Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Where does NFL talent come from?

Which high schools and states produce the most NFL talent?
Two high schools on opposite coasts -- Dillard in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. and Tustin in Tustin, California -- top the list of high schools with the most 2008 NFL players with six each, USA Football announced Tuesday.
The totals are based on the 1,693 players on NFL opening-week rosters.
NFL players hail from 1,393 high schools in 48 states and the District of Columbia, four foreign
countries and one U.S. territory (American Samoa).

High schools with the most NFL players (six apiece)

Dillard, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. - Isaac Bruce, SF; Chris Gamble, CAR; Jovan Haye,
TB; Stanley McClover, HOU; Josh Shaw, DEN; Pat Sims, CIN.

Tustin, Tustin, California - Sam Baker, ATL; Beau Bell, CLV; Chris Chester,
BLT; DeShaun Foster, SF; Matt McCoy, TB; Frostee Rucker, CIN.

Four high schools have five players each:
Catholic, Baton Rouge, Louisiana - Warrick Dunn, TB; Brandon Harrison, HOU; Donnie
Jones, STL; Travis Minor, STL; Chris Williams, CHI.
De La Salle, Concord, California - Maurice Jones-Drew, JAX; Derek Landri, JAX; Amani
Toomer, NYG; Demetrius Williams, BLT; D.J. Williams, DEN.
Evangel Christian, Shreveport, Louisiana - Brock Berlin, STL; John David Booty, MIN; Keyunta Dawson, IND; Jacob Hester, SD; Jonathan Wade, STL.
Glenville, Cleveland, Ohio - Ted Ginn, MIA; Antwaun Molden, HOU; Troy Smith, BLT; Donte Whitner, BUF; Pierre Woods, NE.
Thirteen high schools have four players each in the NFL this year. Thirty-two schools boast three NFLers, while 167 have two players apiece:

Number of high schools with 3 NFL players: 32
Number of high schools with 2 NFL players: 167
Number of high schools with 1 NFL player: 1,175

California 214
Florida 185
Texas 170
Ohio 90
Georgia 83
Louisiana 73
Virginia 61
Michigan 57
South Carolina 51
Alabama 48
Pennsylvania 47
North Carolina 41
Mississippi 39
Illinois 38

Miami 34
Houston 27
Detroit 16
Atlanta 12
Ft. Lauderdale 12
San Diego 12
Cleveland 11
Los Angeles 11
Baton Rouge 10
Chicago 10
Cincinnati 10
Jacksonville 10
New Orleans 9
Dallas 8

AMERICAN SAMOA: The United States territory of American Samoa has five NFL players, including two with the Cincinnati Bengals -- DE Jonathan Fanene and DT Domata Peko. Chicago has DT Matt Toeaina, Miami DT Paul Soliai and San Francisco DT Isaac Sopoaga.
FOREIGN COUNTRIES: Canada (10) led the list of foreign countries with NFL players who attended
high schools in the country, followed by Australia (3), Great Britain (1) and Panama (1):

-- Cliff Mehrtens


Anonymous said...

LW - What do you think about Knotts heading up the new program at UNCC in 2013? Do you know what that first class would be like!!!

Anonymous said...

LW - What do you think about Knotts heading up the new program at UNCC in 2013? Do you know what that first class would be like!!!