Who Owns The Other States 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.

We’ve covered the big ones, but there are still a handful of states that sit within the ACC footprint but aren’t producers of top-notch talent. States like Connecticut, New York and Massachusetts provide powerful TV markets for the ACC, which was an essential element of the ACC’s growth, but they aren’t known for high school football. Still, a few talented players emerge from them each year.

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

DELAWARE

Schools Who Signed The Most Top-5 Delaware Recruits From 2010-2014

Delaware – 3

Boston College – 2

N.C. State – 2

Rutgers – 2

Penn State – 2

Maryland – 2

Who Owns It: Delaware

Dominant ACC Team: Boston College and N.C. State

Percentage Of Top 5 That Went ACC: 32 percent

Percentage Of Top 5 That Went SEC: 8 percent

Percentage Of Top 5 That Went Big Ten: 20 percent

Percentage Of Top 5 That Stayed In-State: 12 percent

Biggest Out-Of-State Predator: Boston College, N.C. State, Rutgers, Penn State, Maryland

Biggest Haul Of Top 5 Recruits In One Class: 2 – N.C. State in 2012; Rutgers in 2013; Penn State in 2014; Delaware in 2013

CONNECTICUT

Schools Who Signed The Most Top-5 Connecticut Recruits From 2010-2014

Connecticut – 8

Penn State – 3

Boston College – 2

Florida – 2

Who Owns It: Connecticut

Dominant ACC Team: Boston College

Percentage Of Top 5 That Went ACC: 28 percent

Percentage Of Top 5 That Went SEC: 8 percent

Percentage Of Top 5 That Went Big Ten: 12 percent

Percentage Of Top 5 That Stayed In-State: 32 percent

Biggest Out-Of-State Predator: Penn State

Biggest Haul Of Top 5 Recruits In One Class: 3 – Connecticut in 2013

MASSACHUSETTS

Schools Who Signed The Most Top-5 Massachusetts Recruits From 2010-2014

Boston College – 8

Wake Forest – 2

Ohio State – 2

Virginia – 2

Who Owns It: Boston College

Dominant ACC Team: Boston College

Percentage Of Top 5 That Went ACC: 56 percent

Percentage Of Top 5 That Went SEC: 0 percent

Percentage Of Top 5 That Went Big Ten: 28 percent

Percentage Of Top 5 That Stayed In-State: 32 percent

Biggest Out-Of-State Predator: Wake Forest, Ohio State, Virginia

Biggest Haul Of Top 5 Recruits In One Class: 4 – Boston College in 2014

NEW YORK

Schools Who Signed The Most Top-5 New York Recruits From 2010-2014

Notre Dame – 3

Rutgers – 3

Florida – 2

Penn State – 2

Clemson – 2

Pitt – 2

Who Owns It: Notre Dame and Rutgers

Dominant ACC Team: Clemson and Pitt

Percentage Of Top 5 That Went ACC: 40 percent

Percentage Of Top 5 That Went SEC: 8 percent

Percentage Of Top 5 That Went Big Ten: 16 percent

Percentage Of Top 5 That Stayed In-State: 4 percent

Biggest Out-Of-State Predator: Notre Dame, Rutgers

Biggest Haul Of Top 5 Recruits In One Class: 2 – Rutgers in 2011 and Pitt in 2014

KENTUCKY

Schools Who Signed The Most Top-5 Kentucky Recruits From 2010-2014

Kentucky – 12

Notre Dame – 2

Louisville – 2

Who Owns It: Kentucky

Dominant ACC Team: Louisville

Percentage Of Top 5 That Went ACC: 4 percent

Percentage Of Top 5 That Went SEC: 60 percent

Percentage Of Top 5 That Went Big Ten: 4 percent

Percentage Of Top 5 That Stayed In-State: 60 percent

Biggest Out-Of-State Predator: Notre Dame

Biggest Haul Of Top 5 Recruits In One Class: 4 – Kentucky in 2014

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