Football is probably the most dominant sport in our country—American football that is. With the NFL being the most popular professional sport, many kids grow up with the aspiration to follow in their hero's footsteps.
In some states, such as Texas, California, Florida, Ohio and Georgia, football is nearly more important than school to some kids. Those aforementioned states are hotbeds for talent and every college in the country sends coaches to those places in search for talented players to sign.
On the other hand, there are some states that football just doesn't really seem to be big to. Those states may like the game, but they don't really produce much talent on the recruiting trail and the caliber of high school football playing competition is not that good.
For this read, in regards to this 2014 recruiting class, I'm going to give the states that have the least amount of talent this year. Here are the least talented states for the 2014 recruiting class.
Both North and South Dakota have college programs that—while they aren't FBS schools—do play at the lower collegiate levels.
So you'd think that the Dakota schools would have an adequate recruiting base to pipe players from. Well, you'd be wrong.
This year, there aren't any talented top notch recruits from either North Dakota or South Dakota.
Usually in football recruiting, the bigger the state, the more chance it has to be a hot bed. California, Texas and Florida are all large states, therefore it's not ironic they are the three top hotbeds for recruiting.
Alaska, on the other end of the spectrum, is not helping to support that theory. Obviously this state is huge, and could serve as a great hotbed for Pac-Northwest schools.
In 2014, don't expect to see any All-Americans from The Last Frontier.
East coast schools like Rutgers, Penn State, Syracuse and others don't really travel often to New Hampshire. This year won't be any different because the state doesn't have too many upper-echelon recruits.
This state is clearly the type of recruiting state a program leaves off its board or has an entry-level assistant monitor. There may be a lot to do in The Granite State, but recruiting a lot of football talent isn't one of them.
It's tough when you're an FBS program and you have to lean on recruiting out of state prospects more than recruiting on your home turf. Tennessee can tell you all about how much tougher this makes things.
However, the Vols get the job done every year.
Wyoming, on the other hand, doesn't and that's because they reside in a poor state for recruiting talent. Sure, there have been some old-school players that hailed from this state in the past years, but in 2014, you won't be hearing anything about a hot recruit from Wyoming.
Maine is another state that is probably not going to produce any All-American players this year for 2014 recruiting. This is not one of the better football states and a lot of schools don't really send any of their coaches here.
The 2014 recruiting class is not boasting any of its top players from Maine. Don't expect to see any Maine natives playing in the Under Armour game.
Montana has two college programs in Montana and Montana State who are usually pretty good FCS schools. Both the Grizzlies and Bobcats likely do a lot of their recruiting away from home, however.
The state of Montana, which once produced Ryan Leaf, is not among the best hotbeds for 2014 recruiting. In fact, Montana probably won't have any player on any significant recruiting list this year.
Obviously, Vermont is not a large state. So naturally, football recruits are not growing on the sugar maple trees around there. This state isn't a football player's heaven and it never will be. I don't think we'll be seeing any top incoming freshmen for the 2014 season coming from Vermont.
Little Rhody is not churning out much football recruiting talent this year folks.
This small state isn't a must see stop for college coaches on the trail and a player form here would have to be dominant at many different camps and combines to earn a high star rating.
So if your favorite program is spending a lot of time and resources in Rhode Island for the 2014 recruiting cycle, chances are it isn't going to sign a top class.
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 and Cleveland Browns.