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February 11, 2013
Dallas Jackson is the National Columnist for Rivals.com. Email him your comments or story ideas to DallasJ@Yahoo-Inc.com and follow him on Twitter.
According to the data from National Signing Day, FBS
The findings are part of the statistical analysis Rivals.com does annually (and, we know, a few more signees are still coming in). This year, it shows that one of every 124 high school players in Florida signed a Division I FBS scholarship. That's far more impressive than Texas, where one of every 475 players signed a letter of intent.
Texas is king in total number of players signing -- bettering its annual competitor in raw numbers, Florida (346 to 332). California (251), Georgia (184) and Ohio (145) are the only other states with more than 100 signees.
The gap at the top was closer than normal as Texas had 25 fewer signees year-over-year. Ohio had 14 fewer.
Of the big five states, California added 23 signees, Georgia secured 19 more and Florida gained seven FBS signees. Virginia saw the largest improvement in signees in the class of 2013 versus 2012 by adding 27.
Florida was one of just four states to have a ratio of less than 1-to-250. Georgia came in second (1 of every 178), Utah third (1 of every 229) and Hawaii fourth (1 in 244). Louisiana just missed, having 1 of every 251.
Vermont and Maine were the only states that did not produce a recruit in consecutive seasons. Alaska, Montana, New Hampshire, and North Dakota joined the group without a signee in the class of 2013, while Wyoming, Rhode Island and South Dakota all had one player sign with an FBS-level program.