With California, Florida, Texas, Ohio and SEC country being the dominant hotbeds in college football, that leaves little room for prospects to shine from small areas. College coaches know where the majority of recruiting talent comes from, as they spend most of their time in those areas.
However, coaches are willing to go anywhere for a recruit, should the player have the talent and potential to help a program win games. While SEC country, the Golden State, the Lone Star State and the Buckeye State continue to be where most of the top recruits hail from in 2014 recruiting, several prospects from small areas have made a breakthrough.
A defensive tackle from Utah is an elite player at his position, as he is joined by a tight end on this list who also hails from the same state. Also on the list is a running back who chose to stay home and build up his local program in an unpopular state for talent, rather than go to a powerhouse school.