Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 1/25/13
The top five teams in college football had different geographical directions in their recruiting agenda for the past two years.We look at how well Alabama, Oregon, Notre Dame, Georgia, and Texas A&M have done protecting their own states and invading others.No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide: Star players; running back T.J. Yeldon, quarterback AJ McCarron, and offensive lineman D.J. Fluker are all from Alabama.Nick Saban has pulled talent like Barrett Jones from the state of Tennessee and Eddie Lacy from Louisiana. I will show how Saban has protected the state of Alabama later in the article. In recent years, Saban has recruited 15 players from Georgia. Georgia's coach, Mark Richt, has too much talent in the state of Georgia to keep other teams out.No. 2 Oregon Ducks: The Oregon Ducks, with their star running back D'Anthony Thomas, haven't had to depend upon players from their home state. Just ask Lane Kiffin how many freshman and sophomore players from  California play for the Ducks. Oregon has recruited 29 players from the past two seasons from California. This goes to show that playing time matters more than nice weather.No. 3 Notre Dame: We know Notre Dame has gone all over the country in the past for their recruits. The Irish have only recruited three players from their home state of Indiana in the past two years. Star quarterback Everett Golson was a very good freshman quarterback from South Carolina, but the majority of freshman and sophomores on the ND roster are from California (8) and North Carolina (5).No. 4 Georgia Bulldogs: While Nick Saban has taken much talent out of Georgia, Mark Richt hasn't done the same in Alabama. Now, fans could look at this both ways-Georgia doesn't need Alabama high school players because of their own state talent or Saban just shuts the other universities down.Both of Georgia's star running backs, Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall, came from the Raleigh, North Carolina area. Looking at Georgia's freshman and sophomores, 63 are from Georgia, nine from Florida, and only one from Alabama.No. 5 Texas A&M Aggies: Johnny Manziel was a freshman sensation, plus a Heisman Trophy winner from Kerrville,Texas. The Aggies might dive into other SEC states in 2013 for recruiting, but their roster has 63 freshman and sophomores from the state of Texas.I guess that Texas A&M has the same plan that Georgia has where recruiting is involved -- build from within, first. The closest state for the Aggies in recruiting to the state of Texas is Louisiana with only four freshman and sophomores.Final Thought: California, Georgia, and Texas are the top in talent for high school football. The state of Florida has dropped down to No. 4.  North Carolina is moving up for places like Notre Dame and the SEC as a whole because of network exposure to move up into the NFL. Sweetheart's Stuff   1. Alabama: Please do us all a favor and get off the Nick Train.2. Oregon: Other famous ducks include; Donald, Daffy, Duck Duck Goose.3. Notre Dame: Those Fighting Drunk Irish people. Aren't they breaking probation by leaving their state?4. Georgia: Alabama players don't come to Georgia due to all those signs;  "No Trespassing", "Beware of Dogs", "Granny's Got a Gun".5. Texas: Dallas starts on Monday the 28th!!! Welcome back to South Fork.Final Thought - Collin Cowherd is A-W-E-S-O-M-E !!!! (you might not agree, but it's the truth)Sincerely,Sweetheart  
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