Who Owns New Jersey In Recruiting?

In this ACCSports.com series, we’re looking at every state within the ACC’s footprint and figuring out which programs own them in recruiting.

The ACC, by passing on Rutgers during expansion, doesn’t have a team in New Jersey, but the state is sandwiched between other ACC programs, so it’s within the ACC footprint. New Jersey is small, but it produces a number of top-300 recruits in each class.

To see which schools own New Jersey in recruiting, we scanned the last five recruiting classes (2010-2014). We looked at the top 15 prospects in each class (as ranked by Rivals) and where they decided to play their college ball. Here is what we found out.

Schools Who Signed The Most Top-15 New Jersey Recruits From 2010-2014

Rutgers – 18

Penn State – 8

Boston College – 5

Notre Dame – 5

South Carolina – 4

Miami – 4

Pitt – 3

Florida State – 3

North Carolina – 3

Who Owns It: Rutgers

Dominant ACC Team: Boston College

Percentage Of Top 15 That Went ACC: 22.7 percent

Percentage Of Top 15 That Went SEC: 9.3 percent

Percentage Of Top 15 That Went Big Ten: 21.3 percent

Percentage Of Top 15 That Stayed In-State: 24 percent

Biggest Out-Of-State Predator: Penn State

Biggest Haul Of Top 15 Recruits In One Class: 8 – Rutgers in 2012