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.
- Who Owns Florida In Recruiting?
- Who Owns Georgia In Recruiting?
- Who Owns South Carolina In Recruiting?
- Who Owns North Carolina in Recruiting?
- Who Owns Virginia In Recruiting?
- Who Owns Maryland In Recruiting?
- Who Owns Pennsylvania 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