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. 97, Warrensville Heights
Warrensville Heights has produced three Ohio State players that appeared on 10 Ohio State rosters. The first player from the Tigers was Darnell Sanders who joined the Buckeyes in 1997. Sanders spent five years in Columbus and played tight end. He finished his Ohio State career with 418 receiving yards and 7 touchdowns. Sanders was selected by the Browns in the fourth round of the 2002 NFL Draft. He played three seasons in the NFL.
In 1999, LB Michael Willis was listed on Ohio State's roster. That was the first and only time the Warrensville Heights' alum appeared.
David Patterson was the third player from Warrensville Heights to make Ohio State's roster. The defensive tackle was in Columbus between 2003 and 2006. Patterson saw extensive playing time in 2005 and 2006 and collected 46 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss and 4.0 sacks during that two-year span.
The Falcons signed Patterson as an undrafted free agent in 2007. He stayed with Atlanta through 2008. In 2012, he was on Beverly's Full House, with his model wife Anansa Sims. The show had eight episodes and aired on the Oprah Winfrey Network.
Back To School
Warrensville Heights is located in Cuyahoga County and competes in the Lake Erie League. The football team currently competes in Division V, Region 17. The program has hit some hard times at the Tigers have not had a winning season since 2007. That's 11 straight seasons of losing football.
Warrensville Heights has one state title. In 2000, the boys' basketball team won the state championship.
Arsenio Hall graduated from Warrensville Heights in 1973. He then attended Kent State before moving to Chicago and Los Angeles to start his television and movie career.
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.
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