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Recruit data comes from Rivals.com.
College locations were scraped from Google search results of a given university’s coordinates.
City coordinates come from this dataset and some manual entry. Only U.S. recruits were included.
Visualization made with D3.js and my hands.
A college’s radius was calculated by finding the average distance (mean) between a college and its recruits’ hometowns. The radius is offset to the left or right based on the percentage of recruits from the west vs. east and offset up or down based on the percentage of recruits from the north vs. south. If 100% of a college’s recruits were from a hometown west of its campus, the radius would be pushed to the left by the size of the college’s radius.
We cut off the states shown in the distribution at a) the sixth largest state or b) the first state under 5% — whichever came first.