National Signing Day has passed, and nearly all of the players in the 2020 recruiting class have signed their letters of intent. Alabama, Clemson and Georgia dominated the recruiting field, as we’ve pretty much come to expect. They now head into 2020 and beyond with some of the strongest classes in the nation.
But where are these elite recruits coming from? Hundreds of young athletes from programs across the country – and even the world – have traveled everywhere to find their ideal program.
247Sports calculated which states in the U.S. have produced the most and best recruiting talent heading into 2020. The usual suspects – California, Texas and Florida – all made their mark. But there were a couple of surprises cracking the top five.
Just missing the cut but making the top 10 were New Jersey, Michigan, Tennessee, Alabama and Louisiana. All of those states have been hotbeds for stellar talent in recent years.
— 247Sports (@247Sports) February 12, 2020
Here are the top five states that produced the most college football talent in 2020:
5. North Carolina
- 13 players ranked 4-star or better
- 6 Top 150 players
The Tar Heel State produced a number of high-profile players, including five-star Trenton Simpson, who is taking his talents to Clemson in 2020.
- 30 players ranked 4-star or better
- 16 Top 150 players
By far the biggest hotbed of talent for the Pac-12, Arizona State and USC combined to land 14 top-50 recruits from California. Both of the top two QBs – Bryce Young and DJ Uiagalelei – hail from the Golden State.
- 34 players ranked 4-star or better
- 19 Top 150 players
Three five-star recruits came out of Georgia this year, one each to the Bulldogs, Crimson Tide and Clemson Tigers. Interestingly enough, Auburn snatched the most top-50 players from the Peach State with seven.
- 55 players ranked 4-star or better
- 25 Top 150 players
The second largest state in the U.S. takes second place on the list. Nearly a dozen top-50 players from the Lone Star State are joining the Longhorns – as many as the rest of the Big 12 combined.
- 59 players ranked 4-star or better
- 22 Top 150 players
When it comes to elite talent, the Sunshine State is almost always at the top of the pack. This year was no exception as four top 20 players come out of Florida. Also unsurprisingly, the Gators and the Seminoles lead the way in recruiting, landing 16 top 50 players from within the state.
Which state do you feel produces the best college football talent?