Bleacher Report Analyzes Top 10 Football Talent States

1. Texas  2. Florida  3. California  4. Georgia  5. Louisiana 

6. Mississippi  7. Alabama  8. Maryland  9. Ohio  10. Arizona

3. California

Justin Flowe is the nation's No. 3 prospect in the 2020 classJustin Flowe is the nation’s No. 3 prospect in the 2020 class: 247Sports

It’s impossible to do this list without a little California love.

The state continues to produce elite talent, which is why it’s stunning USC and UCLA continue to be so bad, and why it’s unacceptable for the coaches at those programs to recruit as poorly as Clay Helton and Chip Kelly did in 2019.

There’s just too much talent to have that many swings and misses.

Guys like Kayvon Thibodeaux (Oregon), Bru McCoy (Texas), Zach Charbonnet (Michigan), Jayden Daniels (Arizona State), Joe Ngata (Clemson), Henry To’oto’o (Tennessee) and Jacob Bandes (Washington), among others, are headed out of state to play college ball.

While the Trojans kept a few guys at home, they didn’t lure enough to Los Angeles. Kelly grabbed even fewer.

The state continues to produce NFL prospects, too, like Alabama’s Jonah Williams, who is a first-round lock this April. Cali also has a who’s-who of players coming back in Nebraska’s Adrian Martinez, Arizona’s Khalil Tate, Utah State’s Jordan Love and Alabama’s Najee Harris.

Again, there are too many potential stars who aren’t playing for the Trojans or Bruins. When all the numbers were totaled, 39 California natives impacted this list, and the 2019 and ’20 classes are loaded with more players.

Guys like elite linebacker Justin Flowe, top-ranked quarterback DJ Uiagalelei, stud cornerback Elias Ricks and running back Kendall Milton lead the list in the 2020 group. If national signing day were today, Flowe, Uiagalelei and LSU commitment Ricks would be heading out of state.

The Pac-12 is down in a big way, and a big reason is California kids are going elsewhere. Oregon’s Mario Cristobal is trying to lure them to Ducks country, but if USC, UCLA and Stanford can’t keep them around, they’ll get coaches in who will.

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Jamaica
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The health of high school sports and what they are doing on the field is so important to college ball in California. Texas & Florida are shinning examples of this. The top programs still come to California to grab the skill position talent that abides here. But the linemen talent is so up & down year after year you wonder if there is much emphasis there? The linemen recruits who come to USC from California seems like a hit or miss proposition.

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California has long been known as the land of fruits and nuts. It’s starting to soil the state’s football reputation. The wussies that run the state of California and unfortunately also USC as of late, are ruining the manly game of football (a faux-combat sport that has excelled at teaching teamwork and guts) into an effete tea party.

I haven’t eaten all day and I’m venting. Sorry guys.

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It is why I moved out of the state.

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The beautiful climate can only keep you there so long. I decided in the late 80’s to put the ball in motion to move back here to my wife’s home state. Better cost of living, better place to raise a family, excellent private and parochial schools. Plus, with the world’s busiest airport, I can fly anywhere in the country and the world, usually non-stop. I miss some USC friends and this chapter of my life is dedicated to rekindle those connections in person more often…. other than that–absolutely no regrets leaving California in 1991.

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Me too