A deeper look inside recruiting hotbeds

Colleague Mitch Sherman had a great look at the culture of high school football in various states around the country, including Texas. Here's a quick excerpt:

Ranked No. 17 in the ESPN 150, [Darius] James plans to sign next month with Texas. He's the top recruit in the Longhorns' class and the No. 1 center nationally.

Credit the Texas high school football culture. It's inescapable, from the small towns to the population centers around Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston.

"It's bigger than pro football," said kicker Shane Tripucka of Allen (Texas) High School, which opened a $60 million, 18,000-seat stadium last fall.

Yes, the Friday night environment in Texas is likely unmatched nationally.

Along with Sherman's column is a fantastic chart from our RecruitingNation team that looks at the breakdown of where talent comes from.

No surprise here: Texas is by far the deepest recruiting pool. Take a look at the chart to learn more. Really fascinating stuff.