Most middle school even grammar schools have their own school soccer teams. Football isn’t sponsored in middle school - at least around here it isn’t. So many kids first organized ability to play football is in high school unless there’s some pee wee youth football leagues. I know a number of mothers who wouldn’t let their kids play football till they were in high school too.
In Texas, many of the larger schools have three freshmen football teams (usually some variation of red, white, and blue with the top players on one team, and the ability to shuffle players around as the improve throughout the season) and two or three JV teams (same set up) to go along with their varsity high school team.
Here you can see the various rosters for one of the power schools near where I live in Austin, TX (Lake Travis High School).
I didn't say it would. Just making the point that any sport that gains popularity has to begin somewhere. They are certainly in the infancy of it becoming popular.
In America, there has been a cycle of "Americas Favorite Past Times". Started with horse racing, which gave way to boxing, which gave way to baseball, which gave way to football, which now seems to be giving way to whatever sport is up next. The funny thing about the lifespan of these sports as being the most popular, is that in the midst of each sports' popularity, people never thought that sport would cede power to another sport. At some point football will give way too.
In Europe, soccer has been around for so long, and has been so ingrained in their culture for century upon century, that it doesn't seem possible that it will cede to any other sport. Soccer dates back to 2nd, and 3rd, century China. In America, our sports date back to just over 100 years, so there is not one single sport that is truly in our DNA, the way soccer is across the pond.
Depending on talent, each year the focus of recruiting areas for coaches can change.
We have recruited Canada , not so much this year, but have Canadian players on the team.
Numerous offers went out to Hawaiian players this year, with a walkon from last year.
The staff offered Zavier Scott, who was playing in Germany and committed to UConn this year. Although no other offers have been extended the SU coaches are following a Swede and an Italian player. Rutgers just received a commitment from a Swede, Jutwreten, and have another Swede on the team already as does Temple.
Is football recruiting going to becoming as international in its' recruiting of players as other college sports?
Ok. My curiosity got the best of me.
As of 2014:
Football was the most participated in high school sport in 2014 with 1,088,115 players
Soccer cam in 4th with 782,514 participants, of which 410,982 participants were boys.