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Countdown: 61 Days Until Ohio State Football

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July 1, 2019 at 9:30am

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. 61, Maumee


Five players from Maumee have been listed on 14 Ohio State rosters. The first Panther to make Ohio State's roster was fullback James Coburn. He was a reserve player during his time in Columbus and finished his career with 27 carries for 100 yards and 3 touchdowns. At Maumee, Coburn scored five touchdowns in a game and was the captain of the wrestling team.

LB Kevin Olman (1979-81) was a reserve linebacker for the Buckeyes. He was a captain of the football and track teams at Maumee and made 31 of 34 extra points during his senior year. 

Matt LaVrar (1995-99) started his Ohio State career as a linebacker, but switched to defensive end after his redshirt freshman season. He earned Academic All-Big Ten honors four times. As a Panther, LaVrar was a first-team All-Ohio player and was named the Division II Defensive Player of the Year.

C Mike Jacobs (1998-01) and OL Drew Parry (2004-05) were walk-ons for the Buckeyes. Jacobs earned a scholarship at the start of his junior season.

Back To School

Maumee is located in Lucas County and is a member of the Northern Lakes League. The team currently competes in Division III, Region 10. The Panthers went defeated in 2018, 0-10, and the last time the program made the playoffs was 2010. They traveled to Avon Lake and won 20-13 in the first round, but lost to Olmsted Falls, 56-28, in round two.


Maumee is one of four high schools that has a Heisman Trophy on display. Alum Dick Kazmaier donated the Heisman he won at Princeton in 1951 to the school.

Famous Alumni

Famous names you may know: MMA fighter Michael Graves, actor Robert Knepper and Southern California radio personality Steve Mason

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. 

Top 100 Ohio High Schools
100 99 98 97 96 95 94 93 92 91
90 89 88 87 86 85 84 83 82 81
80 79 78 77 76 75 74 73 72 71
70 69 68 67 66 65 64 63 62 61
60 59 58 57 56 55 54 53 52 51
50 49 48 47 46 45 44 43 42 41
40 39 38 37 36 35 34 33 32 31
30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21
20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11
10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

2,774 days since Ohio State has not defeated That Team.
152 days until The Game.

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