Posted: 4:37 pm Monday, February 7th, 2011

Florida has more football talent than other U.S. states, study shows 

By Matt Porter

Florida doesn’t have the most Division 1 signees this year – that would be Texas, the largest state in the lower 48 – but Florida is richest in talent, according to a Rivals.com study.

Florida produced more Division 1 scholarships per player than any other state this year. According to data from the National Federation of High School Sports and signees as reported by Division 1 schools and Rivals.com, one of every 111 players in Florida signed a Division 1 scholarship. That’s a better ratio than Louisiana (171), Georgia (185) and much better than Texas (454).

Texas, which has 161,210 players in total, produced 345 Division 1 scholarships, one better than Florida (344), which had 38,268 players.

Besides the above mentioned states, California and Ohio are the only other states to send more than 100 players to Division 1 colleges this year. At the bottom of the scale, Vermont, Wyoming, Rhode Island and New Hampshire are the only states that did not produce a Division 1 recruit.

See the full Rivals.com study here.

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