The population of Alabama is 4.8 million people. The population of Mississippi is just under 3 million. Compare this recruiting base with the almost 40 million people that live in the state of California.
The head football coach at LSU recently picked up a commitment from quarterback Zadock Dinkelmann. Zack's an 8th grader from Texas. That's not a misprint; Dinkelmann is indeed an 8th grader. Recruiting middle school kids is increasingly common at the highest levels of college sports.