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. 95, Newark Catholic
Newark Catholic has produced two Ohio State players that appeared on 10 Ohio State rosters. The first player from the Green Wave was Jeff Uhlenhake who joined the Buckeyes in 1984. During his five years in Columbus, he played guard, defensive tackle and center. Uhlenhake was selected by the Dolphins in the fifth round of the 1989 NFL Draft.
Today, Uhlenhake is on staff for the Buckeyes as a strength and conditioning coach. However, some people might remember him for his role in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.
Rob Kelly was the second player from Newark Catholic to make Ohio State's roster. The safety was in Columbus between 1992 and 1996 and was selected by the Saints in the second round of the 1997 draft by the Saints. His health has suffered since retiring from football.
Note, Columbian also had two players with 10 appearances on Ohio State's roster. However, Uhlenhake and Kelly beat out Alan Kline and Tony Eisenhard of the Tornadoes.
Back To School
Newark Catholic is located in Licking County and competes in the Licking County League. The football team currently competes in Division VI, Region 23. The football program has won eight Ohio High School Athletic Association State Championships (2007, 1991, 1987, 1986, 1985, 1984, 1982, 1978). That is good for third most in state history.
The school has won 27 state titles over five sports. The baseball team has a school best nine championships (2016, 2015, 2013, 2006, 2004, 2003, 2002, 1989, 1988). Girls' volleyball is tied for second with eight (2004, 1989, 1988, 1984, 1983, 1982, 1980, 1979). As mentioned above, the football team also has eight. The girls' track team (1987) and girls' basketball team (1984) each have one.
Famous names you may know: Besides the Buckeyes mentioned above, nobody of note.
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.
2,740 days since Ohio State has not defeated That Team.
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