ESPN Infographic: Football Recruiting, Now and Then
Question: Where do the best college football players come from?
Follow-up: Where did the best college football players come from a few decades ago?
Last question: Has there been a sizable change?
To find the answers, ESPN’s RecruitingNation scanned the rosters of the nation’s top programs in 1940, 1950, 1960, 1970, 1980, 1990, 2000 and 2010, looking at the home states of the players who comprised these teams.
From there, ESPN and InfographicWorld.com divided the results into two maps: One showing players from 1940 to 1970, and the other from 1980 to 2010.