Iowa State and WVU have the fewest numbers of Texans, 19 and 11, respectively, in the Big 12.
Of course, that makes sense considering geography. But understand that most of the FBS talent comes from three states: Texas, Florida and California, in that order. An SB Nation report showed that those three states produced just under 40 percent of all FBS signees over the past six years. Texas alone produced enough to fill 18 recruiting classes. (The national average class is just over 19 players.)
The report also broke down recruits produced per capita by states. West Virginia produced .18 FBS recruits per 100,000 males, which ranks 40th nationally. The average is 1.5 nationally.
States in football tradition-rich states like Louisiana, Alabama, Florida and Georgia produce a higher rate of recruits.
If you're wondering about Pennsylvania, which WVU recruits heavily, the Keystone State is No. 23 in per capita production at .71. Overall, it ranks No. 8 in total recruits, but the state isn't in the same ballpark as Texas, Florida, California or even Georgia and Ohio.
If you check WVU's current depth chart, you'll see six players from Pennsylvania, 10 from Florida, eight from Texas, four from West Virginia and three from both Georgia and New Jersey.
So the coaches know where to go. They get it.
Now it's time they get them.
Reach Mitch Vingle at 304-348-4827, mitchvin...@wvgazette.com or follow him at twitter.com/MitchVingle.