Water coolers, call-in sports talk shows, and message boards filled with fans giving their views on where the best high school talents come from year after year. Unless the teams go head-to-head against each other on the grid or elite recruits lock up camps, the debate isn’t over. National recruiting analysts Ryan Wright and Clint Cosgrove try to work out which region produces the most college football talent, the Midwest or the state of Georgia.
Cosgrove’s takes: There is little doubt that Georgia is a talent training center with it consistently producing All-American and NFL players. While it may not be fair to compare an entire region with an individual state, the fact that we are doing so is a testament to the talent that lives in Georgia. With that said, I think it’s time for the Midwest to get some respect, and I’m willing to say that the talent in the Midwest is completely superior to that of Georgia.
When comparing the 2023 talents after the latest leaderboard update, Midwest has 35 Rivals250 players and two five-star players in QB Dante Moore and OT Kadyn Proctor. While Georgia’s 19 Rivals250 players are impressive for a state, it currently lacks a five-star player, and the Midwest has almost twice as many Rivals250 rookies.
The area that separates Midwestern players the most is outside of national-level rookies, many of the region’s best players far from hitting the ceiling when they get to school. The 2022 draft is a great example of this as the Midwest had 13 players selected in the first two rounds, with seven going in the first round and six selected in the second round. The most notable of the initial choices is No. Choice of 2, 3 and 12 out of 4 stars Aidan Hutchisonthree stars Gardener Ahmad ‘Sauce’ and four stars Jameson Williams. While two of those top three picks are national rookies, two of the remaining 10 picks are two-star players, and four of them have no stars at all. The sublimation of Midwestern players is unmatched, and the latest draft is truly a testament to that.
Wright’s takes: Going back to the last five recruiting classes in Peach State starting with quarterbacks Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields, Georgia State has produced 15 5-star players and hundreds of 4-star talents. The top rankings match the All-American title-winning in-state players trying to achieve first-round NFL Draft status. Georgia high school players are loaded with difference-makers who are helping to shape the football scene in the next levels and the class of 2023 is working hard to keep up the pace.
After the latest leaderboard update, Georgia has 19 players listed in Rivals250, 7 in the top 100. Two of them achieved a safe, high four star. Caleb Downs and run again Justice Haynesare at the top of their position group with respect to the country. Victor Burley, Raul Aguirre, Madden Sanker, Ethan Davis, Dee Crayton, Terrance of love, Kayden McDonaldand Stephilylan Green broke into the top 10 in their grouping nationally.
Georgia reserve players not only deliver to DI schools in Georgia, Georgia Tech, Georgia State, Georgia Southern, and Kennesaw State, but also line up classes nationwide with Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Stanford, Ohio State, Arkansas, Pitt and Miami among many pull players out to help win future games.