This isn’t exactly a shocking revelation. But Iowa’s football staff has to travel many, many more miles to fill a football recruiting class than does Ohio State’s.
Nebraska’s and Iowa State’s 2011 signees come from a greater distance than Iowa’s. Meanwhile, Georgia’s highly touted class of ’11 is fruit picked from local trees.
Here are my self-calculated mileage counts using Yahoo Maps’ driving distances. For junior college players, I used the site of the schools, not the players’ hometowns, since the school site is where the coaches did their primary recruiting.
24 signees, a total of 16,605 miles from Iowa City for an average of 692 miles per player.
3 in-state players
The farthest: Fort Lauderdale FL (1,458 miles), Naples FL (1,431), Groton MA (1,193).
Recruits from within 200 miles of Iowa City: 2.
22 signees, a total of 20,523 miles for an average of 933 miles per player.
5 in-state players
The farthest: San Francisco CA (two players, 1,838 miles from Ames), Mission Viejo CA (1,725), San Jacinto CA (1,714), Walnut CA (1,701).
Recraits within 200 miles of Ames: 6.
23 signees, a total of 7,579 miles for an average of 330 miles per player.
13 in-state players
The farthest: Naples FL (1,185 miles from Columbus), Plantation FL (two players, 1,161 miles), Cumming GA (590)
Recruits within 200 miles of Columbus: 15.
20 signees, a total of 16,366 miles for an average of 818 per player.
4 in-state players
The farthest: Boca Raton FL (1,626 miles from Lincoln), Weston MA (1,486), Clearwater FL (1,478), Rancho Cucamonga CA (two players, 1,458 miles)
Recruits within 200 miles of Lincoln: 4.
26 signees, a total of 5,961 miles for an average of 229 miles per player.
19 in-state players
The farthest: Lauderdale Lakes FL (651 miles from Athens), Perkingston MS (487), Tarpon Springs FL (483)
Recruits within 200 miles of Athens: 14.
(I would include more schools than this, but it takes way too much time and effort. Nutshell: Boise State must travel great distances to recruit. Florida and LSU? Not so much.)