College football is King in the South, and that was made most evident by a recent tweet out of ESPN, which summed up just how seriously the southern states take high school and college football.
That’s right, almost half off all recruits signed for Power 5 schools in 2016 came from just eight states: Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas. As Ivan Maisel later pointed out, less than a third of Power 5 schools are in these states, but over half of the recruits are coming from there.
When the home states are producing that much talent, it really does become more difficult for schools in other states to compete. Of course, that doesn’t mean other schools can’t compete; Ohio State just won a national title in the 2014 season, and they are going to have top recruiting classes for years to come. However, it doesn’t look like football dominance will be leaving the South any time soon.