TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – From Jersey City, N.J., to Corona, Calif., Alabama’s 2015 recruiting class has once again established itself as a coast-to-coast endeavor.
That’s nothing new for the Crimson Tide, of course. The 26-man class of 2014 pulled from 15 different states, up two from the 13 it hit in 2013.
As it stands Thursday — one day after quarterback Blake Barnett (Corona, Calif.) committed to the Crimson Tide – Alabama holds commitments from 19 players in 10 different states. Of note, tight end Hale Hentges is the first Missourian of the Nick Saban era. The rest come from relatively familiar territories.
The map below shows just how spread out the group is.
The geographic midpoint — the center of gravity (center of mass or average location) for all of the points — of this class so far? Northport, of all places, according to GeoMidpoint.com.
The geographic midpoint of 2014′s class was Como, Miss. — a small town just a shade northeast of Oxford. Several recruits from west of the Mississippi, including signees from Arkansas, Iowa, Colorado, Minnesota and Colorado helped contribute to that particular midpoint.
One of the best signing classes in recent memory looked nothing like this.
Alabama’s 2008 class included seven players who went on to become first- or second-round NFL Draft picks and a number of other top contributors, including three-time All-American Barrett Jones.
As an out-of-state recruit, Jones, who went to school in Cordova, Tenn., was in the minority, as Saban and Co. largely culled from within the borders. Of Alabama’s 32 signees in 2008, 18 came from in-state schools.
That class’ midpoint? Clanton.