- Kevin Gemmell, ESPN Staff Writer
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It should be shocking to no one that of all the new players in the Pac-12 2014 recruiting class, a massive percentage comes from the state of California.
It is, after all, the lifeblood of the conference and the coaches hit the Golden State pretty hard. Of the 262 new players who signed letters of intent, transferred or enrolled early, 129 come from California, which represents 49.2 percent of the total class.
California was the primary draw for every school in the Pac-12 except Utah -- which signed three players from California, but went heavier in Florida with five.
“We expanded our recruiting territory to include the football-rich state of Florida and are pleased with our success there,” Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said. “We did very well in the South overall.”
Cal, USC and Washington each had 15 players from California, followed by Arizona (14), UCLA (13), Washington State (12) and Colorado and ASU with 10.
“We signed 10 players from the state of California, so obviously that's a big, big focus for us is obviously winning here locally, and then you've got to be able to in this league when you look at all the players in the Pac 12, you're going to see predominantly most of them are coming from California and predominantly Southern California,” ASU coach Todd Graham said.
Despite grabbing 15 from the state, second-year Cal coach Sonny Dykes said he wants to make the Bay Area a greater priority.
“As we move forward, that’s one thing we’re going to talk a lot about and consider is what we can do to keep guys local,” Dykes said. “Any good football program protects its own backyards.”
Oregon State wins the frequent flyer award with 14 different states represented, followed by Stanford with 12 and ASU with 11. USC had the fewest states represented with four. But the lack of travel didn't seem to impact the ratings as the Trojans unanimously nabbed the top class in the conference.
There was also some international flavor with Washington signing a Canadian from British Columbia and Washington State tapping into American Samoa (which it has done historically).
In total, 28 different states are represented along with Canada and Samoa.