Gary Patterson Is Right About The South's Defensive Advantage

TCU Horned Frogs coach Gary Patterson works through his theory on how recruiting differs in SEC, Big 12, and Big Ten country, all centered around the South's supposed ability to produce more big-yet-fast defensive linemen than anywhere else. And he's onto something.

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SI.com's Andy Staples looked into this last year, even throwing in a helpful map:

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Despite the fact that the region accounts for only 22.1 percent of the nation's population, 43 percent of the NFL's defensive linemen went to high school in the following 10 states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

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