It’s far from a revelation. But statistics compiled here by Hugh Kellenberger of the Bloomington Herald-Times make vividly clear what we already knew about what the Iowa football program faces.
In the period from 2007 through 2009, the state of Ohio had 219 players who signed national letters-of-intent to play football at BCS conference schools (including Notre Dame). Pennsylvania had 148, Illinois 112, Michigan 98.
Iowa had 32.
In that same time-frame, Ohio produced 47 four- or five-star recruits (according to Rivals. com). Pennsylvania had 33, Michigan 32, Illinois 21.
Just five came from Iowa.
Again, I know this isn’t jaw-dropping news. But to see the actual numbers in print is a reminder the Big Ten isn’t an even playing field.
This isn’t the NFL where there is a salary cap, and the draft is tilted toward teams with losing records the year before. Ohio State will always have Ohio. Penn State will always have Pennsylvania.
Iowa … will always have to recruit and work hard and well just to have a chance to win. Ditto Wisconsin and Minnesota.