Originally Published: Feb 15, 2011 8:18 AM CDT
The numbers prove that Florida and Texas produce the best high school football players.
Texas high school football has been the lifeblood of the OU football program. Bob Stoops has successfully recruited nationally better than any other Sooner coach, but the Longhorn State is where he finds most of his talent.
Many Texans have gone on to star and become All-Americans as Sooners.
But incredibly, there’s a state that has produced more stars than Texas. Oklahoma.
Yes, it’s a state with a lot less players and a state that doesn’t play the caliber of ball they play south of the Red but the numbers tell the story.
-1-in-5 Oklahoma HS signees earn All-America (13)
-On average OU signs 5.5 Oklahomans per class
-1-in-20 non-Oklahoman signees earn All-America (12)
-On average, OU signs 20 non-Oklahomans per class
During the Stoops era, by a ratio of around two-and-a-half to one, his thirteen classes have consisted of more Texans than Oklahoma kids. However, there have been more Oklahoma kids become All-Americans than Texans. In fact there have been more Oklahoma AA’s than all the other states combined.
My research stunned me showing that about one out of every six players Stoops has signed from Oklahoma high schools has gone on to become an All-American. Four players were All-Americans two seasons. That makes 13 different Oklahomans to achieve the honor. There have only been 12 different players from schools outside the state become All-Americans.