Nov 17, 2023 - News

Where Utah's college football recruits come from

Share of Utah college football players, by home state
Data: cfbstats; Chart: Simran Parwani/Axios

Where do Utah's college football players come from?

  • Here, more than anywhere else.

By the numbers: Nearly 40% of Utah's players in the Power 5 conferences are from in-state.

  • California was our second biggest player contributor, at 24%.

The big picture: An Axios analysis of recruiting data shows that, across the country, college football programs are increasingly recruiting from out of state.

Why it matters: The growing professionalization and commercialization of college athletics are reshaping the recruiting landscape.

Zoom out: Texas boasts the highest in-state share, with 78% of its players coming from there.

  • Other states with high in-state shares include Georgia, Florida and California — traditional powerhouses in college football.
  • Meanwhile, schools in the northeast and central U.S. tend to recruit more from out of state. Massachusetts has the lowest in-state share, just 20%.
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