Which states produced the most Class of 2016 FBS college football players?

National Letter of Intent early signing period

Last month, after High School Football America took a round-by-round look at where 2016 NFL Draft picks went to high school, I thought it would be fun to look back at the 2016 National Letter of Intent signing day to see which states produced the most scholarship players for Division I/Football Bowl Subdivision teams.  We gathered our information, by looking at every FBS school’s website for their official list of scholarship players.  We did not include Air Force, Army and Navy, because the academies don’t release names until players arrive on campus over the summer.

According to our research, 2,388 student-athletes were awarded FBS scholarships.  Florida led the way with 336 student-athletes from Sunshine State schools being given scholarships.  Texas was right behind with 332 players, followed by California with 224 players, Georgia with 213 and Ohio with 121.

IMG Academy in Florida led all schools with 15 FBS signees, followed closely by fellow Floridian St. Thomas Aquinas with 13.

Below is the state-by-state breakdown.  Click on the state to see the complete list of players with their high schools and where they signed.

Florida – 336

Texas – 332

California – 224

Georgia – 213

Ohio – 121

Louisiana – 98

Alabama – 94

North Carolina – 83

Michigan – 72

Illinois – 66

Virginia – 58

Pennsylvania – 56

Maryland – 50

New Jersey – 48

Mississippi – 45

Tennessee – 39

Indiana – 38

South Carolina – 36

Washington – 35

Oklahoma, Utah – 33

Missouri – 27

Arizona – 23

Kentucky – 20

New York – 19

Hawaii, Minnesota – 18

Arkansas – 16

Colorado, Kansas, Wisconsin – 15

Oregon – 14

Nevada – 13

Iowa – 12

Massachusetts – 11

Connecticut – 9

Nebraska, New Mexico, Washington DC – 6

West Virginia – 5

Idaho – 3

Delaware, Wyoming – 2

North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota – 1

Alaska, Maine, Montana, New Hampshire, Vermont – 0

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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.