Prattville, a dominant state football power over the last decade, is showing prowess on college football rosters, too.
The Lions, in a second annual survey of NCAA Division I-A teams, have the most alumni of any state high school team.
Prattville has 13 players on a Division I-A roster, one more than Hoover and two more than Florence. G.W. Carver is one of four state schools with nine.
“It’s a testament to how hard the kids work and prepare for college and how much the community, the school and our teachers help get them ready,” Prattville coach Chad Anderson said.
“It’s a whole-program deal.”
Anderson said that it’s a compliment that goes beyond just his tenure at Prattville. He’s in his fourth season after taking over for Jamey DuBose.
“That spans Coach DuBose and myself,” Anderson said. “He has several players on that list and we do, too.
“I feel it shows how hard our kids work and how prepared they are to go to the next level.”
The Lions have three players at Auburn and two at Army. They have one player each at Florida State, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan, Oklahoma State, Southern Miss and Texas State.
In total, there are 406 players who list Alabama as their home state on an NCAA Division I-A roster.
Of the 128 I-A teams, 69 have at least one Alabamian. There are 162 high schools with players on a Division I-A roster.
Obviously, the four in-state I-A teams have the most: Troy (58), South Alabama (52), Auburn (37) and Alabama (34).
Of out-of-state schools, Southern Miss (24) has the largest set of Alabama’s native sons, followed by Mississippi State (19) and Arkansas State (12).
There are 141 native Alabamians at Sun Belt Conference schools and 129 with Southeastern Conference teams.
Alabama high schools with the most players on a 2015 NCAA Division I-A football roster:
9 Auburn, G.W. Carver, Spain Park, St. Paul’s
— A. Stacy Long