First, the state-by-state breakdown:
- Florida (4)
- North Carolina (3)
- Pennsylvania (3)
- New Jersey (2)
- Quebec (2)
- Arizona (1)
- South Carolina (1)
- Washington D.C. (1)
That top state of Florida shouldn’t surprise at all given a trend that pre-dates even Dino Babers’s time on campus. The Sunshine State has double the players of any other on the current roster and as long as Nick Monroe’s on this staff, you can bet the Orange are going to spend a lot of time in Florida.
But the more interesting numbers are the four combined players from North Carolina and South Carolina.
Moe Neal’s the only player from NC or SC on the current roster, and while Syracuse plays in the state at least once per year as part of the ACC schedule, it’s never really been a “hot” recruiting area for the Orange. Until now, anyway.
One year is far from a trend, but four players from the Carolinas certainly seems like the program is starting to make inroads there that weren’t in place beforehand. Beating three of three North Carolina schools on this year’s schedule probably helped a bit. Lee Kpogba even mentioned the opportunity to play in his home state of NC a couple times per year as a draw. It’s unlikely he’s the only player thinking that way in this class or future ones.
But again, we’ll see what happens. Last year, it looked like Texas was going to become a new hotbed for the program with Kirk Martin on staff and two additions from the state in Chance Amie and Tre Allison. But we only have one potential add (Dorian Hewett, who won’t sign until February) from there this time around. One reason for that could be this year’s emphasis on defense (given Texas being pretty offensive-minded across high school football).
Sorry for the lack of a “fancy” map this time around. You hated last year’s anyway.