State Rankings: Ohio

Adolphus Washington

Over 80 players from Ohio are set to sign with BCS schools this year. How did Scout rank the top players in the state? Here's a look along with what past top players are doing.

Storylines

  Wire to Wire
In our first meeting about the Ohio rankings, a debate was had over who should be number one. Brionte Dunn and Kyle Kalis were also considered as candidates, but we decided on Adolphus Washington and he was our cover to cover number one player in the state. Over the course of his senior season and into the Army All-American Bowl week, the Cincinnati Taft star strengthened our stance with his strong play. Now, he's not only number one in Ohio, but also the Midwest, and a top ten national guy. He can play outside, he may play some inside, but there is no doubting that he is a special talent.

  Many Staying Home
Ohio State really recruited the state hard this year and will likely finish with 14 signees from the state of Ohio, which happens to be the exact number they signed last year. The Buckeyes also picked up five of the top ten, inclding two players, Se'Von Pittman and Taylor Decker, who were committed to other schools. Ohio State wasn't the only school helping to build a fence around the state though. As of this writing, 81 players from the list were committed to in-state schools, and many uncommitted prospects are considering those in-state schools. The out of state school with the most Ohio commitments is Michigan with eight. Not to be outdone, in-state counterparts Michigan State and Eastern Michigan each have five.

  Diamonds in the Rough
Over the summer, more than a few Ohio guys caught our eyes as under the radar types. A few of them, notably, Terrell Jackson and Mark Meyers, have both gotten their due in the form of BCS scholarship offers. There are still a few out there that have a chance to make some noise down the line despite not having a lot of hype now. Pitt commit Darryl Render moved from the 70s earlier in the year to 36 in this final ranking and we like his ability to get to the quarterback. V'Angelo Bentley, who is uncommitted right now is another sleeper who should make some team happy. Guys who were affected by injury like Kaleb Ringer and LaTroy Lewis also have a chance to come back strong.

  MAC Steals
James Harrison, Ben Roethlisberger and others have gone from lightly recruited Ohio guys to MAC and NFL stars. Who are the next? We think a few MAC teams stole some guys this year. Terry Davis and Brandyn Cook (Miami-Ohio), Collin Michael (Buffalo), James Sanford (Bowling Green) and Quincy Jones (Eastern Michigan) are a few to watch. One deep sleeper we like is Cleveland Hay DE Chris Collins, committed to Toledo, but athletic enough to run down and cover kicks at 6'4, 270-lbs.

  NOTABLE NUMBERS
Four-Stars in Ohio:
21
Three-Stars: 63
BCS Commitments: 74
School With Most Commits: Ohio State (14)
High Schools With Most on List: Cleveland Glenville (7), Lakewood St. Edward (6), Pickerington Central (6), Toledo Whitmer (5)
Highest Non-BCS Commit: Terry Davis - Miami-Ohio (67)
Highest Non-D1 Commit: Dustin Ross - Yale (151)

Looking Back


2007
1. Ben Martin - Cincinnati LaSalle (Tenn)
Started 18 games in Tennessee career and is projected as a free agent in the NFL Draft.
2. Eugene Clifford - Cincinnati Colerain (Ohio State)
Transferred to Tennessee State and was a two year starter for the Tigers. Was not drafted in 2011.
3. Brandon Saine - Piqua (Ohio State)
All Big Ten selection as a senior and is currently with the Green Bay Packers.
4. Devon Torrence - Canton South (Ohio State)
Had 91 career tackles at Ohio State and signed with the Bengals practice squad, but was recently released.
5. Antonio Jeremiah - Hilliard Darby (Michigan State)
Has 17 carrer tackles (two for loss) for the Spartans .

OTHER NOTABLES: Boom Herron (7), Nate Oliver (8), Jordan Mabin (10), Dane Sanzenbacher (13), Greg Jones (26), B.J. Cunningham (34),
 



2008
1. Mike Adams - Dublin-Coffman (Ohio State)
2nd team All-Big Ten as a senior and projected as a 2nd Round draft choice.
2. DeVier Posey - Cincinnati LaSalle (Ohio State)
Despite being suspended for part of senior year, is projected as a 3rd-4th Round pick.
3. Kyle Rudolph - Cincinnati Elder (Notre Dame)
2nd Round pick by the Vikings and caught 26 passes and three TDs as a rookie.
4. Jake Stoneburner - Dublin Coffman (Ohio State)
Has 37 receptions and nine touchdowns in three seasons with the Buckeyes.
5. Kevin Koger - Toledo Whitmer (Michigan)
Had nine career touchdowns for the Wolverines and is projected as a possible late round pick this year.

OTHER NOTABLES: Michael Shaw (9), D.J. Woods (19), Isaiah Pead (24), Roy Roundtree (28), Johnny Adams (32), Jerel Worthy (34), Whitney Mercilus (36), Patrick Omameh (53),
 


2009
1. Marcus Hall - Cleveland Glenville (Ohio State)
Made one start as a true freshman, but redshirted in 2010 and was suspended for part of 2011.
2. Johnny Simon- Cardinal Mooney (Ohio State)
All Big Ten 1st team in 2011 after recording seven sacks and 15 tackles for loss.
3. Melvin Fellows - Garfield Heights (Ohio State)
Career derailed by injuries.
4. C.J. Barnett - Clayton Northmont (Ohio State)
An injury kept him out for 2010, but was an emerger at safety for the Buckeyes in 2011.
5. Jamie Wood - Pickerington Central (Ohio State)
Appeared in every game for the Buckeyes in 2011.
 



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