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July 27, 2019 at 9:30am
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Dublin Scioto

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. 35, Dublin Scioto

Qualification

Seven players from Dublin Scioto have been listed on 21 Ohio State rosters. The first Fighting Irish players to make it on the Buckeyes were cornerback Rolland Steele and running back Nick Goings. Steele was in Columbus for three seasons (1996-98) and was a back-up to Ahmed Plummer. Goings was on the team for two seasons (1996-97) before transferring to Pittsburgh. He was an undrafted free agent for the Panthers and played his entire NFL career (2001-08) with Carolina.

DB Greg Simpson (1997-99) found himself competing in a loaded defensive backfield during his time at Ohio State and the majority of his playing time was on special teams. At Scioto, Simpson played on offense, defense and returned punts and kickoffs. As a senior, he rushed for 1,627 yards and scored 26 touchdowns, recorded 59 tackles, four sacks and had 10 pass break-ups. He capped his high school career by scoring the game-winning touchdown and bringing down the game-ending interception in the 1995 Division II championship game. 

DE Jay Richardson (2002-06) was a starter for the first six games of the 2004 season, but injured his knee in practice and saw limited action the rest of the year. He split time with David Patterson in '05 before coming into his own during his fifth year senior season. Richardson played in all 13 games and recorded 25 tackles, 4 sacks, 8.5 tackles for loss and broke-up 7 passes. He was selected by the Raiders in the 5th round of the 2007 NFL Draft.

As a senior, Richardson had 73 tackles, with 43 of them being a tackle for loss. He also played tight end and led the OCC in receiving touchdowns. Richardson was an all-district basketball player and averaged 7.0 blocks per game.

DB/WR Taylor Rice (2009-12) came to Ohio State as a walk-on in 2008. He earned the first of his three varsity letters in 2010 and played in 31 games and recorded six tackles during his career. At Scioto, he was a three-year starter and was the team captain and team MVP his senior season. Rice was also an All-American and team captain of the lacrosse team.

LB Nick Conner (2015-17) had his time in Columbus dogged with injuries. He had two knee injuries during his first two years with Ohio State. Conner had his first game action against Bowling Green in 2016 and recorded three tackles. The injuries caught up to him and he was medically disqualified in the spring of 2018. Conner missed the second half of his senior season at Scioto with...a knee injury. 

RB Amari McMahon (2018) walked on in 2017 and made the roster in '18. He played wide receiver, basketball and track at Dublin Scioto. McMahon is majoring in biology and was Valedictorian of his graduating class. 

Back To School

Dublin Scioto is located in Franklin County and is a member of the Ohio Capital Conference. The team competes in Division 2, Region 8. The Fighting Irish went 7–3 last year. The last time they made the playoffs was 2016, the team traveled to Massillon Washington and won 31-21. Dublin Scioto then lost to New Albany, 31-7, in the second round. 

The football program won the state title in the school's inaugural season of 1995. 

Notable

Dublin Scioto has a total of four state championships. The lacrosse team has three (2003, 1999, 1997) and the football team has the one mentioned above. 

Famous Alumni

Famous names you may know: NFL players Bradley McDougald and Deji Olatoye, NHL player Sean Kuraly, MLS player Eric Brunner and 2005 Playmate of the Month, Tamara Witmer.

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...LOUISVILLE  99...URBANA 98...CAMBRIDGE 97...WARRENSVILLE HEIGHTS 96...COLUMBIAN 95...NEWARK CATHOLIC 94...VILLA ANGELA-ST. JOSEPH  93...AVON LAKE 92...DAYTON DUNBAR 91...STRONGSVILLE
90...PORTSMOUTH  89...MASSILLON PERRY 88...LAKEWOOD 87...AMHERST/MARION L. STEELE 86...WAPAKONETA 85...ROGER BACON 84...BEREA 83...WESTLAKE 82...COLDWATER 81...HOOVER
HOOVER (80) 79...READY 78...LAKE CATHOLIC 77...OLENTANGY 76...GROVE CITY 75...INDEPENDENCE 74...WESTERN RESERVE 73...GARFIELD 72...LAKOTA WEST 71...LOGAN
70...SOUTH 69...NORTHMONT 68...WESTERVILLE CENTRAL 67...MENTOR 66...FREMONT ROSS 65...HOWLAND 64...TOLEDO CENTRAL CATHOLIC 63...VALLEY FORGE 62..MEADOWDALE 61...MAUMEE
60...MARION PLEASANT 59...BRUSH 58...MIAMI TRACE 57...KENT ROOSEVELT 56...MARION FRANKLIN 55...LA SALLE 54...PIQUA 53...HAMILTON 52..TROTWOOD-MADISON 51...AKRON CENTRAL-HOWER
50...STEUBENVILLE 49...WALSH JESUIT 48...KENSTON 47...BEECHCROFT 46...MAYFIELD 45...BROOKHAVEN 44...PERKINS 43...ELYRIA 42...WOOSTER 41...ORVILLE
40...EUCLID 39...SANDUSKY 38...SOLON 37...PRINCETON 36...URSULINE 35...DUBLIN SCIOTO 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

2,799 days since Ohio State has not defeated That Team.
127 days until The Game.

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