When people think Texas they think football, barbecue and guns. Probably in that order, too. But really, it's no secret the Lone Star State is home to many, many talented athletes that go on to play college and even professional football. Every year ESPN puts out a ranking index and in 2016, there were 51 Texas high school players in the ESPN 300. Out of 50 states, that's 1/6 of the total number.

There were two players from Killeen's Shoemaker High School and one player from Copperas Cove High. Check out the list below to see who they signed with.

2. Gregory Little | Allen, TX - signed with Ole Miss

4. Ed Oliver | Houston, TX - signed with Houston

26. Jeffrey McCulloch | Aldine, TX - signed with Texas

39. Kaden Smith | Flower Mound, TX - signed with Stanford

41. Deontay Anderson | Marvel, TX - signed with Ole Miss

42. Devin Duvernay | Sachse, TX - signed with Baylor

49. Brandon Jones | Nacogdoches, TX - signed with Texas

52. Tyrie Cleveland | Houston, TX - signed with Florida

56. Patrick Hudson | Silsbee, TX - signed with Baylor

70. Devwah Whaley | Beaumont, TX - signed with Arkansas

75. Justin Madubuike | McKinney, TX - signed with Texas A&M

76. Chris Owens | Arlington, TX - signed with Alabama

82. Jordan Elliott | Houston, TX - signed with Texas

86. Eric Monroe | Houston, TX - signed with LSU

97. Austin Myers | Marvel, TX - signed with TCU

121. Chris Daniels | Euless, TX - signed with Texas

123. Dontavious Jackson | Houston, TX - signed with Florida St.

127. Eric Cuffee | Waco, TX - signed with Texas

128. Jean Delance | Mesquite, TX - signed with Texas

132. Erick Fowler | Manor, TX - signed with Texas

167. Isaiah Chambers | Houston, TX - signed with TCU

168. Travon Fuller | Athens, TX - signed with Texas A&M

169. Tristen Wallace | DeSoto, TX - signed with Oregon

186. Mark Jackson | Cibolo, TX - signed with Oklahoma

188. Dee Anderson | DeSoto, TX - signed with LSU

195. Sewo Olonilua | Kingwood, TX - signed with TCU

198. Tren'Davian Dickson | Navasota, TX - signed with Baylor

202. D'Eriq King | Marvel, TX - signed with Houston

205. Dillon Sterling-Cole | Houston, TX - signed with Arizona St.

206. Jaylon Jones | Allen, TX - signed with Ole Miss

218. Jared Mayden | Sachse, TX - signed with Alabama

224. Zach Smith | Grandview, TX - signed with Baylor

229. Kyle Porter | Katy, TX - signed with Texas

230. Kellen Diesch | Trophy Club, TX - signed with Texas A&M

231. Courtney Lark | Bellaire, TX - signed with Houston

234. Quartney Davis | Houston, TX - signed with Texas A&M

237. Jared Atkinson | Mesquite, TX - signed with Baylor

241. Austin Anderson | Mineola, TX - signed with Texas A&M

243. Shane Buechele | Arlington, TX - signed with Texas

249. Charles Oliver | Fairfield, TX - Texas A&M

250. Marcel Southall | Duncanville, TX - signed with Texas

262. Denzel Okafor | Lewisville, TX - signed with Texas

265. Kenan Ivy | Lancaster, TX - signed with Baylor

266. Parker Braun | Hallsville, TX - signed with Georgia Tech

274. Ross Blacklock | Missouri City, TX - signed with TCU

276. Mike Williams | Fort Worth, TX - signed with Stanford

277. Audie Omotosho | Plano, TX - signed with UCLA

283. Denzel Mims | Dangerfield, TX - signed with Baylor

12 Lone Star athletes signed with the Longhorns, eight signed with Baylor, six signed with the Aggies and four signed with TCU. That means of the 51 players from Texas ranked in the top 300, an impressive 30 are playing within state lines.

Brings a whole new meaning to "Texas Forever."