Recruiting and geography

Recruiting and geography

Submitted by dnak438 on September 11th, 2013 at 11:04 AM

In April, the Mathlete had a very interesting post about the Recruiting map in which he pointed out that

It is also amazing that other than Phoenix, Salt Lake City, Denver and west Texas there are essentially no FBS football recruits between the Pacific coast and I-35. It will be interesting to see what happens with this as geographical boundaries continue to overlap with the ongoing conference expansion.

In the comments I pointed out that this maps on to overall demography. The Mathlete's map of recuits

is not significantly different from the US Census' map of population density by county:

But demography can't explain everything. Some states produce more football talent per capita than others.

Football Study Hall published a blog post today about Where FBS recruits come from, in which they tracked FBS recruits from 2008 to 2013 in raw numbers and per capita (click to their article to see the raw data). Mapped using Google Fusion, the result is the following (click to embiggen): 

Map showing FBS recruits per capita by state

This map illustrates the recruiting advantage of the SEC and the South generally: Lousiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Florida are all well above average in terms of the number of FBS recruits they produce per capita. Texas and Oklahoma are also above average -- and, unfortunately for UT, so is Utah.

The recruiting advantage of Michigan and Ohio State is also thrown into relief. Although Michigan is below average in the number of football recruits it produces (0.61 recruits per 100k, vs. the national average of 0.75), the state of Ohio is well above average (1.31 recruits per 100k, 9th in the nation), and is of course a consistent and significant source of recruits for UM and OSU.

QUICK MGoSurvey - Who will be attending games this year?

QUICK MGoSurvey - Who will be attending games this year?

Submitted by profitgoblue on September 1st, 2011 at 9:46 AM

I created a quick onnline survey in hopes that you all will take about 30 seconds of your time to fill it out when you are able.  I'm curious as to how many MGoMembers plan on attending at least one game this year compared to their age and distance from the Big House, in particular.  I think the results will be interesting and I plan on publishing them in a Diary entry some time after everyone has time to take the survey.  Link?  Link:

Thanks in advance for participating. 

Sorry in advance to those that get annoyed by survey solicitations (I'm usually one of those people but I love MGoSurveys for some reason).