Observations on HS football in other states I've lived in and just based on what I've seen in person, in the local papers, and on tv while living there. Florida: Roughly on par with Texas. Athletes equal to Texas--skill positions arguably even better than Texas, linemen not so much. Coaching not quite Texas HS level, but not too far off. Somewhat less 'hoopla', massive fan support, and fanaticism compared to HS football in Texas. So. Carolina: Athletes equal to Texas. Coaching nowhere close. Basic unsophisticated schemes. Good fan support. Maryland: Athletes a few cuts below Texas. Same with coaching. Low to very low level of fan/community support. More of a basketball state. Hawaii: Linemen on par with, or even better than, Texas on the average (not kidding). Skill positions (other than QB) not even close to Texas level. Coaching average. Very good fan support -- massive HS school pride that extends into adulthood and strong rivalries. Privates play publics together, leading to much recruiting by the privates. New York: Laughable all around. Great HS basketball state though... If you've been around the country, and seen any HS football while there, post about it.