I'm from Southern Cal. While it's a fact that Cal schools have mostly Cal kids (similar to other states), i can name dozens of kids who attended and/or were recruited by out of state schools. I personally know kids who played D1 at every Ivy school, most Patriot league schools, Clemson, LSU, New Mexico (both state and U), Arizona (state and U), Miami of Ohio, Indiana, Oregon (State and U), Charleston, Maryland, Washington, Purdue, Nevada, to name a few. As for D3, even more.
Coaches will recruit from anywhere a player domiciles - it requires a well thought out plan to play before your target schools and the skills needed to get the RCs' attention. Also, keep in mind that (at least anecdotally from posts over the years here) that there seems to be a preference to play within a few hours drive of home.
Goosegg, since this thread has gone a little off-track, care to go a little further? What would you suggest are part of a well-thought out plan for a SoCal kid who may have to leave to leave the land of eternal summer to find a good academic and baseball fit? My 2022LHP is strong academically and projects to be D1 (6'1" still growing,throwing low 80's but doesn't have his "man body" muscles yet, 155lbs soaking wet, clearly still in puberty) but who knows...The problem is that many of the great Engineering schools that are a good academic fit are strong baseball programs as well. Maybe he'll get up to 90, maybe he'll top out in the upper 80's, how can you project that with accuracy? Of course we'd love for him to start throwing heat and go to UCLA, but I prefer to make a realistic plan.
Depending on his growth/strength, we were planning on a Headfirst this coming summer, before that doing a PBR event to get published numbers so that we can send those along with video ahead of time. He plays for a reputable travel program within CA but we don't go to events further than AZ. Players from our program are placed throughout the country, but are fewer and far between the further east you go.
Not D1 but in California one of the better Engineering schools already exists. And I am not talking Cal-tech. Harvey Mudd.
They partner Claremont and Scripps to field a team in the sciac. The coach there used to be the coach at Div 1 Cornell, so he is well versed in High academic schools.
If your son is not a realistic Pro Prospect, it might be a good alternative. Be aware their acceptance rate is around 13 percent.
If you want to go further out there is Rose Hulman in Terre Haute Indiana.
There acceptance rate is quite a bit higher at 61%
And rank very well.
I know it is not D1, but it does not hurt to keep your options open.