We’ve crunched the numbers, and here are some of the interesting ones we came up with from Jim Tressel’s 11 Ohio State recruiting classes.
When in doubt, we went with the position listed on Ohio State’s official release, although some were listed as defensive ends, defensive tackles or generic defensive line, so we combined them all into one category. Same with cornerbacks and safeties: They are all considered defensive backs in this case. Additionally, some players list hometowns other than the city their school is in (or in some cases associated with), so we went with whatever was listed rather than defaulting back to the city of the school. For example, not everyone who went to St. Ignatius or St. Xavier has a hometown of Cleveland or Cincinnati.
Ohio State has signed 132 players from Ohio, or 60 percent
The position most-often listed for a Tressel recruit on signing day is defensive back, although not all 37 wound up on that side of the ball. Ted Ginn Jr. and Grant Schwartz eventually moved to wide receiver.
After defensive back, the defensive line position has produced the second-most signees with 33, followed by offensive line (29), wide receiver (22), running back (15), tight end (11) and quarterback (9).
A total of 24 Ohio cities, towns and villages have sent at least two recruits to Ohio State during Tressel’s tenure. After Cleveland, Cincinnati and Columbus are tied at seven apiece. Other notables are Canton (6), Dublin (5), Akron (5), Massillon (4), Youngstown (4) and Centerville (4).
With 24 signees, Florida has produced more future Buckeyes than any state other than Ohio. Pennsylvania is next with 14, followed by Georgia (8).
Tressel has found recruits in 20 states (total, if more than one, listed in parentheses): Ohio (131), Florida (24), Pennsylvania (14), Georgia (8), Michigan (6), Indiana (5), Illinois (4), Maryland (4), Texas (4), California (4), North Carolina (2), Kentucky (2), Minnesota (2), New Jersey (2), Virginia, South Carolina, Louisiana, Missouri, West Virginia and New York.
No city has produced as many future Buckeyes as Cleveland, a total of 19 that began climbing with Troy Smith in 2002. The 2006 Heisman Trophy winner is one of 17 Glenville High School products to sign with Ohio State.
Ten cities outside Ohio have produced multiple Tressel signees, led by Fort Lauderdale, Fla., with four players. The other nine - Atlanta, Ga.; Louisville, Ky.; Jeannette, Pa.; Monroeville, Pa.; Naples, Fla.; Orchard Lake, Mich.; Suwanee, Ga.; Pittsburgh, Pa.; and Washington, Pa., - all have a pair of signees apiece.
Seven players signed with the dual listing of defensive back and wide receiver. Two - Anthony Gonzalez and Brian Hartline - ended up on offense while the other five - Corey Brown (2009), Andre Amos, Malcolm Jenkins, Jamario O’Neal and Donald Washington - played defense.
Tressel’s respect for special teams is well-documented, and he has signed four players who were designated for contribution there: kickers Mike Nugent and Drew Basil, kicker/punter Ben Buchanan and long snapper Bryce Haynes.
The position with the fewest signees is fullback: Brandon Schnittker, Dionte Johnson and Aram Olson (In case you wondered, Zach Boren signed as a linebacker). Tressel also signed three players designated “athletes”: Troy Smith, Verlon Reed and Adam Griffin.
Two players signed as a running back/defensive back: Anderson Russell and Ira Guilford.
Two positional labels have been used one time each. Lamaar Thomas was listed as a running back/wide receiver, and Adam Homan was listed as a running back/linebacker.
**All numbers updated Thursday night after Chris Carter signed his letter of intent.
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