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. 58, Miami Trace
Four players from Miami Trace have been listed on 14 Ohio State rosters. Art Schlichter was the first, best and most notorious Panther to make an Ohio State roster. The Buckeyes won two Big Ten titles with Schlichter behind center. He was a captain of the 1981 team and earned All-Big Ten in 1981 and 1979. The Colts selected him with the fourth pick of the 1982 NFL Draft.
Schlichter was Woody Hayes' last starting quarterback and the Miami Trace alum rewrote Ohio State's passing records. Something you may not know is that he earned a varsity letter for Buckeye basketball team during his freshman year.
During his 3.5 years as Miami Trace's quarterback, the Panthers never lost a game. Schlichter threw for completed 264 passes for 4.397 yards and 46 touchdowns in high school. Unfortunately, his off the field actions erase all of the success he had on the field...and then some.
Glen Cobb was a hard-hitting linebacker who played for Ohio State from 1979 to 1982. He was a two-time captain and obvious leader of the defense. He played offensive tackle and linebacker at Miami Trace. With Cobb on the team, the Panthers went 38–2.
David Andrews was a walk-on tight end who made the Buckeyes' roster in 2001 and 2002. He was not on the team in 2003.
Nathan Williams arrived at Ohio State as an All-Ohioan and the district player of the year for Miami Trace during his junior and senior seasons. He also earned varsity letters in basketball and track. Williams left the Buckeyes after five seasons and four varsity letters. He overcame a serious knee injury that cost him all but one game of his junior season.
When his Ohio State career was over, Williams played in 45 games, with 20 starts, and had 25.0 tackles-for-loss, 12 sacks and 135 tackles. The Buckeyes won two Big Ten titles with him on the team including Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl victories. In Williams' final season, Ohio State finished with a perfect 12–0 record.
Back To School
Miami Trace is located in Fayette County and is a member of the Frontier Athletic Conference. The team currently competes in Division III, Region 11. The Panthers went 2–8 in 2018. The last time they made the playoffs was 2014. Miami Trace traveled to Archbishop Alter in the first round and lost, 49-7.
Miami Trace's FFA chapter is considered one of the best in Ohio.
Famous names you may know: The Buckeyes mentioned above.
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.
2,777 days since Ohio State has not defeated That Team.
149 days until The Game.
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