FOS Recruiting Survey (Pt. 2)

Over the past seven years the FOS Recruiting Survey has reviewed the origins of Division 1A football talent. In this part we look at the recruiting trends over that period both nationally and within Pennsylvania.

Seven Year Rankings

In part one of our survey a state-by-state review of the Class of 2007 was provided, looking at the top talent producing states across the union.

The rankings of our Annual Recruiting Survey have been relatively consistent through the years. With seven years worth of data, it's interesting to see how the states rank over that period of time. Now let's take a closer look at the trends we have seen over the past seven years of the survey.

Top States

Here is how the top 14 states have stacked up over the past six years:

1. California 2238
2. Texas 2216
3. Florida 1619
4. Ohio 885
5. Georgia 818
6. Pennsylvania 514
7. Alabama 490
8. Michigan 457
9. Louisiana 425
10. Illinois 421
11. North Carolina 397
12. Mississippi 379
13. New Jersey 389
14. Virginia 343

Penn State has managed to pull a significant element of talent from several of these top ranked states, including Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, North Carolina, New Jersey and Virginia.

In terms of Pennsylvania specifically, here is how the D1A football talent trend has looked over the past seven years of our survey:

2001: 68
2002: 70
2003: 61
2004: 84
2005: 76
2006: 69
2007: 91

So, over the past seven year period the Class of 2007 was a banner year for the Keystone State.

Stay tuned to for the Recruiting Survey's breakdown of Pennsylvania later this week.


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