Incredibly Cool Maps Showing Where College Football Players Come From

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    The title is pretty self-explanatory, but here are some awesome interactive maps showing where college football players come from, broken down by county. You can see the county shading based on raw numbers or per capita, and you can even sort by position.

    One thing that's interesting about Florida: if you look at the state by per capita numbers, the only county that really stands out is Jefferson, though Indian River, Sumter and Manatee look pretty good as well.
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    Cool! Thanks for sharing!
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    Wow, nearly a thousand from south Florida alone...
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    Interesting to look at some of these. For example Utah and Idaho churn out a lot of D1 players for having very small populations. With the exception of Seattle and Michigan, the northern part of the states doesn't really make any. I'm just wondering if there are better players there that don't get any recognition.
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    Alabama does better per capita than I expected; the counties in the southwest part of that state really churn out some players (93 from Mobile alone, against a population of about 20,000 college-aged males).
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    Interesting to see the imbalance in Texas. Makes sense, considering the big cities are on the eastern side, but wow . . . it's all/nothing from east to west.
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    Western Pennsylvania still has its share. It was once known as the cradle.
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    Wow...now when my kids ask that inevitable question of "Daddy, Where do college football players come from?" My wife and I wont look at each other speechless... I can just point to this map and buy ourselves a little time. This sure makes for a more comfortable couple of years in my house now.:D
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    yes but they are struggling in the kickers and punters department. waste of time recruiting that area:D
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    funny to see how many rural areas pop up under oline. the ole cornfed midwestern lineman lives on
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    You have to remember that alot of the bigger athletes from the north play this sport called Bull Hockey....or something like that. For many areas it is THE sport and the interest in football is a distant second.
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    Interesting that Williamson County, TN is hotter than any county in FL save for Jefferson, per capita. Doesn't surprise me though. That county is loaded with money.
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    Great find, thanks.
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    Well not in count, but in per capita. There are areas in Idaho that crush every county in Florida per capita, because the population is relatively low. There are only 6K college aged boys in Williamson County.

    It's part of what makes the map hard to parse. Per Capita would theoretically be the most valuable except for the large sample size discrepancy. There's a few counties with less than 100 college aged boys so just having one D1 player turns it red.
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    Most of the FBS schools have 106 to 112 players. Florida State has 129???
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    I would love to see a per capita map that only uses the population of people under 65 (or something similar). I guarantee that many of the central and south Florida counties would look a lot different if you took away the snowbirds and transplants who are not from the area.
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    Reminds me how incredibly difficult it is to get a college scholarship playing football.
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    South Florida is a hot bed of talent
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    They keep a few spares around to make up for the Criminoles.
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    Interesting. Surprised to see NY represent so well and even more surprised to see nobody from Glades County by the lake.

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