Recruiting is said to be the lifeblood of college football. This series will countdown the top 1000000 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. 59, Brush
Four players from Brush have been listed on 14 Ohio State rosters. The first Arcs' player to make an Ohio State roster was running back Mike Gaffney. He was on the roster as a sophomore and junior, but never cracked the two-deep for the 1971 and 1972 squads. Gaffney was not on the 1973 roster.
Jim Laughlin (1976-79) started his Buckeye career as a fullback and defensive end before landing his spot as a linebacker. He was the Team MVP, co-captain and named to the All-Big Ten team his senior year. The Falcons drafted Laughlin in the fourth round of the 1980 NFL Draft. At Brush, he earned a total of nine varsity letters in football, basketball and baseball.
Roy Hall came to Ohio State in 2002 after earning first-team all-state honors in football and basketball with the Arcs. He finished his senior year in high school with 62 catches for 700 yards. Hall redshirted during the '02 championship season, but saw playing time in every game from his redshirt freshman season through 2006. Hall finished his Ohio State career with 52 receptions for 580 yards and 3 touchdowns.
The Colts selected Hall in the fifth round of the 2007 NFL Draft. Today, he is a motivational speaker and president/co-founder of the Driven Foundation. His organization has provided over 85,000 pounds of food to 6,500 Central Ohio families as well providing mentorship programs to schools around Columbus.
The last Brush player to on the Buckeyes to date was TE Marcel Frost (2003-05). He was a teammate of Hall's with the Arcs and was coveted for his size, speed, versatility and athleticism. When he arrived in Columbus, Frost began on the defensive line. Following a redshirt season, he was moved to tight end.
In 2005, Frost played in 9 games and caught 7 passes for 70 yards. That would be the only time he saw the field at Ohio State. In August of 2006, Frost transferred to Jackson State after he was suspended from the Buckeyes.
Back To School
Lyndhurst Brush is located in Cuyahoga County and is a member of the Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference. The team currently competes in Division II, Region 5. The Arcs went 4–6 in 2018. The last time they made the playoffs was 2017. Brush hosted, and defeated, Hudson by a score of 43-23 in the first round. The run ended in week two as Hoban housed the Arcs 49-0.
The high school was constructed in 1927. Thanks to the help of General Electric engineers from NELA Park, Korb Field became the brightest nighttime football in the country. The guys from GE hooked the stadium up with experimental mercury floodlights and lit up the night.
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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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