Jack Follman of SB Nation's excellent Pac-12 site, Pacific Takes, has a very interesting look at the 12 primary recruiting areas for the Pac-12. Here's a sample:
1. Los Angeles - Could arguably be the most valuable recruiting grounds in the nation with Los Angeles being listed as the hometown for nearly the most NFL players from one city and that likely doesn't include those that list the surrounding areas.The great weather fuels a culture that embraces sports and getting outside and a very residential urban area that seems more like ten thousand small towns instead of one big city that always leads to better athletics. The pool here has a huge deep end with elite talents but also an expansive shallow end as there are always way too many solid three star recruits coming out of the LA each year too count. High Schools like Long Beach Poly, Mater Dei, Dominguez and Oaks Christian tend to produce an incredibly amount of top level recruits each year and Pac-12 coaches regularly bump into each other in the hallways.
- USC - There is no doubt about this one. An offer from USC is like the gold stamp of approval for LA area high school football players that they are a cut above the rest and it is no surprise that they usually have their pick of even the elite athletes in the area each year and don't actually have to recruit much outside of LA if they don't want to. The area has yet to embrace Lane Kiffin as much as they did Pete Carroll but that is likely to change if Kiffin can weather the storm of the sanctions and return USC to their regular dominance of the conference.
- UCLA - There is a wide gap between number one and number two that has widened in recent years. There are pockets of LA where UCLA regularly does better than USC but they are few and far between. However, UCLA holds a significant advantage in the area over other any Pac-12 school not named USC and that is invaluable.
- Cal - This really only developed recently and may cool off a little bit with the loss of some key recruiters, but Cal offers a great opportunity for LA kids to get away from home and go to a new environment that isn't too far away with good academics and a decent football program.
This is some very interesting work, so go check out the rest at Pacific Takes.