It should surprise no one who follows college football that California, Florida and Texas produce the most NFL players.
To that end, we decided -- with a tip of the cap to sbnation.com -- to pick all-star college teams from those three states. But in an effort to be truer to the "the best players come from ..." maxim, we took it a step further: Our teams are made up only of players who played high school ball in those three states. In other words, because Florida State Heisman-winning quarterback Jameis Winston played high school ball in Alabama, he is "ineligible" for our Florida team.
A quick perusal of the teams shows that numerous players left their home states to play college football. For instance, just look at the Florida receiving trio, which should make any fan salivate: Tampa native Nelson Agholor, Miami native Amari Cooper and Fort Lauderdale native Rashad Greene. But only Greene stayed "home" for college, signing with Florida State. Agholor went to USC (as did Daytona Beach native Leonard Williams) and Cooper trekked to Alabama.
Some other takeaways:» All three states are a little light along the lines, especially the Florida offensive line. The Florida defensive line, though, is the best of the three. » Texas has the best offensive line, but the Texas linebackers are -- by far -- the weakest of the three states. » Florida is strong at the skill positions; conversely, for a state that produced two first-round quarterbacks earlier this month ( Blake Bortles and Teddy Bridgewater), the state won't have a lot of proven quarterbacks playing college ball this fall. » Two of our Texas wide receivers play college ball in the Pac-12. And only one of our Texas offensive linemen plays in the Big 12 -- and he doesn't play for a Texas school. » Of our three California wide receivers, only one plays in the Pac-12 -- and he plays for Utah. » The deepest position for each state seemed to be wide receiver. We easily could've gone five or six deep with high-level talent at that position in each state.
Here are the teams.
OffenseQB Sean Mannion, Oregon State
High school: Pleasanton FoothillRB Byron Marshall, Oregon
High school: San Jose Valley ChristianRB Jaamal Williams, BYU
High school: Fontana SummitWR Dres Anderson, Utah
High school: Riverside J.W. NorthWR Deontay Greenberry, Houston
High school: Fresno Washington UnionWR Josh Harper, Fresno State
High school: Stockton St. Mary'sOT Jamil Douglas, Arizona State
High school: CypressOT Ty Sambrailo, Colorado State
High school: Watsonville St. Francis CatholicG Hamani Stevens, Oregon
High school: HemetG Max Tuerk, USC
High school: Rancho Santa Margarita Santa MargaritaC Hroniss Grasu, Oregon
High school: Encino Crespi Carmelite
DefenseDE Brock Hekking, Nevada
High school: VacavilleDT Travis Raciti, San Jose State
High school: Pleasant Hill College ParkDE Tony Washington, Oregon
High school: Rancho Cucamonga Los OsosLB Addison Gillam, Colorado
High school: Palo Cero FoothillLB Eric Kendricks, UCLA
High school: Fresno HooverLB Derrick Malone, Oregon
High school: ColtonLB Hayes Pullard, USC
High school: Los Angeles CrenshawCB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon
High school: Chino HillsCB Marcus Peters, Washington
High school: Oakland McClymondsS Su'a Cravens, USC
High school: Murrieta Vista MurrietaS Derron Smith, Fresno State
High school: Wilmington Banning
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OffenseQB Rakeem Cato, Marshall
High school: Miami CentralRB Duke Johnson, Miami
High school: Miami NorlandRB Karlos Williams, Florida State
High school: Davenport Ridge CommunityWR Nelson Agholor, USC
High school: Tampa Berkeley PrepWR Amari Cooper, Alabama
High school: Miami NorthwesternWR Rashad Greene, Florida State
High school: Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas AquinasOT Laremy Tunsil, Mississippi
High school: Lake City ColumbiaOT Avery Young, Auburn
High school: Palm Beach GardensG Kaleb Johnson, Rutgers
High school: Jacksonville WhiteG John Miller, Louisville
High school: Miami CentralC Cody Waldrop, South Carolina
High school: Seffner Armwood
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DefenseDE Joey Bosa, Ohio State
High school: Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas AquinasDT Luther Maddy, Virginia Tech
High school: Delray Beach AtlanticDT Leonard Williams, USC
High school: Daytona Beach MainlandDE Dante Fowler, Florida
High school: St. Petersburg LakewoodLB Denzel Perryman, Miami
High school: Coral GablesLB Eric Striker, Oklahoma
High school: Seffner ArmwoodLB Ramik Wilson, Georgia
High school: Tampa JeffersonCB Vernon Hargreaves III, Florida
High school: Tampa WhartonCB P.J. Williams, Florida State
High school: Ocala VanguardS Traveon Henry, Northwestern
High school: Fort Lauderdale Pine CrestS Karl Joseph, West Virginia
High school: Orlando Edgewater
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OffenseQB Bryce Petty, Baylor
High school: MidlothianRB Jay Ajayi, Boise State
High school: Frisco LibertyRB David Cobb, Minnesota
High school: Killeen EllisonWR Bralon Addison, Oregon
High school: Missouri City HightowerWR Antwan Goodley, Baylor
High school: MidlandWR Ty Montgomery, Stanford
High school: Dallas St. Mark'sOT Cedric Ogbuehi, Texas A&M
High school: AllenOT Daryl Williams, Oklahoma
High school: Corinth Lake DallasG Germain Ifedi, Texas A&M
High school: Houston WestsideG Cyril Lemon, North Texas
High school: Marble FallsC Mike Matthews, Texas A&M
High school: Missouri City Elkins
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DefenseDE Mario Edwards, Florida State
High school: Denton RyanDT James Castleman, Oklahoma State
High school: AmarilloDT Aaron Curry, Nebraska
High school: Keller Fossil RidgeDE Cedric Reed, Texas
High school: ClevelandLB Paul Dawson, TCU
High school: Dallas SkylineLB Steve Edmond, Texas
High school: DaingerfieldLB Frank Shannon, Oklahoma
High school: Dallas SkylineCB Quandre Diggs, Texas
High school: AngletonCB Jalen Mills, LSU
High school: DeSotoS Sam Carter, TCU
High school: Alief HastingsS Chris Hackett, TCU
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