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The State of Florida Invades Omaha

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Yes, the Florida Gators are in Omaha, but they do not account for all the players the state has produced in this year’s College World SeriesMaxPreps released a list of where kids playing in the CWS went to high school, sorted by state.  And to no surprise, the state of Florida topped the list.  By the numbers, 48 out of 297 players (16%) went to Florida high schools. Here’s how the states list breaks down:

  1. Florida (48)
  2. California (37)
  3. Tennessee (25) & Texas (25)
  4. Louisiana & Virginia (15)
  5. New Jersey (13) & Oklahoma (13)

When you consider that both Florida and California have one school playing in Omaha (UF and Stanford), the numbers become even more impressive.  And then when you compare Florida with California, the total population of the state of Florida is nearly half of that of California.  This means that Florida has clearly become the epicenter of college baseball recruiting.

Seven of the eight teams in Omaha this weekend (excluding Oral Roberts) has at least one player who graduated from a Florida high school.  The Gators being (clearly) the most Florida heavy team, only speaks more to the fact that they can fill a premiere, Division 1 roster, without leaving the state.  IMG Academy leads the way among all high schools with five players on CWS rosters; including Florida, Tennessee, LSU and Virginia.

Here’s how the Floridians break out by team:

Florida Gators

Stanford Cardinals

Tennessee Volunteers

Wake Forest Demon Deacons

LSU

TCU

Virginia

  • Evan Dobias, American Heritage (Plantation)
  • Jake Gelof, IMG Academy (Bradenton)
  • Bradley Hodges, St. Johns Country Day (Orange Park)

 Florida High School Baseball Leads the Way

Legends on Deck may be a little bias in the sense that we are a Florida based website, but one doesn’t need to show any favoritism to present facts.  The state of Florida is leading the way in producing baseball talent.  What’s also notable from this list, is that there are players scattered throughout the state.  While, there’s clearly a concentration of players from South Florida and the I-4 Corridor, there’s are other corners of the state represented as well.  All the more reason to continue to provide more high school baseball coverage from the state of Florida here at Legends on Deck.

Brian is the Managing Editor at Legends on Deck and Co-Host on Legends On Deck Podcast. He's been writing about baseball at LOD since 2017. He grew up in the Detroit area and is a lifelong Tigers fan. However, he shares some affinity for his son George's favorite team, the Atlanta Braves. Brian also has a particular interest in the amateur side of the game, including high school, college and collegiate summer league baseball. Brian and George also love collecting and selling baseball cards. You can find them selling on eBay (@Kossball) or posting on George's Instagram (@Kossball). Brian lives in Horizon West (Winter Garden), Florida with his wife (Grace), three daughters and George the Card Kid. You can also reach him at brianmkoss@gmail.com

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