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Hard to believe, Tennessee's had 2-3 generations of Flowerses & Colquitts that had to be Heismanworthy. Now they have or had a Clausen QB from that extended FB family. Back in the day only the press voted for the Heisman, most of the press & most of the Heisman winners were concentrated in the East Coast & Midwest, coincidence? IDTS.
And Texas, not Pennsylvania, is the beast of HS football, best in quality & quantity of blue chip recruiters. Why else do you find Texans on ACC, Big East & Pac 10 squads? MWC, WAC & even the SEC too -- note that Matt Stafford from UGA & Bama's new QB McElroy both from the same Houston HS -- ? How many players from PA in those non-Big East or ACC Conferences? not so much.
Granted, Texas is about 3 times bigger in size & population (of any other state not named California) & has a 5-tiered HS system to accommodate its several hundred thousand HS players, where HS football is an secular religion & an iconic institution, see Friday Night Lights. With recruiting & technology at such a high level now the big BCS programs recruit pretty much the whole country, not too many exclusively regional or instate recruiting programs in the BCS now, none anymore in the top 10, cause & effect at work there.
If we go all-time best, Pennsylvania wins. Today, obviously not, but all-time, yes.
Best Player to ever play in the State: 3 way tie: Favre, Sweetness, Rice
Best Team to ever play in the State: 1959-1962 Ole Miss Rebels
Best Coach to ever coach in the State: Johnny Vaught
Any other random facts: Mississippi natives have at least held arguably the most important records in football. 1)Favre: yardage/touchdowns 2)Payton: former all time rushing yardage leader 3)Rice: everything involved with receiving a football professionally.
I had a dream that Brady Quinn was rollin' with Omarosa in a 1987 LeSabre
Best team: Seneca Valley High School. State record 12 State Championships including 2 separate threepeats from 92-94 and 97-99
Best player: Chuck Foreman RB The Frederick native was a true all-purpose back and made the Pro Bowl five times between 1973 and 1980. The former Vikings great was the 1973 Associated Press NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, twice led the league in total touchdowns and came within 6 yards of leading the NFC in both receptions (73) and rushing yards in 1975, when he had 22 total touchdowns. Injuries derailed his career, and he finished with 5,950 rushing yards and 53 rushing touchdowns, averaging 3.8 yards per attempt, while catching 350 passes for 3,156 yards and 23 receiving touchdowns.
Best Coach: John Harvill Gaithersburg HS. 45 years as head coach
Random Fact: Nobody from Maryland has been elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame