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February 2, 2011
One of the most talent-rich states in the country, Ohio remains one of the most heavily recruited states for the nation's top college football teams. In 2011, over 30 Division I teams raided the Buckeye state for players.
Ohio State continues to dominate in-state recruiting, finishing at the top of the OhioVarsity.com Top 20 Team Recruiting Rankings. The Buckeyes landed 14 prospects appearing in OhioVarsity.com's Top 20 rankings by position. The Buckeyes also landed four of OhioVarsity.com's No. 1 prospects by position, four times that of any other college program.
Huber Heights Wayne quarterback Braxton Miller, Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary defensive back Doran Grant, Westerville Central tight end Nick Vannett and Centerville defensive lineman Michael Bennett all signed with Ohio State and were ranked by OhioVarsity.com as the top player at their respective positions.
With two BCS berths in the past three seasons, Cincinnati has upped its recruiting profile in the Buckeye state. The Bearcats finished second in Ohio, landing 11 prospects in OhioVarsity.com's Top 20 by position, including No. 1 ranked running back Akise Teague out of Youngstown Ursuline High School. Teague also was named Ohio's Mr. Football for 2010.
Michigan continues to work hard in Ohio against their Big Ten rivals. The Wolverines landed seven of the top players in Ohio.
Rounding out the top 5 were Toledo, with eight of Ohio's Top 20 prospects by position, and Notre Dame with five of Ohio's top players.
Indiana and Alabama were the only other college programs to land a No. 1 player from Ohio. Indiana nabbed top wide receiver Cody Latimer of Dayton Jefferson and Alabama plucked Trey DePriest of Springfield South, the state's top linebacker, out of Ohio State's grasp.
The OhioVarsity.com Top 20 Team Recruiting Rankings were determined by the number of prospects each school signed from OhioVarsity.com's Top 20 Rankings by Position. For each No. 1 prospect signed, the team was awarded 20 points. Each No. 2 was worth 19 points, all the way down to each No. 20 prospect being worth 1 point.
Here's a look at the top 20 teams recruiting Ohio:
Key: TOP 20=number of Top 20 prospects signed; POINTS=total points; #1=number of top-ranked prospects signed.
Click here for the Ohio Varsity Top 20 Rankings by Position Index.