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. 29, Xenia
8 players from Xenia have been listed on 23 Ohio State rosters.
|No.||POS||PLAYER||YEARS||OHIO STATE CAREER||HS CAREER|
|63||LB||DOUG ADAMS||1970||See Below.||See Below.|
|50||OL||TONY PITSTICK||1970-72||Started the first game of his junior season and was a reserve the next two games. Missed the rest of the season with an injury and did not have any playing time his senior year.||All-Ohioan, looked up to Doug Adams.|
|82||WR||DAVID HAZEL||1971-74||See Below.||See Below.|
|94||LB||DAVID ADKINS||1974-76||A three year letterman who was a reserve linebacker and special teams player. Returned an interception for a touchdown and had 19 tackles his senior year.||An All-Ohioan his senior year.|
|38||FB||VAUGH BROADNAX||1980-82||See below.||See below.|
|27, 4||HB||EMMETT KEITH-JONES||1983-84||Played in 1 game for 1 minute during his two years on the Ohio State roster.||Could not find any information.|
|90||TE||DON MORRIS||1986||Was on one roster, but did not record any playing time||Could not find any information.|
|63||OL||BEN PERSON||2004-08||Earned four varsity letters and started at guard his junior and senior seasons.||Started 30 consecutive games earned All-League and All-Area honors.|
LB Doug Adams (1970) was a three year starter who was known for his punishing tackles. As a senior, he had 90 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, 1 interception, 9 passes broken up and 2 fumble recoveries. He was also a Captain of the 1970 team, an All-Big Ten player and selected by the Broncos in the 7th round of the 1971 NFL Draft. Adams was an All-Ohioan and All-American at Xenia.
WR David Hazel (1971-74) played in all 12 games and caught 11 passes for 272 yards and a touchdown during his senior season. Had four catches for 121 yards and a touchdown as a junior. Missed the 1972 season. The Colts selected Hazel in the 11th round of the 1975 NFL Draft. Hazel and his family lost their home during the Xenia tornado of 1974.
FB Vaughn Broadnax (1980-82) started 11 of the 12 games during his senior season and carried the ball 103 times for 514 yards and 9 TDs. He started 10 games at fullback as a junior and the blocking back averaged 3.7 yards per carry that season. At Xenia, he ran for 802 yards as a senior. As a wrestler, Broadnax was the Ohio AAA heavyweight champion as a senior and was runner-up his junior season.
Back To School
Xenia is located in Greene County and was in the Greater Western Ohio League from 2001-2019. Starting this fall, the team will compete in the Miami Valley League (HT/BuckCrazy94). The team competes in Division II, Region 8. The Buccaneers had their first winning season since 2014 by going 7–3 last year. Xenia has not made the playoffs since at least 1999.
Xenia has one state title. The boys' basketball team won in 1942.
The high school that was built in 1957 was destroyed by an F5 tornado on April 3, 1974. Xenia High School students attended Warner Middle School for three years as the new high school was being built.
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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