College Football Recruiting 2016: State Talent Power Rankings

When looking the national landscape of college football recruiting, there have always been three states—California, Florida and Texas—that stick out above the rest as the country’s top prospect producers.

The Big Three annually produce not only the most high school football players who sign with FBS schools, they also churn out the highest number of heralded blue-chip recruits.

When analyzing the 2016 recruiting class based on 247Sports’ current composite prospect rankings, California, Florida and Texas are yet again a cut above the rest.

Each of three states is home to four 2016 5-star recruits. Plus, they are the clear-cut leaders when it comes to having the number of prospects who are rated as at least 3-stars in the composite ranking.

When using the “3-star and above” measurement to calculate an overall state talent power ranking for the 2016 recruiting class, Florida comes out as the king this year.

Anyone who’s followed recruiting in recent years shouldn’t be surprised at that. The Sunshine State has emerged as an incredible hotbed for young football talent, which is why every powerhouse college football program in the country has tried to connect a recruiting pipeline there.

Florida may be the most talent-rich state for the 2016 recruiting class. But how do other states stack up in terms of the number of quality recruits?

For this power ranking, the “3-star and above” statistic is used to quantify just how much talent each of the 50 states has this year.

Here are the overall state talent power rankings for the 2016 college football recruiting class.

*Note: Unfortunately, yet unsurprisingly, there were five states: Alaska, Maine, Montana, Vermont and Wyoming, that did not quality for the overall ranking, since they did not have any recruit rated as at least three stars.

Rank State 5-Star 4-Star 3-Star Total
1 Florida 4 44 250 298
2 Texas 4 47 203 254
3 California 4 42 176 222
4 Georgia 3 24 160 187
5 Louisiana 1 18 74 93
6 Ohio 1 11 70 82
t7 Alabama 3 4 67 74
t7 North Carolina 1 13 60 74
9 Virginia 1 6 57 64
10 New Jersey 1 7 43 51
11 Tennessee 0 8 42 50
12 Mississippi 0 10 39 49
13 Illinois 0 7 41 48
t14 Maryland 0 11 36 47
t14 Michigan 0 9 38 47
t14 Pennsylvania 0 9 38 47
17 South Carolina 1 4 33 38
t18 Utah 0 2 25 27
t18 Washington 1 2 24 27
20 Indiana 0 4 22 26
21 Oklahoma 0 1 24 25
22 Missouri 0 1 23 24
23 Arkansas 0 3 20 23
24 Arizona 0 5 17 22
25 Minnesota 0 1 16 17
26 New York 0 0 15 15
t27 Hawaii 0 2 12 14
t27 Kentucky 0 2 12 14
t27 Wisconsin 0 2 12 14
t30 Connecticut 0 0 12 12
t30 Nevada 0 0 12 12
32 Oregon 0 2 9 11
t33 Colorado 0 1 8 9
t33 Iowa 0 2 7 9
35 Nebraska 0 0 8 8
t36 Kansas 0 3 4 7
t36 Massachusetts 0 0 7 7
38 West Virginia 0 0 4 4
t39 Delaware 0 0 3 3
t39 New Mexico 0 0 3 3
41 Idaho 0 0 2 2
t42 New Hampshire 0 0 1 1
t42 North Dakota 0 0 1 1
t42 Rhode Island 0 0 1 1
t42 South Dakota 0 4 0 1
NA Alaska 0 0 0 0
NA Maine 0 0 0 0
NA Montana 0 0 0 0
NA Vermont 0 0 0 0
NA Wyoming 0 0 0 0

*Source: 247Sports’ 2016 Composite Recruiting Rankings

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