When thinking about the hotspots of high school football talent in the United
States, the Commonwealth of Virginia does not initially come to mind. Florida,
Texas and California, with their large populations, are regarded as the most
fertile recruiting grounds in the country. They each have enough players to
support more than one big time program. Each of those states has more than one
big time college football program within its borders, and those programs are
maintained by in state talent.
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the state of Virginia in 2003.
The state of Florida provides for perennial powers Miami, Florida and Florida
State, while Texas helps furnish players for Texas and Texas A&M, with
Oklahoma and other top programs landing their share of players as well.
California feeds national champion USC, as well as a rising Cal program.
However, if you are going to base a state’s high school talent on the success
of the in-state programs, Virginia is only behind these three states.
This article looks at recruiting classes dating back to 1996, so let’s go
back to that year and take a look at what both Virginia Tech and UVA have done
on the gridiron since then.
The Hokies have certainly done their part, going to a bowl game every year in
that span (1996-present). Tech has also won three conference championships, two
Big East and one ACC, been to three BCS games, and played for the national
championship in 1999. Also in that span, Tech has gone to three Gator Bowls,
which are played on New Years Day. Just three times since 1996 have the Hokies
been negated to minor bowl status, those coming in 1998, 2002 and 2003. Virginia
Tech has won 84 games since 1996, and lost just 28.
The Hokies have enjoyed unprecedented success over the past decade or so and
have definitely been the elite program in the state, but UVA hasn’t exactly
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