically diverse schools
I wonder how long it took to create this. Pretty cool though. The big ten footprint is obviously the Midwest and then Florida, Texas, and California.
being from nj and seeing how popular michigan is in this area ive never understood why the University easily gets kids to pack up and pay 40k tuition ... yet doesnt heavily recruit a fertile area that widely favors michigan and doesnt have much competition compared to fla ca or tx
because the majority of 4 and 5 star athletes from NJ are not Jewish kids with long-standing familial ties to UofM.
Thanks for posting
When you look at this map, all fo a sudden the addition of two schools in the MD/DC/VA and NY/NJ areas really does make sense for the Big Ten.
Never knew that East Texas was such a hotbed for talent while the west is a wasteland
You do realize that's where the majority of the population in Texas is, right?
Cattle: a lot
Humans: not so much
That's pretty cool.
I've always been curious about schools like Nebraska and Oklahoma ... where do they get their talent to stay relevant? Nebraska seems to get what home-grown there is in Nebraska, and then they go Texas and California for the most part, with a scattershot of other locations. Oklahoma gets its own state, plus Texas, but less scattershot elsewhere compared to Nebraska.
Texas, on the other hand, does Texas ... heavy concentration of home-grown talent. The state has it; Texas gets it. Ditto Florida.