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2018 Signees by State

By Barry Every
SouthernPigskin.com
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Texas regains the top spot for the greatest number of FBS signees coming out of high school; last season Florida temporally stole the top dog for the first time in history. Also regaining its customary 3-spot was California who was overtaken last year by Georgia.

Texas regains the top spot for the greatest number of FBS signees coming out of high school; last season Florida temporally stole the top dog for the first time in history. Also regaining its customary 3-spot was California who was overtaken last year by Georgia. The 2018 signing class was dominated by the Southeast as 41.4% of all high school signees from the United States came from this region of the country.

Regionally the Southeast remains the premier producer of FBS talent as 991 players from this region of the country signed this past February, that is more than double the next closest region. Coming in second was the West which produced (404) followed by the Southwest (391), Midwest (347) and the East (259). The West Region produced 33 more FBS signees from the previous year while the Midwest had a deficit of 59.

Four states and one country saw a record number of signees in an individual class over the last 11 seasons. South Carolina produced  a  record number with 62, more than 20 more their 11-year average. Also setting high marks where Utah (36), New York (35), Oregon (18) and the District of Columbia (14). Internationally Australia passed it highest mark of four, set last year, with seven in the latest recruiting cycle.

States that saw all-time lows over the last 11 recruiting cycles were Ohio (101), Virginia (49), Oklahoma (27) and Kansas (5). Michigan (57) and Nebraska (4) tied all-time lows over that same period.

From 2008 through 2013 California produced an average of 235.8 DI signees while the Peach State yielded an average of 158.3. Since that time the Golden State has averaged 226.6 FBS signees while Georgia has ballooned to an average of 207.

Two states going in different directions are Ohio and North Carolina. The Buckeye State averaged 151.5 DI signees from 2008 to 2013, since that time they are only averaging 122.6 per recruiting cycle. On the other hand The Tar Heel State continues to blossom as a hotbed in recruiting.  North Carolina produced an average of 59.5 from 2008 to 2013, over the last five years that average has reached 73.2 signees per year.

These numbers do not include those prospects that signed with Air Force, Army and Navy. Technically they have no limit on the number of prospects signed in a class, as each individual that attends one of these prestigious academies is on a full-ride.

We would again like to thank Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine for supplying the information needed.

Below is a chart displaying the number of high school football players each state has produced over the last 11 recruiting cycles.