- Jeremy Crabtree, RecruitingNation
Florida, Texas and California are the 3-Ds of college football recruiting. They are the top three states at consistently producing deep high-profile prospects.
In the 2013 class, the 3-Ds were once again the kings in the total number of players who signed with FBS schools. The Lone Star State led the way with 346 signees, followed by Florida at 332 and California at 251. Georgia (184) and Ohio (145) were the only other states with more than 100 signees, and those numbers should again play out similarly in the 2014 class.
There appears to be no shortage of highly regarded rising senior prospects in Florida, Texas and California. Florida leads the way with 26 players on the ESPN 150, followed by Texas with 16 and California at 11. It should be noted that great years in Georgia, North Carolina and Louisiana -- each of which has 11 prospects in the current 150 -- continue to show a southeastern shift in national recruiting, but none of those states will ever dethrone the 3-Ds.
No matter what conference or level they're recruiting to, college coaches all know they have to have a footprint in at least one of those states if they want to win. Let's run through each of the 3-D states and see which stories and players every college football fan should keep an eye on as we head into the meat of recruiting season.
A few Southeastern states have had fast starts in the Class of 2014, but none will ever surpass the 3-Ds -- Florida, Texas and California.