Southeast or Northeast: A Fork in the Road

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Keeping recruits in-state is a big topic amongst folks who follow recruiting closely.  Today we’ll take a look at the major programs from four southeastern states and compare how successful they’ve been in keeping recruits in-state.  At the end, we’ll talk about whether the Hokies are better off recruiting the southeast or the northeast.

In this article, I used the top 10 recruits in the states of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia for the years 2011, 2012 and 2013.  That’s a total of 30 recruits per state.  I used the rankings.  I’m not saying they’re accurate, but for the purpose of comparison, it’s important to use the same rankings for all.

Here’s how it broke down (number of recruits signed is on the left, total number of recruits is on the right)…

Georgia: 13 out of 30
Clemson: 11 out of 30
Virginia Tech: 10 out of 30
South Carolina: 10 out of 30
Virginia: 7 out of 30
North Carolina: 6 out of 30
NC State: 0 out of 30
Wake Forest: 0 out of 30
Duke: 0 out of 30
Georgia Tech: 0 out of 30

On the whole Virginia Tech compares well with other BCS conference programs along the southeastern Atlantic seaboard when it comes to keeping recruits in-state.  Now, let’s take a closer look at each state.


Over the last three recruiting classes, here’s now it’s broken down for the top recruits in the state.

Virginia Tech: 10
Virginia: 7
Other: 13

The Hokies have landed 10 of those 30 recruits, while the Hoos have signed seven.  The remaining 13 elected to go out-of-state.  The first thought is that most of them hopped off to the SEC, but that’s not the case.  Here’s how it breaks down by school…

Stanford: 2
Alabama: 2
UNC: 2
BC: 1
Ohio State: 1
Arkansas: 1
Michigan: 1
Penn State: 1
FSU: 1
Notre Dame: 1

The talent that has left the state of Virginia has spread out as far west as California and as far north as Boston.  There is no one particular school, or one particular conference, that have hurt the Hokies and Hoos more than others.  Virginia is right on the edge of SEC country, right on the edge of Big Ten country, and right in the middle of ACC country, but they are only in the geographic