A Look at the Ohio State-St. Thomas Aquinas Connection

By DJ Byrnes on January 29, 2014 at 11:28a

St. Thomas Aquinas is a high school power down in Florida. Some say they run the most advanced high school program in the country. It's a school that's sent Ohio State such prospects as Joey Bosa, Duron Carter, and it's a relationship Urban Meyer is looking to continue. (Urban's hand-written letters adorn the office of head football coach Rocco Casullo.)

Cleveland.com had a great write-up on the Florida power and Urban's relationship:

It’s staggering how much talent has passed through the doors at Aquinas and gone onto college programs in the FBS. In the 2013 recruiting class, Aquinas sent nine prospects to FBS schools, and at least five in every class dating back to before 2000. And it also isn’t a coincidence that Aquinas has more players in the NFL than any other high school program in the country (six).

“Don’t forget about all the prospects we have in the Ivy League as well,” Casullo said. “We’re talking about Yale, Princeton, Dartmouth, Penn, Brown. We have kids all over. Between academics and football, kids are probably getting about six hours of sleep a night here.

“And on the football field, we expect to win. Anything less than a championship is a disappointment for us, and our kids understand that. Ask Urban Meyer about his program and he'll probably say the same thing. So everything we do here prepares them for what's to come.”

Urban didn't recruit a St. Thomas Aquinas product in the 2014 class, but the ties remain strong. The prospect to watch is 2016's Nick Bosa, Joey's younger brother, who many say will be the better Bosa. Ohio State has also offered 2015 St. Thomas Aquinas WR Davonte Peete


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CptBuckeye24's picture

Isn't Cris Carter an assistant there at St. Thomas Aquinas?!?!  Ace recruiter on St. Thomas' staff

1967Buck's picture

Sounds like a good,sound coach. I really enjoyed listening to him and his thoughts. He understands so much and the teaching he gives to these young men for the years to come is just amazing. He gets it!!! Thanks 11Warriors. Peace and Go Bucks!!!

bstadnik's picture

Cris Carter isn't from Florida. He's from Middletown Ohio....just wanted to clear that up.


Go Bucks!

osubuck57's picture

Believe your right CPTBUCKEYE. Making some in roads with Florida talent would be great. Really like some of the recruits we have offered from Florida schools for 2015 and 2016.


acBuckeye's picture

Cris Carter from Florida?????? I confuse.

CptBuckeye24's picture

I'm pretty sure he lives there now....

OSUnathen's picture

He has a primary residence in Ft Lauderdale area. 

acBuckeye's picture

I realize that. The original post said Carter came to OSU from Florida, which obvii, he didn't. It has since been corrected.

sharks's picture

If UFM has his feelers locked in there, Cass, and Glenville; what more can be asked?

Plus, he got Berger from Ignatius, which has been a ND feeder, more or less.

A man got to have a code...

luckynutz's picture

Same with getting hubbard from Moeller. Getting into the big GCL schools in cincy is not easy. They tend to feed notre dame and Boston college. They are after Hilliard from St. X for next year. That would be big...a d show that this staff is not going to let other schools come in this state and pilfered the top kids. Yes, they cast a national net. But they been excellent at keeping the best in ohio home.

Buckabroad's picture

St. Thomas Aquinas and Ohio State. Impossible to find greater places than those on the high school and college levels, respectively.

"The minute we stop expecting greatness, we become Wisconsin."

Tjames43's picture

Dont forget Sam Bruce, he is a crazy talent.

Killer nuts's picture

Certainly wouldn't hurt to have a pipeline to the best football high school in Florida

RBuck's picture

Anyone else remember St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Columbus? A proverbial power in the City League in the '50's and early 60's. It was located where Columbus State sits now.

Long live the southend.

cinserious's picture

Anybody know North H.S. on Arcadia in Clintonville? I got my GED there.

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

fanfarris's picture

The Cleveland area is still the most important for the Bucks..


SoDakBuckeyeFan's picture

Lock down Ohio and then cherry pick some of the best players from across the nation. Recipe for championships, and Coach Meyer is making it happen. 


Poison nuts's picture

For those who don't know a lot about their history, STA has been a huge power in Florida HS football for a very long time. You can equate them to some of the traditional Ohio powerhouse HS programs that may come to mind depending on where in Ohio you're from. I remember as a kid, when I moved from Columbus to here, my HS had a very good football team & legendary coach. Every year (seemed like) they would meet St Thomas Aquinas in regional semis to play for who would play in the State Championship...and every year St Thomas would win. They've been just ridiculous in football for a long, long time. Definitely a good program for UFM to have a pipeline/great relationship with. 

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