College Football Recruitment Maps

Did you hear about this thing that colleges have football teams now? And at the end of the year some committee decides on the four best, and they play each other?

We have to support this or it might not make it. So, in that spirit, I made some maps of the recruitment footprints of all four teams. These footprints are quantified (because I’m a nerd) by something I call the Air Mile Index. Because it is a proxy for how many air miles the assistant coaching staff racks up.

So if you are prepared mentally, and emotionally, to swim through an analysis of these recruitment footprints in the linked Story Map. You can yank a couple of quips from here and spout them off at a game-watching party over some chips and pop…and alienate yourself utterly. Hurry, though, because this particular set of maps has a really limited shelf life.


There are details-a-plenty in this steamy Story Map walk-through.
No time for that? Download and dig right in to my Pro project.


Here are all 482 player hometowns:

Here’s what those probably-impossibly small dots represent…

Let’s break it out by school.




And finally Clemson:

Happy Football Mapping! John

About the author

I have far too much fun looking for ways to understand and present data visually, hopefully driving product strategy and engaging users. I work in the ArcGIS Living Atlas team at Esri, pushing and pulling data in all sorts of absurd ways and then sharing the process. I also design user experiences for maps and apps. When I'm not doing those things, I'm chasing around toddlers and wrangling chickens, and generally getting into other ad-hoc adventures. Life is good. You might also like these Styles for ArcGIS Pro:

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