College coaches are charged with the responsibility of combing over each of the 50 states to find prospects to sign in hopes that they can help them win football games. It doesn't matter if a prospect is in Alaska or Vermont, a college coach has to recruit his territory vigorously for prospects.
However, some states are simply more talented than others. Football is the king sport in our country, but there are several states that take it to another level and routinely produce great prospects for the gridiron. They churn out elite talent annually, and many programs have multiple coaches and staff members monitoring the top talent-producing states.
This read will look at the 25 states that have produced the best talent during this 2013 recruiting cycle. Come check this out and see if your state is one of the most talented states in the country this year when it comes to producing the future stars of college football.
The desert has several good prospects this year, and the top player is defensive back Priest Willis. A national prospect, Willis is a 6'2", 200-pounder who can play cornerback or safety.
Cornerback Cole Luke is headed to Notre Dame and will join fellow Arizona native Davonte' Neal.
Other top prospects include ASU commit Chans Cox, a rugged linebacker/fullback type that has good size at 6'2", 225 pounds. Keep your eye on quarterback Tyler Bruggman, as he is headed to throw for Mike Leach at Washington State.
Sure, D.C. isn't a state, but we'll still add it to this list.
The area has produced several good players in the past, and this year is home to upper-echelon prospects like offensive lineman Derwin Gray and cornerback Devin Butler. Gray is an athletic trench player that goes 6'5'' and in the 280-pound range and will play at Maryland.
Butler is 6'1", and will head to Notre Dame.
The Pacific Northwest always has good talent, and this year features perhaps the best quarterback in the country in USC commit Max Browne. A 6'5", 215-pounder, Browne is a productive and sharp-minded signal caller that will start one day in Troy.
Outside linebacker Myles Jack is also among the top players in America, and his versatility has made him an attractive prospect. Look for Jack to end up at UCLA or Washington.
Arkansas is in SEC country, so you know football is taken very seriously in this state. New Razorbacks coach Bret Bielema will find his new backyard a little more full than he did while at Wisconsin.
He already has a pledge from tight end Hunter Henry, who's among the best nationally at his spot. However, flipping running back Altee Tenpenny from Alabama remains the Hogs' top goal before Feb. 6.
Not too far from Arkansas is the Show Me State, and good talent is there this year. Athlete Chase Abbington gets most of the attention locally because he's staying home to play at Mizzou.
Yet, the top player on my board from Missouri is running back Ezekiel Elliot. A slick and shifty runner, Elliot is headed to Ohio State, and can also factor as a receiver too.
Defensive end Jamone Boyd is Bill Snyder's crown jewel in Kansas State's 2013 class.
Quarterback Shane Morris is the golden boy of the state, and rightfully so. The Michigan pledge is among the top quarterback prospects in the country, and is the future of Wolverine football.
Yet, this state holds more depth than Morris, as other top prospects include offensive lineman David Dawson, linebacker Jon Reschke, offensive tackle Steve Elmer, fullback Wyatt Shallman, cornerback Jourdan Lewis, offensive guard Cam Dillard and offensive tackle Riley Norman.
Don't think the Blue Grass State produces talent? Well explain to me why players like wide receiver James Quick, defensive end Jason Hatcher, offensive tackle Hunter Bivin and quarterback Kyle Bolin are coveted recruits from the state?
Don't underestimate Kentucky, as Louisville has been finding good players there and Mark Stoops will also quickly see that the state isn't as bad as people think.
Many people head to Hawaii for vacation, but the folks who live there love football. High school talent is pretty good there, and this year is more of the same.
Linebacker Isaac Savaiinaea and Scott Pagano are the top two prospects. Pagano is sewn up to Clemson and Savaiinaea is down to Texas A&M and UCLA.
I also like big 6'4", 320-pound offensive guard Reeve Koehler.
Last year it was players like Stefon Diggs, Ronald Darby and Cyrus Jones.
This year, for Maryland, it's prospects like Kenny Bigelow, Kendall Fuller, Khaliel Rodgers, Henry Poggi and Dorian O'Daniel. I think it's safe to say that they play good high school ball in Maryland, and college coaches keep hard tabs on the state.
The Palmetto State is an excellent state for recruiting, and many SEC programs love recruiting here. This year athlete Tramel Terry and linebacker Ben Boulware are two standouts to watch.
Ohio State came down and snatched up defensive tackle Michael Hill, but Clemson kept wide receiver Mike Williams home. Offensive tackle D.J. Park is headed for South Carolina, and defensive end Jaylen Miller has several high-profile offers.
The Hoosier State is known for it's love of basketball, but the football side of things is growing year after year. Last year quarterback Gunner Kiel led the way, and now it's outside linebacker Jaylon Smith.
Defensive end Elijah Daniel is very good, safety Antonio Allen is one of my favorite recruits, and linebacker Tim Kimbrough will represent the state well at Georgia. Also, watch out for defensive lineman Darius Latham and quarterback Danny Etling.
The Volunteers routinely have to look outside of their state for most of their recruiting classes, but this year is a spike year in talent around Tennessee.
ESPNU even has players in it's top 150 that are from Tennessee.
Cornerback Jalen Ramsey is the top player, followed by the likes of running back Jordan Wilkins, quarterback Max Staver, defensive end Frank Herron, running back Mark Dodson and wide receiver Camion Patrick.
The Key Stone will produce tough players, and you can find a quarterback here, history says.
This year, top players that come from Pennsylvania include tight end Adam Breneman, wide receiver Robert Foster, offensive guard Patrick Kugler, running back David Williams, offensive tackle Dorian Johnson and linebacker Alex Anzalone.
Quarterback Christian Hackenberg is a Virginia prospect, but he's a Pennsylvania guy too.
The state of Illinois' talent base is led by the Chicago area, and colleges come into this state every year to shop for players.
The biggest prize was wide receiver Laquon Treadwell, who is headed to Ole Miss. Running back Ty Isaac is bound for USC and is a top-level prospect too.
Other upper-echelon national prospects from this state are offensive tackle Logan Tulley-Tillman, offensive tackle Ethan Pocic, defensive tackle Josh Augusta, quarterback Matt Alviti, offensive tackle Kyle Bosch and offensive guard Colin McGovern.
Wide receiver Marquez North, offensive guard Tyrone Crowder, defensive tackle Greg Gilmore, quarterback Riley Ferguson, cornerback Brian Walker, quarterback Connor Mitch, linebackers Larenz Bryant and Peter Kalambayi, and tight end Josh McNeil are top players you'll come to know soon.
Football is very important to the people in the Dixie State, and colleges always recruit the state hard. Safety Tony Conner is the top prospect from the grounds, and is one of the best overall players in America.
Defensive end Chris Jones has the coaches in Starkville drooling over his 6'6", 260-pound frame and athleticism.
Kailo Moore is a speedy running back that could be one of the 10-fastest recruits in the country, and quarterback Ryan Buchanan is the best signal caller in the state.
Nine of the top-150 prospects on the ESPNU board hail from Jerz', and that includes super recruit Eli Apple, an excellent cornerback prospect headed to Ohio State.
Offensive guard Brendan Mahon keeps growing on me, and quarterback Kevin Olsen and defensive end Al-Quadin Muhammad are both going to Miami. Defensive end Tashawn Bower can set the edge as well as anyone in the nation, and defensive tackle Greg Webb is a top commit for North Carolina.
There's a reason Les Miles doesn't have to leave his state too often for recruiting: because he has so much talent to gobble up within his own state.
The Bayou loves it some ball, and LSU is the dominant in-state power. Elite prospects include cornerback Jeryl Brazil, defensive end Tim Williams, athlete/linebacker Kendell Beckwith and offensive guard Tevin Lawson.
Ohio is a great state for football, and it births many good players. The speed of the state is questioned frequently, but it serves up a wealth of talent annually.
Cornerbacks Cam Burrows and Gareon Conley, along with wide receiver/athlete Jalin Marshall are the best the state has to offer this year. Not a shock that all three are future Buckeyes.
The ESPNU 300 lists 12 prospects that are from Alabama this year. Tight end O.J. Howard and defensive tackle Dee Liner lead the way, and technically linebacker Reuben Foster is an Alabama prospect too.
This state has some of the best high school programs in the country, and it's very competitive. The Iron Bowl schools are not the only ones who recruit Alabama, as LSU came and got Kwon Alexander last year.
This is another fantastic year for Alabama talent.
Robert Nkemdiche. Carl Lawson. Reuben Foster. Montravius Adams. Alvin Kamara. Brice Ramsey. Tyren Jones.
I can go on and on about how many outstanding recruits come from the Peach State, but you get the picture. This is an incredible hotbed, and it's once again among the very most talented states for recruiting this year.
If you want a great player, chances are you'll find one as a recruiter in Georgia.
Really, California is among the "3 Super Hotbeds" that we refer to in recruiting. You'll see who the other two are afterwards.
Safety Su'a Cravens is the best player in the Golden State, and it's no wonder why many have him as one of the five-to-10 best overall football players in the United States.
Safety Max Redfield, defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes, wide receiver Steven Mitchell, cornerback Chris Hawkins and wide receiver Damore'ea Stringfellow are just the tip of the iceberg of top-notch prospects from from Cali.
Players like offensive lineman Darius James, running back Keith Ford, wide receiver Robbie Rhodes, wide receivers/tight ends Ricky Seals-Jones and Derrick Griffin are just a small amount of the quality talent that is from the Lone Star State this year.
Really, it's just another year for Texas, as it's always spewing out front-line talent.
The Sunshine State always specifically gives us athletic and speedy prospects. Every single major college football program recruits this state, and if they don't, then they should fire their recruiting coordinator.
I'll just leave it at that.
Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants, Cleveland Browns and the Las Vegas Gladiators of the Arena League. He spent a year evaluating prep prospects and writing specific recruiting and scouting content articles for Student Sports Football (formerly ESPN Rise-HS). A syndicated scout and writer, he's also contributed to WeAreSC.com, GatorBait.net and Diamonds in the Rough Inc., a College Football and NFL draft magazine.