This post marks the start of a new series taking a look at the roots of the West Virginia football team and examining, year by year and coach by coach, where the Mountaineer coaching staffs have culled their players from over the last decade-plus. The results just might surprise you.
West Virginia currently fields a roster of 115 players who represent 16 different states plus the District of Columbia.
• Border states Maryland (5), Ohio (17), Pennsylvania (12) and Virginia (5) comprise 33.9 percent of the roster, though WVU hasn't brought in a recruit from Kentucky since 2007.
• 51.3 percent of the roster is relatively home-grown talent -- from West Virginia and its border states -- and 17.3 percent is from West Virginia itself.
• A recent study by Football Study Hall concluded that the top-10 recruit-producing states the last six years are, in order: Texas, Florida, California, Georgia, Ohio, Alabama, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Illinois and Michigan. WVU has just one player from California and doesn't have a single player from Alabama (last time an AL native committed to 'Eers was 2009), Louisiana (2005), Illinois (unknown) or Michigan (2007).
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