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February 12, 2013
Tennessee leads 34 states in D-I signees
The number of Class of 2013 Tennesseans signing Division I FBS scholarships was three less than the previous year.
According to statistical analysis conducted by Rivals.com, one of every 575 football players in Tennessee signed D-I scholarships as members of the Class of 2013.
In other words, according to data collected from participation stats distributed by the National Federation of High School Sports and signees that was reported by Division I FBS schools and the Rivals.com database, 40 of the 22,994 football players in Tennessee signed D-I scholarships on National Signing Day. The Class of 2012 produced 43 D-I scholarship signees.
However, the Volunteer State had more players sign D-I scholarships on National Signing Day than 34 other states, including Kentucky, South Carolina, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Indiana, New York, Washington, Wisconsin and Arizona to name a few.
Florida led the way with one of every 124 high school players in the state signing Division I FBS scholarships.
That number exceeds Texas, where one of every 475 players signed a letter of intent.
Nevertheless, Texas leads Florida in total number of players signing 346 to 332. California (251), Georgia (184) and Ohio (145) are the only other states checking in with more than 100 signees.
Top states in adding the most signees over the previous year are California (23), Georgia (19) and Florida gained seven FBS signees.
Virginia had 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.