Colleges in every state make players in their home state a priority and when a prospect signs with an out-of-state program, they hear it from their fan base and from their administration. We take a look at three players that will spend their college career outside of their home-state.
Bryce McGowens, Nebraska - The former Florida State commitment felt family was too big to turn down as he picked Fred Hoiberg and Nebraska today. McGowens becomes the highest-rated commitment in Cornhusker history and will join his older brother Trey McGowens in Lincoln. South Carolina and Clemson, the two high-major programs in the state couldn’t keep him in state and his other finalist, neighboring Georgia couldn’t win the sweepstakes for the #1 player in South Carolina.
Bobby Pettiford, Louisville - Elon, High Point and UNC-Wilmington were the only in-state schools that pulled the trigger on offering the scoring guard out of South Granville (NC). High Point was his first offer coming in late 2018 and his first high-major offer came from Virginia Tech in February of 2020. It wasn’t until May that Louisville would extend an offer to Pettiford. Pettiford chose the Cardinals over Providence, Ole Miss and Virginia Tech. None of North Carolina’s high-major programs offered Pettiford and now he will be playing against all of them in the ACC.
Cesare Edwards, Xavier - The recruitment for the big man out of Hartsville, South Carolina started off in June of 2019 with an offer from in-state Presbyterian College, followed by some more low-major schools until around December of 2019 when VCU, in-state Clemson, Texas A&M and Virginia Tech would offer over the next couple of months. January is also when Xavier became involved as assistant coach Jonas Hayes was the first and only Xavier staff member to see Edwards live and was the main recruiter in securing his commitment. Hayes has ties to South Carolina during his time as a player at Western Carolina University and his time as an assistant at Georgia. Edwards never visited the Cincinnati campus because of the pandemic before committing and signing.