My analysis of their analysis (in 2012):
When you look at the numbers LSU does better than any other "school" on the list. Some "states" that have multiple schools keep a higher percentage but no one school does.
For all of the people that think LSU loses too many in-state players here's the reality of how LSU stands with other schools as far as who keeps their home state players.
Wish they had done it with FOUR & five stars since so many Louisiana four stars are undervalued.
Forget the percentage of states that keep their players in the chart on the right and focus on the numbers in the article. The breakdown in the article shows what school the kids chose. The numbers in the article pertain to 5 star recruits. The chart refers to Rivals 100 players. Both reflect LSU's dominance of keeping in-state kids.
Those numbers show us LSU and Bama both got 75% of their respective in-state players. Michigan got 71%. No other school got near these percentages.
The number by school:
LOUISIANA: LSU 75.0 percent (9 of 12): Went to LSU (9): 2004: St. Martinville WR Early Doucet (LSU). 2005: Reserve East St. John QB Ryan Perrilloux (LSU). 2006: Elton DT Al Woods (LSU). 2007: Baton Rouge Southern Lab ATH Chad Jones (LSU). 2009: Bastrop WR Rueben Randle (LSU), Mansfield DT Chris Davenport (LSU). 2011: Baton Rouge Redemptorist OT La'El Collins (LSU), New Orleans O. Perry Walker DT Anthony Johnson (LSU), Lutcher WR Jarvis Landry (LSU).
Left (3): 2007: River Ridge John Curtis RB Joe McKnight (USC). 2009: Lake Charles Barbe CB Janzen Jackson (Tennessee). 2012: Geismar Dutchtown S Landon Collins (Alabama).
ALABAMA: Bama 75 percent (9 of 12): Went to Bama (9): 2006: Birmingham Huffman OT Andre Smith (Alabama). 2008: Foley WR Julio Jones (Alabama), Prichard Vigor ATH Burton Scott (Alabama), Mountain Brook OT Tyler Love (Alabama). 2009: Foley OT D.J. Fluker (Alabama), Gadsden City CB Dre Kirkpatrick (Alabama), Andalusia LB Nico Johnson (Alabama). 2010: Millbrook Stanhope Elmore CB Dre Milliner (Alabama). 2012: Daphne RB T.J. Yeldon (Alabama).
Stayed in state but didn't go to Bama (1): 2002: Selma WR Ben Obomanu (Auburn).
Left (2): 2003: Hoover WR Chad Jackson (Florida). 2012: Hueytown QB Jameis Winston (Florida State).
Spare me the "We're the only big school in the state" speech. Yes, we are but what does that have to do with the price of Community in NOLA? It doesn't matter. For whatever reason, no one keeps a higher percentage of "their" guys than LSU.
There are also Catholic kids that are going to be lost to Notre Dame. LSU doesn't have a situation like that to deal with in Louisiana.
A few years back, I did something similar with Alabama and Auburn, and I think Combined their rates were a bit higher than LSU's.