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August 11, 2019 at 9:30am
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Gahanna

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. 20, Gahanna Lincoln

Qualification

10 players from Gahanna have been listed on 28* Ohio State rosters.

DE Jonathon Cooper (2016-present) Through his junior season, Cooper has played in 25 games and has recorded 47 tackles, 10.5 TFL, 5.5 sacks and recovered two fumbles. He was named to the Academic All-Big Ten Team in 2017 and 2018.  

An All-Ohioan, USA Today's Defensive Player of the Year for Ohio, and a five-star recruit as a senior.

Gahanna Buckeyes
No. POS PLAYER YEARS OHIO STATE CAREER HS CAREER
3 DB/LB TED HALL 1978-79 Did not see the field as a Buckeye. The Lions went 37–3 with Hall on the team. All-Ohioan safety who had 15 career INTs. He also caught a school record 30 passes as a senior.
18 WR/HB TIMOTHY O'CAIN 1978-81 Played in 4 games, had 5 carries for 43 yards and a TD. Also had 2 receptions for 7 yards. No information given.
64 OL STEVEN DeCAMP 1979-80 Played in 1 game in 1979. All-Ohioan at OT, started every game as a sophomore at the age of 14. Started in the 1976 state championship game.
91, 66 DT/OL KARL COLES 1985-88 Played in 20 games, started 8 games in 1987 after Jeff Davidson broke his leg. Only played in 1 game as a senior. Played for Eastmoor as a freshman and sophomore before transferring to Gahanna.
60 LB DON DAVIS 1989 Graduated high school early to enroll at Ohio State in the spring of 1989. Was not on the team in 1990. All-Ohioan who had a school record 185 tackles as a senior. He finished HS with a Gahanna record 325 career tackles. First commit of the 1989 class.
41 K JONATHAN SKEETE 2004 Made the roster as a freshman, but was removed from the team after getting arrested for trafficking marijuana in the spring of 2005. All-Ohio kicker who had an academic scholarship to Northwestern. Committed to Ohio State when football scholarship was offered.
57 OL CHRIS MALONE 2007-10 Reserve lineman who was known for his work on scout teams. All-District and All-Dispatch player. Captain of the team and also won the Golden Lion and Archie Griffin Sportsmanship awards. 
91, 57 DL STEWART SMITH 2009-12 Walked-on in 2009 and saw playing time on special teams. Played in 6 games and had 1 tackle as a senior. Gahanna made the playoffs in 4 straight seasons and led the defensive line in tackles and sacks. 
15 DB CAMERON HOWARD 2015-16 Walked-on as a junior in 2015. Did not record a tackle in 2 seasons on the team. Played football, basketball and track for the Lions.
18 DE JONATHON COOPER 2016-Today See above. See above.

*Note, Gahanna's roster count will increase to 29 after Cooper completes the 2019 season.

Back To School

Gahanna is located in Franklin County and is currently in the Ohio Capital Conference. The team competes in Division I, Region 2. The Lions went 5–5 in the regular season last year. They traveled to Olentangy Liberty in the first round and lost, 14-7. 

Notable

Gahanna has won 5 state titles. Girls' track and field has two (2018, 2015), boys' track and field has two (2009, 1979) and boys' soccer has one (2009).

The Ed Rarey Track and Field Complex surrounds the football field. The complex is named after Ed Rarey who was the Lions' head track coach for more than 60 years.

Famous Alumni

Famous names you may know: The Buckeyes listed above and a couple of guys that make this site possible.

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
80...HOVER 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...BENEDICTINE 33...CARDINAL MOONEY 32...THOMAS WORTHINGTON 31...HILLIARD DAVIDSON
30...IRONTON 29...XENIA 28...ELDER 27...BOARDMAN 26...PICKERINGTON CENTRAL 25...ST. HENRY 24...SHAKER HEIGHTS 23...GLENOAK 22...ARCHBISHOP ALTER 21...LANCASTER
20...GAHANNA 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11
10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

2,815 days since Ohio State has not defeated That Team.
111 days until The Game.

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