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There are 5,612 current college football players at NCAA D-1, D-2, D-3, or NAIA schools from California high schools. Of that number, a whopping 70 percent continued their careers at out-of-state colleges.In-state Division I football programs with the most California players
1. Cal Poly - 101
2. UC Davis - 93
T3. UCLA and Sacramento State - 90
5. San Jose State - 84Out-of-state Division I schools with the most California players
1. Nevada - 57
2. Washington - 53
3. Boise State - 49
4. Colorado - 43In-state programs in D-2, D-3, or NAIA with the most California players
1. Humboldt State - 96
1. University of La Verne - 96
3. Azusa Pacific - 87Out-of-state programs in D-2, D-3, or NAIA with the most California players
1. Western New Mexico - 50
2. Pacific University in Oregon - 48
3. Puget Sound (WA) - 44
There are a number of factors that play into staying in-state. A big one from the perspective of parents in California is simply where college programs are located. Take a look at the map below to see how few of the four-year college football programs in the country are in the west.
With the HS Athlete College Guide you can get more information about which schools recruit the state, as well as in-state and out-of-state tuition data for every team in the country along with the average athletic scholarship that any given team is receiving.
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