Nebraska HS football: Recruiting by the numbers

Posted on July 26, 2008. Filed under: High School Football | Tags: |

By Will Cummings
Hit News @ Hit Highlights.com

    The Nebraska high school football class of 2008 produced 10 D-1 recruits. Will the class of 2009 produce more?

    That’s the question we ask in our latest poll. But before you vote take a look at “Recruiting By the Numbers.”

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Recruiting By the Numbers

    The population residing within the State of Nebraska’s is approximately 1.8 million, and it typically produces about 7.5 D-1 players per one million residents—approximately 12 per year. However, when you compare the state of Nebraska’s ratio for producing D-1 players to Mississippi’s class of 2008 ratio of 25.5—the highest ratio in the US—it makes you want to go huh!

There are lies, damn lies and statistics.”

The above quote was made popular by Mark Twain, but originally attributed to the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Benjamin Disraeli.

 Yet, there are some statistics and numbers that are profound no mater how you look at them:

USA Class of 2008

Top Ten D-1 Football Producing States

State
(Population In Millions)
Number of D-1 Schools in State

Total
D-1
Offers

Ratio
Per Million

Texas (23.9)10

374

15.6

Florida (18.3)  7

358

19.6

California (36.5)  7

347

9.5

Georgia (9.5)  2

158

9.5

Ohio (11.5)  8

146

12.7

Alabama (4.6)  5

95

20.6

Louisiana (4.3)  5

82

19.1

Pennsylvania (12.4)  3

79

6.4

Mississippi (2.9)  3

74

25.5

Illinois (12.6)  3

63

5

   
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Big XII States
Class of 2008

State
(Population in Millions)
Number of D-1 Schools in State

Total
D-1
Offers

Ratio
Per Million

Texas (23.9) 10

374

15.6

Missouri (5.9)  1

27

4.6

Colorado (4.9)  2

35

7.14

Oklahoma (3.6)  3

35

9.7

Iowa (3.0)  2

12

4

Kansas (2.8)  2

25

8.9

Nebraska (1.8)  1

10

5.5

     As you can see Nebraska has the lowest population base among the Big XII states—one million less than Kansas, which is the next lowest populated state in the conference.

    Nebraska’s population will never allow it to produce great raw numbers of D-1 talent, but it definitely can improve its ratio of D-1 offered players.  A few suggestions on how Nebraska can improve high school football in Nebraska were mentioned in an earlier Hit News article linked here.

    What suggestions do you have?

    It is our hope at Hit News that the NSAA and its members constantly look for ways to improve the product that is Nebraska high school football.

 Statistics used in this article were obtained from mapgameday.com and the 2007 estimated US census supplied by Wikipedia.

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    Nebraska High Schoolhoops7Top 25 Prospects '08/'09

    By Action Force

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    Sponsor: Hit Highlights Inc.

    1. Jarell Crayton, 6-7, SR, C, Bellevue East

    2. Gregg Smith, 6-6, SR, SF/PF/SG, Ralston

    3. Elliot Elliason, 6-11, JR, C, Chadron

    4. Dwight Smith, 6-3, JR , PG/SG, Ralston

    5. Tyler Evans, 6-2, JR, SG/PG, Waverly

    6. Mike Gessell, 6-0, FR, PG, South Sioux City

    7.. John Karhoff, 6-8, SR, PF/C, Creighton Prep.

    8. Vondrae Tostenson, 6-5, SR, PF, Millard South

    9. Matt Hagerbaumen, 6-7, SR, SF, Lincoln Southeast

    10. Stevelle Burns, 6-0, SR, PG, Benson

    11. Deverell Biggs, 6-1, JR, SG/PF, Omaha Central

    12. Caleb Steffensmeir, 5-11, JR, PG, Creighton Prep

    13. Jordan Tyrance, 6-4, SF/PF, JR, Lincoln Southwest

    14. Trevor Meinke, 6-0, JR, PG, Beatrice

    15. Scottie Davis, 6-5, JR, SF/PF, Omaha Burke

    16. Derrius Vick, 6-0, SO, PG, Lincoln Southeast

    17. Ted Lampkin, 5-11, SO, PG, Omaha Central

    18. Jerad Warner, 6-6, JR, PF/C Omaha Gross

    19. Dol Kutey, 6-6, SR, C, Lincoln Northeast

    20. Ben Imig, 6-0, JR, SG/PG, Bryan

    21. Galen Gullie, 5-7, SR, PG, Bryan

    22 Pete Uhing, 6-5, SR, PF/C, Lincoln High

    23 Adonis Hill, 5-10, SO, PG, Omaha Burke

    24. Mike Dentlinger, 6-6, JR, PF/C, Millard North

    25. DK Augustine, 6-4, SO, C, Omaha Bryan

  • Action Force’s Top Ten

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    Nebraska High School

    Basketball Teams

    (Week ending 02-15-09)

    Team ,(Record) Last wk rank

    1.

    Lincoln SW (18-2) 1

    2.

    Creighton Prep (15-4) 3

    3.

    Lincoln East(13-5) 4

    4.

    Lincoln High (11-6) 5

    5.

    Omaha Central (13-3) 3

    6.

    Lincoln Southeast(14-5) 7

    7.

    Lincoln Northeast(12-5) 103

    8.

    Omaha Bryan (15-6) 8

    9.

    Chadron (19-0) NR

    10.

    Norfolk (13-5) NR Contenders: Bellevue East, Omaha Burke, Omaha Benson, Bellevue West

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