Which High Schools Ruled The Draft?

Did the usual suspects of high schools produce the most NFL talent for this past draft? Dive into the last part of Jamie Newberg's series breaking down the 2015 NFL Draft.

Part 1 – What States Ruled The 2015 NFL Draft
Part 2 – What Cities/Counties Ruled The 2015 NFL Draft
Part 3 – What conferences ruled the NFL Draft?

Before I dive into the meat of this feature, I want you to digest and grasp a few numbers:

• Including players on the practice squad and injured reserve, in 2014 there were almost 2,200 players on NFL rosters that comprise the 32 franchises.

• There are over 1.1 million boys playing high school football at over 15,000 high schools throughout the country.

• The number of men playing college football is just over 70,000.

• There were only 256 players picked in the 2015 NFL Draft.

• According to the NCAA, only 0.08% of all high school players make it to the NFL.


Every kid playing the great game of football dreams of playing on Sundays. But as you can see from the numbers posted above, there's just a fortunate and select few that actually make it to the NFL.

That’s why some of the most intriguing numbers to me when poring over the draft data is which high schools are producing the most talent. Clearly, there have been a handful throughout the country that have been like football factories: Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas, Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly, Stone Mountain (Ga.) Stephenson, Gardena (Calif.) Juniper Serra, Dallas (Texas) Carter, Houston (Texas) Nimitz, Desoto (Texas), L.A. (Calif.) Dorsey and Miami (Fla.) Northwestern, to name the heavy hitters.

Even after all of these years covering recruiting, it amazes me to see these schools consistently complete this task. Heck, there are over 15,000 high schools playing football. Having walked many of these hallways, it’s truly an accomplishment to see a school have just one former alum that is/was a professional football player.

Who were the high school leaders in terms of producing 2015 NFL Draft picks? It’s more of the usual suspects.

Once again it’s St. Thomas Aquinas leading the way, as three former Raiders were drafted: wide receivers Phillip Dorsett (Indianapolis), Rashad Greene (Jacksonville) and Bobby Hart (New York Giants). Since 2012, this high school powerhouse has produced a staggering nine draft picks. Do you realize that’s more than 20 states over the same period of time, including Arkansas (8 draft picks since 2012), Oregon (6), Hawaii (4), Iowa (5), Kentucky (6), Colorado (5), Nebraska (5), Indiana (7) and Minnesota (8) and the District of Columbia (4)? Amazing, especially considering the school’s enrollment is 2,100 students.

Look for the St. Thomas Aquinas number to climb. Joey Bosa is an alum and this Ohio State Buckeye could be the very first player taken in the 2016 draft. Bosa is one of quite a few Raiders that will be drafted in the coming years.

There are many high school programs that stand out in South Florida. One is Miami Northwestern. Since 2012, this school has produced seven NFL draft picks and that’s with an enrollment of just over 1,500 students.

Combine St. Thomas Aquinas and Northwestern, with a total enrollment of 3,600 students, and you have 16 draft picks over the last four years. That’s equal to or more than 32 states and D.C. over the same time.

Simply astonishing.


The Best Of The Rest For The 2015 Draft


In addition to St. Thomas Aquinas, 13 other high schools each produced multiple picks in 2015:

Oxford (Al.) – Kwon Alexander (Tampa Bay) and Bobby McCain (Miami)

Prichard (Al.) Vigor – Jalston Fowler (Tennessee) and Darius Philon (San Diego)

Sacramento (Calif.) Grant – Shaq Thompson (Carolina) and James Sample (Jacksonville)

Miami (Fla.) Central – John Miller (Buffalo) and Charles Gaines (Cleveland)

Miami (Fla.) Norland – Duke Johnson (Cleveland) and Ereck Flowers (New York Giants)

Miami (Fla.) Northwestern – Amari Cooper (Oakland) and Tray Walker (Baltimore)

Jackson (Ga.) – Lorenzo Mauldin (New York Jets) and Neiron Ball (Oakland)

Norcross (Ga.) – Max Garcia (Denver) and Geremy Davis (New York Giants)

Stone Mountain (Ga.) Stephenson – Preston Smith (Washington) and Mike Davis (San Francisco)

Suwannee (Ga.) North Gwinnett – C.J. Uzomah (Cincinnati) and Austin Shepherd (Minnesota)

Hutchinson (Ks.) – Geneo Grissom (New England) and Ben Heeney (Oakland)

Denton (Texas) Ryan – Mario Edwards (Oakland) and Bud Sasser (St. Louis)

Kenosha (Wi.) Bradford – Melvin Gordon (San Diego) and Trae Waynes (Minnesota)


Part 1 – What States Ruled The 2015 NFL Draft
Part 2 – What Cities/Counties Ruled The 2015 NFL Draft
Part 3 – What conferences ruled the NFL Draft?/a>


Related stories: NFL Rosters Breakdown Series From Last Fall
Part 1 - Daddy, where are NFL players from?
Part 2- Where do student-athletes major in the NFL?
Part 3 - Drafted vs Undrafted Players
Part 4 – Positional Breakdowns of the NFL: Where are they from?
Part 5 - NFL Veterans: Where are they from?
Part 6 – Top NFL Producing High Schools


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