Top 10 College Football Recruiting Pipelines in the Country

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IApril 11, 2013

Top 10 College Football Recruiting Pipelines in the Country

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    It's one thing to know where the hotbeds are in recruiting. You know, the states and specific areas within them that produce good talent. Many colleges recruit the same hotbeds so, as a program, you're always in competition for recruits.

    The exceptional recruiting programs establish pipelines in those hotbeds to separate themselves from the pack. They have excellent relationships with a high school and therefore the school sees many of its players sign with the program. 

    This read will look at 10 of the better pipeline programs in the country who send their players to a particular school or two or three. These programs just don't put out good recruits—their recruits usually end up at a certain school too.

St. Thomas Aquinas in Ft. Lauderdale, FL

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    The Raiders are one of the best high school programs in the country. They always have a ton of coaches flock to their campus every year due to the output of talent available annually.

    The main pipeline is to the the big three Florida schools. Marcus Roberson elected to sign with Florida, Jelani Hamilton went to Miami and Florida State took Bobby Hart in recent years.

    The pipeline isn't always flowing, as Joey Bosa spurned the Sunshine State powers for Ohio State. But nonetheless, each Florida power knows it has a solid chance with any St. Thomas Aquinas kid. 

Grant Union High School in Sacramento, CA

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    Most of the Pacer players end up at Cal and this pipeline is so strong that anytime I see an upper-echelon recruit from this program, I pencil in the Bears for my prediction.

    Even though Shaq Thompson signed with Washington, he was committed to Cal for quite some time, but if Tosh Lupoi had stayed on, Thompson would be a Bear right now. Villami Moala is another recent stud from the school who wound up at Cal.

    If Cal sees a kid from Grant it likes, chances are he's heading to nearby Berkeley to play for the Bears. 

South Panola High School in Batesville, MS

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    Many of the South Panola players stay in-state and go to Ole Miss. Last year Antonio Conner followed the recent pipeline that Nickolas Brassell, Isaac Gross and Temario Strong came through.

    Chris Strong, Nick Parker, John Jerry, Chris Herring and Peria Jerry are also South Panola alums who signed up to play in Oxford. Hugh Freeze will continue to keep this pipeline flowing moving forward. 

Brenham High School in Texas

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    If you're going to Houston on the way from Austin, you'll run into a place called Brenham. Chances are, while you're there, you'll run into a Texas Longhorns football player there too.

    The Longhorns love Brenham players and many of the top Brenham players love Texas enough to sign with them. From Malcom Brown and Timothy Cole a few years ago, to Limas Sweed back in the day, if you ball for Brenham then you're probably going to Texas to ball in college. 

Cass Technical High School in Detroit, MI

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    You want to know why it's such a surprise that Damon Webb is heading to Ohio State? Because in years past, it's been a foregone conclusion that Cass Tech kids go to Michigan.

    Last year alone, Cass Tech sent David Dawson, Jourdan Lewis and Delano Hill to Ann Arbor. Count in other recent recruits like Royce Jenkins-Stone, Terry Richardson, William Campbell and Boubacar Cissoko and you start to wonder if Cass Tech is a Michigan Wolverines prep program. 

Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, CA

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    There's a position pipeline at Mater Dei at the QB spot. Basically, if you start at QB for the Monarchs then you're going to start at QB for USC.

    Matt Leinart, Matt Barkley and Max Wittek have all taken snaps as the starting Mater Dei QB and as the starting Trojan signal-caller. USC also has taken Mater Dei players like Chris Doyle, Victor Blackwell, Matt Grootegoed, Khaled Holmes and Lenny Vandermade among others.

    Other schools may get kids from Mater Dei to sign with them, but usually that's after USC has had its pickings. 

Junipero Serra High School in Gardena, CA

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    Another Southern California pipeline is Serra High in Gardena. USC loves skill position players from Serra as the Trojans got both Marqise Lee and Robert Woods from this school.

    George Farmer is also a current Trojan who comes from Serra. Kris Richard and Da'John Harris are two other notable USC alums who prepped at Harris.

    This year the school features stud recruits like CB Adoree' Jackson and LB Dwight Williams. USC may have a good pipeline here, but the Cavaliers disperse a lot of talent to many colleges.  

Miami Northwestern Senior High School in Miami, FL

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    I originally wanted to put Booker T. Washington here, but with Matthew Thomas heading to Florida State and Denver Kirkland's scholarship mishap, the Miami Hurricanes' pipeline may be drying up there.

    So we're going with the Bulls, as The U knows that it always has a great shot at a Northwestern player. Even Teddy Bridgewater was committed to Miami for a bit.

    Notable Northwestern-Miami alums include: Melvin Bratton, Jacory Harris, Sean Spence, Marcus Fortson and Vernon Carey. 

Glenville Academic Campus in Cleveland, OH

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    Pretty much if you go to Glenville, then you go on to Ohio State. Troy Smith did it. Ted Ginn Jr. did it. Donte Whitner did it.

    So did and so do many other top Tarblooder players. This pipeline is strong and the program is led by Ted Ginn Sr., who does an excellent job of coaching players while fostering great relationships with Buckeye coaches.

    Ginn also does a great job at being open to other programs, which is why many other programs recruit from this school. But Ohio State usually gets first dibs. 

Long Beach Polytechnic High School in Long Beach, CA

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    The Jackrabbits are a pipeline to just about everyone in college football.

    Yes, USC is the first school that comes to mind, but I've seen Michigan, UCLA, Stanford, Ohio State, Tennessee, Cal, Washington and even Oklahoma all get good talent from Poly.

    The school doesn't just produce college talent, as you can call this an NFL pipeline too. With more than 60 NFL players who once called Poly home, that's more than any other high school in the U.S.

    Year in and year out, this school has a huge litter of talent available for a program to recruit and is a "national" pipeline.

    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.