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Study: Which head coaches truly "build a fence around the state"

Seemingly every single head coach that takes the podium at his introductory press conference talks about "building a fence around the state" to keep the most talented prospects from leaving the state to play their college football.

During the course of the long off season, one of the questions we threw around as a staff was; which current head coach (and his staff) are the best at keeping talent inside of the state borders? From there, FootballScoop intern-extraordinaire Joe Bowen dug into each roster that was returning a head coach for a fourth season.

Since the study included just taking a look at each roster, we did not determine how many walk-ons each roster included, but nonetheless, we came up with some interesting results.

Not surprisingly, Texas coaches dominated the top of the list. However, it was a bit surprising to find that the first head coach not from the talent rich states of Texas, California or Florida (who dominate the first 12 slots) was Central Michigan head coach Dan Enos, who narrowly (.01%) edged out Virginia Tech's Frank Beamer.

The first power five conference coach to make the list was Art Briles (82.29%), with Larry Coker topping the list of all coaches with nearly 90% of his players from coming inside of Texas. At the bottom of the list are Navy's Ken Nuimatalolo followed by Notre Dame's Brian Kelly, both of which recruit nationally and aren't located in the richest of talent beds.

 A couple of things, however obvious they may seem, are worth noting before diving into the numbers where you can draw your own conclusions:
-A program like Notre Dame is going to have a much bigger national draw outside of the borders of Indiana than a program like North Texas.
-A state like Texas obviously has enough talent to spread around...a few times over. Kansas and Nebraska don't have that luxury. Here's a look at where exactly college football talent comes from.

With those in mind, as a staff, we came to the following conclusions:
- Geography plays a big role: Les Miles and LSU (62.5%) and Mark Hudspeth with Louisiana-Lafayette (51.04%), both located more towards the middle of the state have significantly more Louisiana players than Louisiana-Monroe's Todd Berry (30.34%) where campus is closer to the border of Arkansas and Texas.
- Miami's percentage is a head scratcher: Florida programs run by FSU's Jimbo Fisher (74%), UF's Will Muschamp (68%) and UCF's George O'Leary (68.67%) are near the top of the list, but Al Golden's Miami program trails significantly (52.83%). That certainly clashes with the "Geography plays a big role" conclusion mentioned previously.

All programs from power five conferences (plus Notre Dame and BYU) have been bolded to make them easier to find.

*Only head coaches entering a minimum of their fourth year were included. We did this to ensure that the vast majority of the players on the roster were recruited by the current staff.

COACH                               

 # OF IN-STATE PLAYERS  TOTAL # OF PLAYERS % OF IN STATE PLAYERS
Larry Coker - UTSA  95   107 88.79%
Dan McCarney - North Texas   86  98 87.76%
David Bailiff - Rice  70   81 86.42%
Art Briles - Baylor  79  96 82.29%
Dennis Franchione- Texas State  82  100 82.00%
Rocky Long - San Diego State  66   89  74.16%
Jimbo Fisher - Florida State  74  100 74.00%
Mark Richt - Georgia  70  96 72.96%
Gary Patterson - TCU  81  118 68.64% 
George O'Leary - UCF  57  83 68.67%
June Jones - SMU  70  102 68.63%
Will Muschamp - Florida  68  100  68.00%
Dan Enos - Central Michigan  69  104 66.35%
Frank Beamer - Virginia Tech  67  101 66.34% 
Frank Solich - Ohio  64  99  64.65% 
Les Miles - LSU  65  104  62.50%
Paul Johnson - Georgia Tech  65  107 60.75%
Mike London - Virginia  55  91 60.44%
Ruffin McNeill - East Carolina   74   123 60.16% 
Dan Mullen - Mississippi State  65   110  59.09%  
Al Golden - Miami   56  106 52.83% 
Joey Jones - South Alabama  51  98 52.04% 
Matt Campbell - Toledo   54  105  51.43% 
Mark Hudspeth - Louisiana-Lafayette   49  96  51.04% 
Bill Snyder - Kansas State  50   101 49.50% 
Bill Blankenship - Tulsa  63  128 49.22%
Kevin Wilson - Indiana  50   102 49.02% 
Hugh Freeze - Ole Miss   49  105 46.67%
Larry Blakeny - Troy  52  112 46.43%
Dabo Swinney - Clemson   51  113 45.13%
Bo Pelini - Nebraska  61   139 43.88%
Bobby Wilder - Old Dominion  30  70 42.86%
Gary Pinkel - Missouri  49  118 41.53%
Brady Hoke - Michigan  41  99 41.41%
Randy Edsall - Maryland  35  87 40.23%
Mark Dantonio - Michigan State  36  92  39.13%
Paul Rhoads - Iowa State  36  92 39.13%
Steve Spurrier - South Carolina  38  101 37.62%
Pete Lembo - Ball State  44  117 37.61%
Bronco Mendenhall - BYU  36  100 36.00%
Kyle Whittingham - Utah  37  104 35.58%
Jeff Quinn - Buffalo  38  111 34.23%
Kirk Ferentz - Iowa  30  96 31.25%
Todd Berry - Louisiana-Monroe  27  89 30.34%
Nick Saban - Alabama   25   87  28.74% 
Pat Fitzgerald - Northwestern   30   110  27.27% 
David Shaw - Stanford  28

103 

 27.18%
Bob Stoops - Oklahoma  30  114 26.32%
Rick Stockstill - MTSU  30  121 24.79%
Bobby Hauck - UNLV  21  86 24.42%
Mike Gundy - Oklahoma State  22  99 22.22%
David Cutcliffe - Duke  23  104 22.12%
Charlie Weis - Kansas   16  73 21.92%
Mike Riley - Oregon State  17  83 20.48%
Dana Holgorsen - West Virginia  19  108 17.59%
Doc Holliday - Marshall  8  71 11.27% 
Troy Calhoun - Air Force   5  61 8.20%
Brian Kelly - Notre Dame   4  81  4.94%  
Ken Nuimatalolo - Navy  5  125 3.03%

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