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Its ESPN, but still a good read about the "Big 3" fball recruiting hotbeds and how this came about.....
California, Florida and Texas continue to be the go-to spots for college coaches to find top football recruits.
This post was edited by caGdawg 15 months ago
Well they are the three biggest states in America.??!?! What did the author expect?
I'm not sure that interviewing high school seniors from Cali, Florida and Texas really proves or explains anything.
+1. It's more anecdotal than anything but one can also point towards a football culture being established in these areas. Some of these high schools have even got such large donor bases that they allow these kids get to play in HS stadiums that are equal to if not better than some of the non-AQ D1 schools both in quality AND in the number of people watching them play. Parents/alums/etc bankroll this stuff. Too hot to practice out in that 100 degree heat??? Screw it, let's build an indoor practice facility.
Most of these kids have been playing an organized form of the sport since they were in grade school! They have been coached and conditioned for football starting at a very young age. Is it really that much of a surprise that many of the kids out of these states are so damn good?
Go ahead and Google Kentucky "youth football" and compare the number of search results vs any of these states. One of the top search results "No youth football tournament listings in Kentucky." We've got more of a love of the roundball around these parts
The Packers found out how serious Texas is about its high school football after practicing at a Dallas-area school.
- National Football League news
Texas football culture is unreal, to sign up for football even in 5th grade (Tackle) you have to get in line at 5:30, when sign ups start at 9.
"Get on board, or get out the way"- Vance Bedford
Yet, until very recently, the state of Kentucky hadn't been producing top 5-star talent in basketball on a consistent basis. I think that it is culture that drives those states recruiting superiority, but mainly because they are warm, highly populated states that can play football year-round. Basketball, being an indoor sport, is able to be fostered year-round in all states, thus it's more likely to find top talent widespread. Couple this with the AAU dominant-culture in basketball and the lower player numbers on a team (13-15 in basketball versus 50+ for football), it is possible to travel nationally for basketball games to play the "best". In football, high school athletics are still king and you only travel regionally and typically within your state.
THIS, if anything prospect wise our state produces a much better quality and number in football than hoops. No one really cares about HS bball in this town, and even in pure Uk towns in eastern KY, HS football is a bigger deal. Has nothing to do with people liking hoops more. If that were the case, why aren't we producing tons of elite bball talent?
It comes down to population,comittment starting at young age, organziation,etc. But our state has made great strides in football prospects.
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