Which sport is the most effective at sending players to the next level? Which schools lead the state?

We broke down the 2017 commitment database from a few different angles, including looking at recruiting by sport and by school.

Note that this data is not complete, only what has been reported to us, but it is the most complete dataset that exists when it comes to college athletics signees from Colorado's high schools.

Athletes heading to play college sports after high school is incredibly rare. As 9News detailed last month after breaking down CHSAANow.com's data, just 3.4 percent of local athletes move on to the next level.

By sport

All-City Stadium venue

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Football leads all sports with the most athletes (277) headed to play college sports, something that could be expected due to the number of athletes participating — 16,686 played in 2016, more than any other sport.

Baseball will send 159 to college, the second-most of any sport, closely followed by girls soccer (150). Softball (105) and volleyball (94) round out the top five.

It's girls soccer which continues to churn out the most Division I talent of any sport. This season, 70 will head to the top level in college athletics. Last season, 69 girls soccer players went D-I.

Football is second with 45 Division I players, and boys lacrosse (31) is next.

We've broken down the 2017 class by division and Division I:

All Divisions
Rank Sport Number Last Year's Rank
1 Football 277 1
2 Baseball 159 3
3 Girls Soccer 150 2
4 Softball 105 4
5 Volleyball 94 5
6 Boys Lacrosse 61 7
7 Boys Soccer 52 12
T8 Girls Basketball 49 9
T8 Girls Track/Cross Country 49 6
10 Wrestling 35 8
Division I
Rank Sport Number Last Year's Rank
1 Girls Soccer 70 1
2 Football 45 2
3 Boys Lacrosse 31 6
4 Volleyball 27 5
5 Baseball 26 3
6 Boys Soccer 20 12
T7 Girls Track/Cross Country 17 4
T7 Softball 17 11
9 Boys Track/Cross Country 15 8
10 Wrestling 12 13

By School

Valor Christian Saguaro football Colorado flag

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We also broke down college commitments by school, including all divisions, Division I, and a per capita figure, which looks at the number of college athletes a school produces compared to its enrollment.

By School (All Divisions)
Rank School Number Last Year's Rank
1 Valor Christian 41 3
2 Cherry Creek 35 1
T3 Mountain Vista 30 8
T3 Ralston Valley 30 6
T5 Pine Creek 28 12
T5 Rock Canyon 28 19
7 Cherokee Trail 27 28
8 Regis Jesuit 26 4
T9 Broomfield 25 39
T9 Eaglecrest 25 46
By School (Division I)
Rank School Number Last Year's Rank
1 Valor Christian 20 3
2 Regis Jesuit 18 2
3 Mountain Vista 17 6
4 Cherry Creek 16 1
5 Broomfield 13 20
6 Rock Canyon 11 26
T7 Mullen 10 18
T7 Pine Creek 10 13
T7 Ralston Valley 10 25
10 Lewis-Palmer 8 33
By School (Per capita)
Rank School Number Enrollment
1 Valor Christian 41 934
2 Fleming 2 56
3 Heritage Christian 3 87
4 Mullen 24 802
5 Lake City Commuity 1 40
6 Hoehne 2 105
7 Pine Creek 28 1,481
8 Lyons 4 231
9 Lewis-Palmer 17 996
10 Ralston Valley 30 1,828

Looking at football

Columbine Pomona football 2016 state playoff quarterfinals generic

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This season, 277 athletes are headed to play college football after completing their high school careers in Colorado. This is the most in the four-year history of the CHSAANow recruiting database, something that can most likely be attributed to the fact that we get better at gathering data each year. (The total has risen each year.)

Included in that total is 57 athletes headed to play Division I football, 45 on scholarship and 12 as walk-ons. The largest group is headed to play Division II (156, including four walk-ons), with 16 going D-III, 39 to the NAIA and nine to junior colleges.

We have data on Division I players which dates back to 2008, and the most that have ever gone D-I was 51. The 45 scholarship players from the 2017 class are the third-most in that time period.

Here is the complete dataset from this year's group of football seniors:

Football (2017 class)
Division Number
FBS 20
FBS (walk-on) 12
FCS 25
FCS (walk-on) 0
D-I total 45
D-I total (including walk-ons) 57
D-II 152
D-II (walk-on) 4
D-III 16
NAIA 39
JC 9
Total 261
Total (including walk-ons) 277