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Montana and Kentucky have the highest percentage of football players from within their state who stayed home to play in college. Over 80 percent of football players from those two states who are now on NCAA D-1, D-2, D-3, or NAIA football rosters chose in-state schools.
Many factors impact the decision to remain in state or travel out of state. One of the biggest is simply the availability of opportunities within a given state. The map below of where college programs reside gives insight into which states have many college football programs offering roster spots to begin with.
Along with the number of opportunities in-state, another major factor impacting the decision for many athletes is the out-of-state vs. in-state tuition costs. Our HS Athlete College Guide provides the tuition costs (in-state and out-of-state) for all 759 football programs. It also includes the number of athletic scholarship limits imposed by the NCAA or NAIA for each school, and calculates the average athletic scholarship money that a player on any given roster can expect to receive.
The differences between in-state and out-of-state are drastic in some cases - take, for example, the University of Montana, where in-state tuition with room/board is $19,100. Out-of-state tuition is almost double at $36,000.
The ability of college coaches to spend their recruiting budget dollars on traveling also plays into the in-state numbers. Many coaching staffs make a concerted effort to recruit locally to strengthen local pipelines, and to save money in their recruiting budget. The HS Athlete College Guide lists every college team that has players from your state (and who those players are), so that you can learn which college coaching staffs are most likely to recruit your area, or which college programs don't currently have recruiting pipelines in your state.
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