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Map shows the states with the best college football recruiting situations

Having a lot of talent in your state in great. Not having to fight other in-state schools is even better.

Three states are considered college football's recruiting elites: California, Florida, and Texas. There's one problem: each has at least seven FBS programs.

So which states have the most FBS talent per program?

Let's divide each state's average annual number of 247Sports Composite three-star-and-up recruits by its number of FBS programs, all over the last five classes. For states without FBS programs, the number is the state's average of such recruits per year.

Map here, with full data below:

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Leading is New Jersey, with 44.4 FBS-level recruits per year and just one program, Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights don't have a history of championships, but there's more than enough talent to sustain a successful program.

Georgia, which only trails the big three in raw numbers, comes in at second place in density due to its relatively small number of FBS schools (four). Missouri, a state that produces more than 20 FBS-level recruits per year with just one program, also rates well.

Despite having so many programs, the big three still rate well here, with Florida by far in front.

Maryland ranks seventh with 36.8 three-star-and-up recruits per year and just two programs, but one (Navy) is a service academy, and those don't recruit all that locally. Virginia also ranks well, and throw in D.C., a tiny area that produces 10.8 such recruits per year. The DMV appears to be underutilized by national powers, and NFL Draft results seem to agree.

On the lower end are Kentucky and West Virginia. Louisville and WVU have succeeded by recruiting Florida especially hard. Marshall does too, while Kentucky's turned to the Midwest in the last couple years.

Full numbers

State Total 3/4/5-stars # of FBS schools 3/4/5-stars per FBS school
New Jersey 222 1 44.4
Georgia 758 4 37.9
Florida 1,295 7 37
California 878 7 25.1
Texas 1,337 12 22.3
Missouri 104 1 20.8
Maryland* 184 2 18.4
South Carolina 173 2 17.3
Pennsylvania 257 3 17.1
Virginia* 245 3 16.3
Illinois 232 3 15.5
Alabama 277 4 13.9
Louisiana 333 5 13.3
Arizona 131 2 13.1
Mississippi 182 3 12.1
Ohio 462 8 11.6
Wisconsin 54 1 10.8
North Carolina 284 6** 9.5
Hawaii 47 1 9.4
Washington 94 2 9.4
Tennessee 184 4 9.2
Arkansas 89 2 8.9
Connecticut 39 1 7.8
Oklahoma 116 3 7.7
Michigan 190 5 7.6
Minnesota 36 1 7.2
Indiana 132 4 6.6
Utah 98 3 6.5
Kansas 58 2 5.8
Massachusetts 52 2 5.2
New York 78 3 5.2
Nebraska 24 1 4.8
Oregon 43 2 4.3
Iowa 41 2 4.1
Nevada 41 2 4.1
Colorado 60 3 4
Kentucky 59 3 3.9
Idaho 16 2 1.6
New Mexico 10 2 1
West Virginia 10 2 1
Wyoming 2 1 0.4

* D.C. could be included in either of these, but it's in the following list of areas without FBS programs.

** Charlotte's joining this year. Not yet included.

State w/o FBS school Total 3/4/5-stars Per year
District of Columbia 54 10.8
Delaware 17 3.4
South Dakota 4 0.8
New Hampshire 3 0.6
Rhode Island 3 0.6
Montana 2 0.4
North Dakota 2 0.4
Maine 1 0.2
Vermont 1 0.2
Alaska 0 0