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
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.
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.
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.
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