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. 13, Watterson
15 players from Watterson have been listed on 37 Ohio State rosters.
LB Jason Bond (2000-03) walk-on who was a special teams standout. He played in 49 of 50 games and had 6 tackles as a senior. Through his hard work, Bond earned a scholarship. Played fullback and linebacker at Watterson and the team made it the quarterfinals his junior year.
LB Craig Fada (2012-16) a walk-on who was a four-year letterman and earned a scholarship in the summer of 2016. He played in 51 games and had 10 tackles and 0.5 TFL as a senior. Fada played linebacker and tight end for Watterson and was the Central District Defensive Player of the Year. The Eagles won the 2010 state championship with the help of the talented linebacker.
|No.||POS||PLAYER||YEARS||OHIO STATE CAREER||HS CAREER|
|5||DB||DANIEL SIVINSKI||1970||On the roster for 1 season as a sophomore. Did not see the field.||Nothing listed.|
|15||QB/HB||BILL BOYLE||1971-72||Played in 2 games as a QB and completed 1 pass for 9 yards.||Played QB at Watterson.|
|90||DT||DONTE BRAUN||1982||On the roster for 1 season and played in 3 games in 1982 and recorded 1 tackle.||Nothing listed.|
|79||DT||JOE GARBER||1984-86||Played in 1 game for 1 minute in 1986.||Nothing listed.|
|33||FB||MARK ROYER||1985||On the roster for 1 season, did not see the field.||Nothing listed.|
|58, 55||OC||TOM SCHOLL||1986-88||On the roster for 3 seasons, did not see the field.||Nothing listed.|
|28||K||MIKE PULSFORT||1996||On the roster for 1 season, did not see the field.||Nothing listed.|
|61||LS||KEVIN LOADMAN||1996-98||His first game was against Illinois in 1997.||3 varsity letters in football and 1 in wrestling.|
|68||OT||NICK SPIESS||1996-97||Played in 2 games for a total of 2 minutes in 2 seasons.||Nothing listed.|
|44||FB||COLLINS HUITGER||1997||On the roster for 1 season, did not see the field.||Nothing listed.|
|50||LB||NICK MITCHELL||1999||Walked-on to the team in the spring of 1998, made the roster in 1999, played in 1 game.||All-Ohioan as a senior.|
|91||LB||JASON BOND||2000-03||See above.||See above.|
|66||OL||ANDREW MOSES||2005-09||Started 1 game at LG against New Mexico State as a senior, 2x Academic All-Big Ten (2008-09)||State champion in 2002, All-Ohioan, captain of football and baseball teams, 2004 Dispatch Lineman of the Year.|
|62||DL||JON LORENZ||2009-11||Walked-on and made the roster in 2009.||Captain and All-District player who also played basketball.|
|38||LB||CRAIG FADA||2012-16||See above.||See above.|
Back To School
Watterson is located in Franklin County and is currently in the Central Catholic League. The team competes in Division III, Region 11. The Eagles went 5–5 last year, but finished the season with three-straight wins including a 21-14 victory over DeSales. 2015 was the last time Watterson made the playoffs.
Watterson does not have a football field and rents the field at Columbus North International School for home games.
Watterson has won 16 state titles.
Golf leads the way with five championships (2004, 1976, 1974, 1973, 1972) football has the four mentioned above, girls' field hockey (2009, 2005, 1995) and baseball (1997, 1991, 1988) have three and boys' basketball (2013) had one.
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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.
2,822 days since Ohio State has not defeated That Team.
104 days until The Game.
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If you like Ohio high school football, or want to read about the best teams of the '50s and '60s, you should check out Tim Raab's book: Powerhouses of Ohio High School Football.