23.Aug.2016 Interesting Recruiting Email this Morning
This guy put together some good data on recruiting, in general, but also specifically about the Beavs. Give it a read. If you have any specific questions, I believe the content creator will show up and answer anything. At the end is a link to the blog post. The links to the interactive map crashed my browser, so just a head’s up there, but I think it’s because it’s a large file and data set.
Hope you’re doing well. I’m a data and content manager here at Rukkus, we’re a secondary ticket marketplace for sports and concerts.
I took the time to put together an analysis of all 128 FBS rosters for the 2016 season using Google Maps to place each player (more than 13,000 in total) in their hometown and it created a very interesting visual of the college football landscape, especially when it comes to Oregon State, who has the 4th broadest recruiting reach in CFB.
You can check out a larger interactive version of the gif above here that allows for zooming and sorting by conference.
We hear about teams recruiting talent from local hot beds but I was curious to see what teams expand their radius of recruitment to find players further from campus. The results proved to be pretty eye opening:
- The average Pac 12 recruit comes from 836 miles away, almost double that of any other Power 5 conference
- The average distance from hometown to school is 128 miles for USF players, lowest in CFB
- The average distance from hometown to school is 1,881 miles for Hawaii players, highest in CFB (Stanford has the highest average of any mainland school at 1,243 miles)
- The average FBS player hails from 446 miles away from their school
- More than a third of all FBS players come from either Texas, Florida, or California and Vermont is the only state without an FBS homegrown player
I compiled a few more heat maps and charts that highlight popular recruitment regions and a breakdown of the states that players come from and can share high res images or embeds for those.
I’d love to hear your thoughts and I’d also be happy to send over some more specific data for another team or conference if you’re interested. Here is a link to the post and one to just the interactive map.