2016 5-Star and 4-Star High School Recruits - Top 12 Facts

January 31, 2016 by SbS Football Staff | with 0 comments

Now that the 2015 college football season has ended, coaches, players and fans are turning their attention to the 2016 season. 

Only seven months away, schedules are being studied, travel plans are being made, and rosters are being analyzed to identify which players will determine each team’s success.

Although many of the incoming freshman have already decided which college they will attend, many are still undecided and will make their choices known this Wednesday during National Signing Day.

In preparation for the this year’s signing day, we provide our Top 12 geographical facts (in no particular order) of where the 5-Star and 4-Star players in the 2016 college football recruiting class are from.

Top 12 Roster Facts

1. Of the 337 players in the 2016 recruiting class who are considered 5-Star or 4-Star players, 149 of them (approximately 45%) are from either Texas (53), Florida (49) or California (47); these same three states made up approximately 41% of the 5-Star and 4-Star players in the 2015 class (Florida – 45, Texas – 44, California – 39).

2. There are 17 states who do not have a single high school football player in the 2016 recruiting class who is considered either a 5-Star or 4-Star player, including the state of New York (the third most populated state in the country).

3. Of the 59 players considered to be 5-Star or 4-Star who are from a state that is home to a Big 12 team, 53 of them are from Texas.





4. There are four states who are home to a Power 5 team that do not have any high school players in the 2016 class that are considered to be 5-Star or 4-Star: Massachusetts, Nebraska, New York and West Virginia.

5. There are three states who do not have a Power 5 team, but have at least 1 player who is considered to be 5-Star or 4-Star: Hawaii, South Dakota, and Utah.

6. Of the 24 players in the 2016 recruiting class who are considered 5-Star players, 16 (two-thirds) are from a state that is home to an SEC team.

7. There is only 1 player in the 2016 recruiting class who is considered to be a 5-Star that is from a state home to a Big Ten team (New Jersey).





8. The state of Alabama is home to 3 players who are considered to be 5-Star and home to 3 players who are considered to be 4-Star; it’s the only state that doesn’t have more 4-Star players than 5-Star players.

9. There are 14 players who are 5-Star from a state east of the Mississippi River and 10 players who are 5-Star from a state west of the Mississippi River.

10. Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania combined to account for 29 players who are considered to be 4-Star, but none who are considered to be 5-Star.

11. On a Per Capita basis, 4 of the top 5 states, and 6 of the top 10 states, that is home to a 5-Star or 4-Star player is also home to an SEC team.

12. On a Per Capita basis, none of the top 10 states, and only 1 of the top 20 states, that is home to a 5-Star or 4-Star player is also home to a Pac-12 team.










Sources: based on 247sports.com 2016 Top Football Recruits (as of mid-January 2016)