Latest all-star list affirms proximity to recruits translates to success

The fine folks at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl recently shipped over a list of the 422 nominees for the annual all-star game. During the next few months, game organizers will whittle the list into the two teams that will play at San Antonio’s Alamo Dome on Jan. 9. But it’s more than just an honor to be nominated. These players are providing a valuable research opportunity.

When the list arrived in spreadsheet form, I knew it was time to crunch some numbers. The list allowed me to further test the hypothesis put forth in January’s recruit mapping project — that a college football program’s location plays as much or more of a role in that program’s success or failure than the coach, facilities or tradition.