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Countdown: 50 Days Until Ohio State Football

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July 12, 2019 at 9:35am

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. 50, Steubenville


Five players from Steubenville have been listed on 16 Ohio State rosters. Offensive guard, David Medich as the first Big Red player to make a Buckeye roster. He played for Ohio State between 1977 and 1981. He was reserve player in Columbus who earned two varsity letters. At Steubenville, Medich an All-Ohioan at tackle and booted a 40-yard field goal to defeat rival Warren 3-0.

LB Charles Keenan (1985-88) saw limited action in 1987 and 1988. He had 11 tackles and 1 tackle for loss over those two seasons. As a member of the Big Red football team, Keenan led the squad to a state title as a senior. He was named the Ohio AA Lineman of the Year and was also had a career 87-2 record as a wrestler. Keenan won the state heavyweight title as a senior. Not only was he successful as an athlete, Keenan was his class valedictorian with a 4.00 grade point average. 

WR Buster Tillman (1992-95) was Joey Galloway's back up for several seasons. He finished his Buckeye career with 88 receptions for 1,277 yards and 4 touchdowns. As a senior in 1995, Tillman had 538 receiving yards and averaged an impressive 17.9 yards per catch.

As a member of the Big Red, Tillman was an All-Ohioan after catching 40 passes for 713 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior. He also pulled down 8 interceptions. Today, Tillman is a real estate agent in the Columbus area.

DE Brad Reid (1993) and DB Najee Murray (2012) were each on one Ohio State roster. Murray was a highly-touted safety, but was released from the team before the start of the 2013 season. He transferred to Kent State where he played through 2016 and accumulated 100 tackles, 2 interceptions and recovered 4 fumbles.

Back To School

Steubenville is located in Jefferson County and is a member of the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference. The team completes in Division IV, Region 13. The Big Red finished last year's regular season with a 9–1 record and made it to the second round of the playoffs. 

The program has made the playoffs for 18 straight seasons and won the state championship in 2017, 2006 and 2005 with a perfect 15–0 record. They were state runner-up in 2016, 2015 and 2008.


In 2012, Steubenville was in the news for all of the wrong reasons. The rape case made national news and became the subject of a documentary titled, Roll Red Roll.   

Famous Alumni

Famous names you may know: Outland Trophy winner Calvin Jones, NFL players Don Joyce and Johnny Wilson, MLB players Paul Hoover, Eddie Kazak, Moses Fleetwood Walker and Weldy Walker, Boston College women's basketball coach Sylvia Crawley and some guy named Dean 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

2,785 days since Ohio State has not defeated That Team.
141 days until The Game.

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