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August 28, 2019 at 6:30am
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St. Ignatius

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. 3, Cleveland St. Ignatius

Qualification

19 players from St. Ignatius have been listed on 63 Ohio State rosters.

C LeCharles Bentley (1998-01) won many awards during his final year with the team. In 2001, Bentley was named the Ohio State Offensive Player of the Year, was the Rimington Award winner, an All-American and All-Big Ten player. He was also named the team's Offensive Lineman of the Year as a sophomore and junior.

The Saints selected Bentley in the second round of the 2002 NFL Draft. He was Sports Illustrated's Offensive Rookie of the Year and was named to two Pro Bowl's during his NFL career.

At St. Ignatius, Bentley was a three-year starter and an All-Ohioan. Was considered Ohio's best offensive line prospect as a senior.

WR Anthony Gonzalez (2003-06) was talented on and off of the field. Gonzalez was an All-Big Ten selection and an Academic All-American in 2006. He was also on the Academic All-Big Ten team in 2004, 2005 and 2006.

Ted Ginn Jr. and Santonio Holmes received many of the accolades during Gonzalez' time with the team, but Gonzalez was also a talented receiver that defenses had to account for. His incredible leaping catch in the 2005 version of The Game enable the Buckeyes to get the winning score with 37 seconds remaining on the clock. The Colts took Gonzalez in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft.

In high school, Gonzalez was an All-Ohioan and The Plain Dealer's Co-Defensive Player of the Year. He finished his senior season with 71 receptions for 1,873 yards and 21 touchdowns. 

DT Dre'mont Jones (2015-18) closed out his Buckeye career as an All-American and All-Big Ten player. He started in the second game of his freshman season and was a starter in 37 of the 39 games he played in. In 2018, Jones was the first defensive lineman in Ohio State history to score two touchdowns in the same season. The only defensive linemen in Buckeye history to start 10 or more games as a freshman are Dan Wilkinson, Luke Fickell and Jones.

The Broncos selected Jones in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

Jones was an All-Ohioan who only played two years of high school football. He had 47 tackles, 21 tackles-for-loss, 4 sacks and 4 forced fumbles as a senior.

St. Ignatius Buckeyes
No. POS PLAYER YEARS OHIO STATE CAREER HS CAREER
12 QB JOE PICKENS 1990-91 Was a drop-back passer with roll-out ability, played in 3 games in 1991 and completed 1 pass for 34 yards. Won 2 state titles and went 27–0 during his last two seasons.
65 OL JUAN PORTER 1992-96 3-year starting center and captain of the 1996 team, his cousin is Eric Gohlstin.  All-Ohioan and went 14–0 as a senior.
97 DL JOHN DAY 1993-97 Was Mike Vrabel's backup for 2 seasons and Matt Finkes for one, played in 22 games during his career and had 1 tackle as a senior. Had 23 sacks and was an honorable mention USA Today All-American.
50 OL ERIC GOHLSTIN 1994-97 Started 2 years at right tackle and was an All-Big Ten center in 1997. The Wildcats went 28–0 and won 2 state titles his junior and senior seasons, was an All-Ohioan and All-American.
69 OT JIM MASSEY 1997-01 Played in 5 games for 13 minutes in 1999. All-Cleveland player who started for 3 years.
68 C LeCHARLES BENTLEY 1998-01 See above. See above.
62 OT JOHN McLAUGHLIN 2001-04 Walk-on who was a 2x Academic All-Big Ten (2002, 2004) player Only played as a senior and started at tackle and guard on a state championship team.
51 OG MIKE BOGART 2002 Nothing listed. Nothing listed.
52 OL MIKE KNE 2002-04 Started his career at Fordham, transferred to Ohio State in 2001, on the roster and saw extensive playing time from 2002-04. Played defense for 3 seasons before becoming a starter on the offensive line, won a state title as a senior.
59 OL JOHN CONROY 2002-05 2002 Academic All-Big Ten, walked-on in 2002 to follow in his dad footsteps, saw his first game action in 2004 on the FG unit. Played for 2 seasons and started at tackle, also was a 4-year letterman in lacrosse.
11 WR ANTHONY GONZALEZ 2003-06 See above. See above.
33, 52 LB JOHN KERR 2004-06 Played for Indiana in 2002, transferred to OSU in 2003, recorded 40 tackles and 1.5 TFL loss with the Buckeyes. 2x All-Ohioan won 2 state titles (soph. / senior) and was the Defensive Player of the Year as a senior.
35 FB RYAN FRANZINGER 2004-06 Had 1 carry for 4 yards against Illinois in 2005. All-District at FB/LB as a senior, won state championship in 1999 and 2001, won state title in the shot put as a junior.
38 LB SCOTT McVEY 2010 Nothing listed. All-Ohioan as a junior and senior, Plain Dealer Defensive Player of the Year in 2008. 
33, 18 DB NIK SARAC 2011-14 Nothing listed. Played 3 years for St. Ignatius, lettered 3 years in track, has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.
89 TE BLAKE THOMAS 2012 Nothing listed. 49 catches for 506 yards and 8 TDs during his final 2 years of HS football. 
44, 39 LB KYLE BERGER 2014-15 Had multiple knee injuries and left the team after the 2015 season with a medical hardship waiver Did not play his senior season due to a knee injury, considered one of the top defensive players in Ohio as a junior.
63 OL KEVIN WOIDKE 2015-18 Walked-on in 2015, 2017 Academic All-Big Ten. Played 4 years with the Wildcats, 
86 DL DRE'MONT JONES 2015-18 See above. See above.
Back To School

St. Ignatius is located in Cuyahoga County and is independent in sports. The team competes in Division I, Region 1. The Wildcats went 8–2 in the regular season last year. They hosted St. Edward in the first round of the playoffs and lost 21-19.

The football program has an Ohio record 11 state titles, including a state record five consecutive championships between 1991 and 1995. The Wildcats also won six titles in seven years between 1989 and 1995.

Notable

St. Ignatius has won 41 state championships. The football program's 11 state championships (2011, 2008, 2001, 1999, 1995, 1994, 1993, 1992, 1991, 1989, 1988) are the most in the school, soccer has eight (2016, 2015, 2014, 2011, 2010, 2008, 2005, 2004), hockey has seven (2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2014, 2010, 2000), rugby has five (2019, 2018, 2017, 2015, 2014), cross county has four (2015, 2009, 1994, 1993), baseball (2019, 2002) and track (2016, 2001) have two, and basketball (2001) and wrestling (1988) each have one.

Famous Alumni

Famous names you may know: NFL players Jacob Bell, Brian Dowling (inspiration for B.D. in Doonesbury), Dan Fox, Chris Hovan, Brian Hoyer, Oliver Luck (Andrew Luck's dad), Scott Mutryn, Dave Ragone and Jake Ryan, MLB players Mike Buddie, Derek Dietrich, Luke Farrell (son of John), Mike Hegan (tv and radio announcer for the Indians), Matt Kata, Nick Margevicius and Garry Roggenburk, Indians' owner Larry Dolan, Indians' fan John "The Drummer" Adams, Colorado Rockies' tv and radio announce Jack Corrigan, MLS players Justin Morrow and Barry Rice, Broadway actor Rory O'Malley, comedian Dave Hill and actor Jack Riley (The Bob Newhart Show, Spaceballs, Rugrats).

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...HOOVER 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...COLERAIN 18...ST. XAVIER 17...DeSALES 16...WESTERVILLE SOUTH 15...ST. EDWARD 14...HUBER HEIGHTS WAYNE 13...WATTERSON 12...UPPER ARLINGTON 11...MASSILLON WASHINGTON
10...WARREN G HARDING 9...CANTON McKINLEY 8...DUBLIN COFFMAN 7...St. Vincent-St. Mary 6...CENTERVILLE 5...EASTMOOR 4...MIDDLETOWN 3...ST. IGNATIUS 2 1

2,832 days since Ohio State has not defeated That Team.
94 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.

Today, the Countdown is brought to you by Liam Gallagher's song, One Of Us. It was released this morning.

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