Due to a clerical error on my part (two different charts), I mistakenly screwed up numbers 100, 99 and 98. Louisville is No. 100, Urbana is 99 and Cambridge is 98. To read the comments for Urbana, go here.
Can't promise I won't screw something up in the future (counting to 100) is hard, but I'll try my best not to.
Recruiting is said to be the lifeblood of college football. This series will countdown the top 100 high schools in Ohio that have provided the Buckeyes with football players. The rankings are based on how many times a player from each high school has been listed on Ohio State's roster between 1970 and 2018.
No. 99, Urbana
Urbana has produced four Ohio State players that appeared on 10 Ohio State rosters. 1981 was the the first time a Hillclimber was on the Buckeyes roster. Gary Burris was a listed a center for the 1981 and 1982 squads.
Greg Rogan was the second player from Urbana to make Ohio State's roster. In 1984 he was listed as a running back, but he was switched to cornberback for the seasons between 1985 and 1987. During his four seasons with the Buckeyes, Rogan had 11 interceptions including a career high 5 in 1986. Patrick Rogan joined the team in 1987 as a linebacker, but that was his first and only season.
The fourth and last player from Urbana was wide receiver Tony Locke. His name made the roster in 1998, 1999 and 2000. During his last season, Locke played in seven games and hauled in 3 passes for 29 yards. After Ohio State, Locke eventually played in the Arena Football League for four seasons. He was a WR/DB for the Columbus Destroyers, Los Angeles Avengers and New Orleans VooDoo.
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Urbana High School is located in Champaign County and participates in the Central Buckeye Conference. The team currently competes in Division IV, Region 16. The last time the Hillclimbers made the playoffs was 2013. Urbana lost to Archbishop McNicholas, 14-28, in the first round.
The original high school was built in 1874, but burnt down in 1896. The school was rebuilt, but again burned to the ground in 1930. The school, known as "The Castle" was rebuilt for a second time and remained in use through April of 2018. The new Urbana High School was built behind "The Castle" that still remains standing.
The school has not won a state title in football, but it has won titles in four different sports. In 1976 the volleyball team took the title, the baseball team won championships in 1980 and 1990. Not to be outdone, the girls basketball team won titles in 1992 and 1993. The last title belongs to the boys bowling team that won it all in 2016.
Explanation of the Rankings
School "A" had 14 players appear 16 times on Ohio State's roster. School "B" had 11 players appear 20 times on Ohio State's roster. School "B" will have the higher ranking. Why? Even though school "B" has less players, those players played for more years.
If two or more schools have the same number of appearances, the tie will be broken by the school with the highest average of roster appearances per player. If there is a tie in the average, the tie breaker will be the school with the most prominent Ohio State player.