Florida has the most former high school football players taken in 2015 NFL Draft

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If you followed High School Football America over the weekend, you got a pick-by-pick accounting of where every player selected played high school football.  When the numbers were totaled-up, what we found was the big football states, were in-fact, the big football states when it came to the three-day event in Chicago.

Florida led the way with 39 former high school football players being taken during the seven rounds of the draft that had a total of 256 players selected. Georgia finished behind Florida with 30 players drafted.  Texas and California had 27 and 25 players drafted respectively.

In all, 37 states, plus the District of Columbia had former players drafted.  American Samoa, Canada and Germany each had one player drafted.

Here are the totals:

Florida – 39
Georgia – 30
Texas – 27
California – 25
Alabama – 15
Ohio – 10
North Carolina, Pennsylvania – 9
Maryland – 8
Illinois, Michigan, Mississippi – 6
Kansas, Louisiana, New Jersey, Washington – 5
Arizona, Iowa, Missouri, South Carolina, Tennessee – 4
Delaware, Hawaii, Kentucky, Oregon, Virginia, Wisconsin – 2
Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Indiana, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, Oklahoma, Utah, Washington DC – 1
American Samoa -1
Canada – 1
Germany – 1

For the second time since 2010, Florida-power St. Thomas Aquinas had a record-tying three players drafted — #29 Phillip Dorsett, WR (Colts); #139 Rashad Greene, WR (Jaguars); and #226 Bobby Hart, OT (Giants).

Three other Florida schools — Dwyer, Miami Central and Norland — had two players each drafted.

In addition to the three Florida schools, eight other schools had two players selected.

Bradford HS (Wisconsin) – #11 Trae Waynes, DE (Vikings) and #15 Melvin Gordon, RB (Chargers)
Dwyer HS (Florida) – #194 Nick O’Leary, TE (Bills) and #256 Gerald Christian, TE (Cardinals)
Grant Union HS (California) – #25 Shaq Thompson, OLB (Panthers) and #104 James Sample, S (Jaguars)
Hutchinson HS (Kansas) – #97 Geneo Grissom, OLB (Patriots) and #140 Ben Heeney, LB (Raiders)
Miami Central HS (Florida) – #81 John Miller, G (Bills) and #189 Charles Gaines, CB (Browns)
Norcross HS (Georgia) – #133 Max Garcia, C (Broncos) and #186 Geremy Davis, WR (Giants)
Norland HS (Florida) – #9 Ereck Flowers, OT (Giants) and #77 Duke Johnson, RB (Browns)
North Gwinnett HS (Georgia) – #157 C.J. Uzomah, TE (Bengals) and #228 Austin Shepherd, OT (Vikings)
Oxford HS (Alabama) – #124 Kwon Alexander, OLB (Buccaneers) and #145 Bobby McCain, CB (Dolphins)
Stephenson HS (Georgia) – #38 Preston Smith, DE (Redskins) and #126 Mike Davis, RB (49ers)
Vigor HS (Alabama) -#108 Jalston Fowler, FB (Titans) and #192 Darius Philon, DT (Chargers)

The round-by-round selections can be seen below:

Round 1
Round 2
Round 3
Round 4
Round 5
Round 6
Round 7

Bradford’s Waynes and Gordon were the first teammates from the same school taken in the first round since 2010.

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Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.