College Football Recruiting 2016: Breaking Down the Top 10 Classes By State

There’s no right or wrong way for a college football coaching staff to build a great recruiting class. Some coaches prefer to focus on their own backyard and make in-state recruiting the top priority, while others prefer to branch out and go searching around the nation for talent.

Those different strategies and philosophies can be seen in the top 10-ranked recruiting classes for the 2016 class.

Here’s a look at a complete breakdown by state for the top 10 classes (based on 247Sports’ Composite Team Rankings).

* Note: For this data, Washington DC is considered its own state.

1 – Alabama Crimson Tide

Total Commitments: 24

Different States: 13

  • Alabama: 6
  • Texas: 4
  • California: 2
  • Mississippi: 2
  • Louisiana: 2
  • Florida: 1
  • Georgia: 1
  • Maryland: 1
  • Mississippi: 1
  • New York: 1
  • North Carolina: 1
  • Oklahoma: 1
  • Washington DC: 1

 

2 – Florida State Seminoles

Total Commitments: 25

Different States: 12

  • Florida: 11
  • North Carolina: 3
  • Virginia: 2
  • California: 1
  • Georgia: 1
  • Kansas: 1
  • Louisiana: 1
  • Missouri: 1
  • New York: 1
  • Pennsylvania: 1
  • Texas: 1
  • Washington DC: 1

 

3- LSU Tigers

Total Commitments: 23

Different States: 5

  • Louisiana: 16
  • Texas: 3
  • Florida: 2
  • Alabama: 1
  • Arizona: 1

 

4- Ohio State Buckeyes

Total Commitments: 25

Different States: 11

  • Ohio: 9
  • Florida: 4
  • Maryland: 3
  • New York: 2
  • Illinois: 1
  • Indiana: 1
  • Kentucky: 1
  • Michigan: 1
  • New Jersey: 1
  • North Carolina: 1
  • Virginia: 1

 

5- Michigan Wolverines

Total Commitments: 28

Different States: 13

  • Florida: 6
  • New Jersey: 6
  • California: 3
  • Michigan: 3
  • Indiana: 2
  • Alabama: 1
  • Colorado: 1
  • Georgia: 1
  • Maryland: 1
  • Massachusetts: 1
  • Pennsylvania:1
  • Tennessee: 1
  • Wisconsin: 1

 


 

6- Ole Miss Rebels

Total Commitments: 24

Different States: 8

  • Mississippi: 6
  • Texas: 5
  • Georgia: 4
  • Florida: 3
  • Tennessee: 3
  • Massachusetts: 1
  • Illinois: 1
  • Alabama: 1

 

7 – Georgia Bulldogs

Total Commitments: 20

Different States: 5

  • Georgia: 14
  • Florida: 3
  • Washington: 1
  • Mississippi: 1
  • North Carolina: 1

 

8 – USC Trojans

Total Commitments: 20

Different States: 7

  • California: 11
  • Florida: 2
  • Georgia: 2
  • Hawaii: 2
  • Arizona: 1
  • Pennsylvania: 1
  • Alabama: 1

9 – Auburn Tigers

Total Commitments: 21

Different States: 6

  • Florida: 6
  • Georgia: 6
  • Alabama: 5
  • Mississippi: 2
  • Ohio: 1
  • North Carolina: 1

 

10 – Clemson Tigers

Total Commitments: 22

Different States: 8

  • Georgia: 5
  • North Carolina: 4
  • South Carolina: 4
  • Florida: 3
  • Kansas: 2
  • Virginia: 2
  • Texas: 1
  • Alabama: 1

 

What do these numbers tell us?

Of the top 10 classes, Alabama and Michigan have the two most geographically diverse groups. The Tide and the Wolverines each had 13 different states represented in their 2016 classes. Florida State (12) and Ohio State (11) both had a double-digit amount of states represented as well.

Here’s how all 10 classes stack up in terms of number of different states represented in their 2016 classes.

  • Alabama Crimson Tide: 13
  • Michigan Wolverines: 13
  • Florida State Seminoles: 12
  • Ohio State Buckeyes: 11
  • Ole Miss Rebels: 8
  • Clemson Tigers: 8
  • USC Trojans: 7
  • Auburn Tigers: 6
  • LSU Tigers: 5
  • Georgia Bulldogs: 5

That just goes to show the type of national reach that coaches like Nick Saban, Jim Harbaugh, Jimbo Fisher and Urban Meyer truly have. Still, it’s certainly not an indictment on either Les Miles or Kirby Smart. Both LSU and Georgia are located in two of the most talent-rich states in the country. It’s understandable that Miles and Smart didn’t have to travel far to load up on quality recruits.

It’s also interesting to note that Florida is the only state that has at least one recruit in every single one of the top 10 classes.

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