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In-State Numbers Add Up To UT Bonanza

Tennessee fans don't get very excited at the thought of signing a top 400 national football prospect, but the nucleus of championship teams are more frequently formed by players rated between 101 and 400 than by top 100 players.

Sure, it's important to sign a few from the nation's cream of the recruiting crop if you're going to compete to titles, but simple division shows how difficult that is to do on a consistent basis. With 113 Division I teams in the NCAA, there's enough top 400 prospects for each program to sign roughly 3.5 from that list each year. Over four years that adds up to 14 top 400 prospects per school if...

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