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Countdown: 42 Days Until Ohio State Football

Matt Gutridge's picture
July 20, 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. 42, Wooster


Five players from Wooster have been listed on 19 Ohio State rosters. Kirk Jones was the first General to become a Buckeye. He was only listed on the roster for his sophomore season in 1970.  

OL Mike Huddelston (1987-91) was a reserve lineman for Ohio State during his time in Columbus. He saw action as a guard and center along the offensive line. He missed the 1987 with the Buckeyes because he injured his knee during the state playoffs at Wooster. Huddelston was the Ohio Lineman of the Year during his senior year at Wooster. 

LB Matt McCoy (1990-92) and QB/WR Ben Kacsandi (2004-2008) were career reserve players. Information on these players was limited. Kacsandi was listed as a quarterback between 2004 and 2007. He was switched to wide receiver for his senior season.

RB Joe Gantz (2006-09) was a hard-working tailback who also played special teams. He had a total of 8 carries for 12 yards during his Ohio State career. At Wooster, Gantz was voted the Ohio Cardinal Conference Offensive Player of the Year and was a second team All-Ohioan. He was also an All-American and All-Ohioan in lacrosse.

Back To School

Wooster is located in Wayne County and is a member of the Ohio Cardinal Conference. The team competes in Division II, Region 7. The Generals went 8–2 in the regular season last year and made the playoffs. They traveled to Wadsworth and lost 38-42 in the first round.


Wooster's boys' golf team has the school's only state title (1980) in sports.

The Speech and Debate team has won four state championships (2015, 2006, 2002, 2001). The program has appeared 63 times in national speech and debate tournaments...the most of any school in the nation. 

Famous Alumni

Famous names you may know: NFL player Marquise Blair. He attended Utah and was selected by the Seahawks in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft. (HT BuckeyeDropout)

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

2,793 days since Ohio State has not defeated That Team.
133 days until The Game.

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