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Countdown: 52 Days Until Ohio State Football

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July 10, 2019 at 9:30am
Trotwood Madison

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. 52, Trotwood-Madison


Four players from Trotwood-Madison have been listed on 15 Ohio State rosters. Fullback William Houston (1989-93) was the first Ram to make an Ohio State roster. He spent his time on the team the No. 2 fullback behind Jeff Cothran. Houston was highly respected by the coaching staff as they knew if anything happened to Cothran, Houston was a devastating blocker and short-yardage runner. Houston led Trotwood-Madison to a 9–1 record his senior season. He was also 55–3 as a heavyweight wrestler. 

TE John Lumpkin (1994-1997) became the starting tight end as a senior after seeing considerable playing time throughout his career. The 6-8 Lumpkin gave his quarterbacks a large target to throw to. Was a highly-touted football and basketball player at Trotwood-Madison. As a freshman at Ohio State, Lumpkin earned a varsity letter with the basketball Buckeyes. His dad, John Sr., played for the Bears. 

S Cam Burrows (2013-16) originally came to Ohio State as a cornerback, but was switched to safety after his freshman season. Competed with Vonn Bell and Tyvis Powell for playing time, but injuries derailed his career. He broke his foot in October of 2015 and missed the entire 2016 season after another injury to his foot.  

Burrows was the first player to commit to the 2013 class and was an All-Ohioan as a junior and senior in high school. His play helped lead the Rams to three state title games and a perfect 15–0 season in 2011.

Major Zeigler was a walk-on wide receiver on the 1998 team. For those wondering about Will Allen, he did play for Trotwood-Madison, but transferred to Huber Heights Wayne for his senior season.

Back To School

Trotwood-Madison is located in Montgomery County and is a member of the Greater Western Ohio Conference. The team currently competes in Division III, Region 12. The Rams went 6–5 in 2018. Even though Trotwood-Madison dropped four games during the regular season, the team still made playoffs. They lost in the first round to host Wapakoneta, 24-21.

The Rams have made the playoffs every year since 2009 and won the state championship in 2011 and 2017. They were undefeated in 2011 after a second place finish in 2010. Other state runner-up seasons were 2012, 2013 and 2016.


Trotwood-Madison has a total of six state title in three sports. As mentioned above, the football team has two titles, the girls' track team has three (1995, 1984 and 1983) and the boys' basketball team took the title in 2019. 

Famous Alumni

Famous names you may know: NFL players Bam Bradley, Maurice Douglas, Nicholas Grigsby and Roy Roundtree and Olympic silver medalist LaVonna Martin. 

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

2,783 days since Ohio State has not defeated That Team.
143 days until The Game.

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