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Signing Day 2011: Where The Talent Came From

We wanted to put together one final breakdown of where the SEC’s talent came from on signing day 2011.  Below you can see exactly where each school went to land its signees and enrollees in this year’s class.  Or you can look state by state to see which areas of the country produced the most SEC talent.

The schools of the SEC run along the top of the grid with the 27 states and one country — Canada — that sent players to the SEC running down the left side of the grid.

Cyrus Kouandjio and Jadeveon Clowney are still undecided, when they make their selections, we’ll update the grid.

STATE ALA ARK AU UF UGA UK LSU MSU UM USC UT VU TOTAL
AL 7 1 10 0 0 3 1 0 3 0 1 1 27
AR 0 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 9
AZ 2 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6
CA 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 0 1 1 9
CT 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
CO 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
DE 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
FL 4 1 3 13 4 2 0 1 2 4 6 5 45
GA 3 2 5 0 19 8 0 1 0 11 7 1 57
IA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
IL 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 3
IN 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
KS 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 3
KY 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 6
LA 1 1 1 0 0 1 16 2 1 0 0 0 23
MI 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 3
MO 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
MS 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 16 14 0 1 1 35
NC 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 6
NJ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2
NY 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 3
OH 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3
OK 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
SC 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 9 2 0 12
TN 1 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 7 5 17
TX 0 5 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 1 1 11
VA 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 1 5
CAN 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
TOTAL 23 30 24 18 25 26 22 22 27 30 28 21 296

A few notes on this year’s class:

* No school got fewer players from its home state than Vanderbilt with five.  Kentucky was next with just six in-state signees.  The Wildcats lost out on the top three-ranked players in the state.  Arkansas, Tennessee and Alabama each grabbed seven signees from inside their own state’s borders.

* For the second year in a row, Georgia produced more SEC signees than any other state despite the larger talent pool in Florida.  So what gives?  In Georgia, SEC schools are recruiting only against UGA and Georgia Tech.  In the state of Florida, recruits have the option of staying clost to home to play for FBS teams: Florida, Florida State, Miami, South Florida, UCF, Florida Atlantic and Florida International.

* For the second year in a row, Mississippi and Alabama produced more SEC signees than did Louisiana.  Yet from 1988 through 2010, the Pelican State produced more NFL draft picks (251) than either Alabama (178) or Mississippi (137).

* More SEC signees came from Texas (12) than from Arkansas (9) or Kentucky (6).  California produced nine SEC signees.

* SEC teams grabbed just three players from the traditionally deep recruiting base of Ohio (3) and Pennsylvania (0) combined.  Last year league schools got six signees from those states.

* Last year the SEC brought in 305 signees from 23 different states.  This year the total number of signees was 296 entering the league from 27 different states and Canada.

Below is a peek at the year-to-year changes to the SEC’s talent pool.  On the left are the states that produced the most talent for the league on signing day 2010.  On the right are those same states’ numbers for 2011:

2010 Rank State Signees from State Pct. of SEC Signees 2011 Rank State Signees from State Pct. of SEC Signees
1 GA 65 21.3% 1 GA 57 19.2%
2 FL 46 15.0% 2 FL 45 15.2%
3 MS 37 12.1% 3 MS 35 11.8%
4 AL 36 11.8% 4 AL 27 9.1%
5 LA 19 6.2% 5 LA 23 7.7%
6 SC 17 5.5% 6 TN 17 5.7%
7 TX 15 4.9% 7 SC 12 4.0%
8 TN 12 3.9% 8 TX 11 3.7%
9 CA 9 2.9% 9t AR 9 3.0%
10 AR 8 2.6% 9t CA 9 3.0%
11 VA 6 1.9% 11t AZ 6 2.0%
12t NC 5 1.6% 11t KY 6 2.0%
12t OH 5 1.6% 11t NC 6 2.0%
12t OK 5 1.6% 14 VA 5 1.6%
15t KS 4 1.3% 15t IL 3 1.0%
15t KY 4 1.3% 15t KS 3 1.0%
17 MD 3 .9% 15t MI 3 1.0%
18t IL 2 .6% 15t NY 3 1.0%
18t MO 2 .6% 15t OH 3 1.0%
18t NY 2 .6% 20t CT 2 .6%
21t CT 1 .3% 20t DE 2 .6%
22t NJ 1 .3% 20t IN 2 .6%
22t PA 1 .3% 20t NJ 2 .6%
24 IA 1 .3%
24 CO 1 .3%
24 MO 1 .3%
24 OK 1 .3%
24 Canada 1 .3%

(Sidenote — Those few juco signees entering the SEC this year are counted as coming from the state of their junior college.  This is where SEC coaches had to recruit them for signing day 2011.)

 


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