The Most Recent Buckeyes From Each State

When offensive lineman Enokk Vimahi sent in his Letter Of Intent to Ohio State this month, he became the first Buckeye football player from Hawaii since punter Scott Terna in 1994.

And sophomore defensive tackle Tommy Togiai is the first player from Idaho to ever play for OSU.

They are just part of a trend of Ohio State recruiting nationally, and not just close to home.

The 2019 Buckeye team has players from 23 different states, from Hawaii to Florida, and New York to Nevada.

But there are 10 states that no Ohio State football player has ever come from – at least going back to 1960.

OSU head coach Ryan Day is a native of Manchester, New Hampshire. But there is no record of a scholarship player ever coming to the Buckeyes from that state.

The New England region isn’t exactly a high school football hotbed. So it’s probably not surprising that there has never been a Buckeye from Vermont or Rhode Island, either. And the only one from Maine was a walk-on.

Other places not exactly known for pumping out 5-star football talent, like Alaska, Montana, Wyoming, and North Dakota, also make the Zero OSU Players list.

But so does football-crazy Nebraska.

And OSU hasn’t had much luck pulling talent out of certain spots in the deep south.

No player has come to Columbus from Louisiana in more than a decade. It’s been close to 30 years since a player joined the Buckeyes from Mississippi, and nearly 40 years since they added someone from Alabama.

That doesn’t seem too crazy until you realize that more than 20 percent of OSU’s 2019 roster – 18 players – are from neighboring Florida, Georgia, and Texas.

A few notes: The players included in the search are those who appear on the official yearly rosters from Ohio State, and based on their listed hometowns. OSU’s online archives of rosters only goes back to 1960.

Recruiting was a much more regional game at that point. Only 11 players on that 1960 roster were from outside of Ohio, and 10 of them were from the neighboring states of Michigan, Indiana, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania.

So there likely aren’t many natives of Wyoming or Alaska hiding in the pre-1960 archives. But that 1960 team also included halfback Richard Haupt from Sumner, Iowa. He is the most recent Buckeye to come from the Hawkeye State.

Players listed below are the most recent scholarship players from that state or country, with the exceptions of Maine and Nigeria. The Buckeyes have had walk-ons from those places, but never a scholarship player.

Kevin Johnson was listed as a Washington, D.C. native on the 1996 roster, but a Maryland native in 1997. He is listed below, but the last full-time D.C. Buckeye was Marcus Spriggs in 1995.

OSU is currently recruiting several top prospects from the nation’s capitol in the 2020 class, so that could change in less than a year.

They already have commitments from 2020 recruits in Arizona and the state of Washington, places where they haven’t had a scholarship player since 2000 and 1998, respectively.

If you know of a player who we missed, please let us know where they’re from and when they played in the comments. And if you want to dig through the old rosters yourself, you can find the 1960 Ohio State football roster here. Then just change the year in the URL to find the one you want.

AlabamaWillie Salter (walkon)
Donte Wheat
ArizonaJoe Brown2000
ArkansasK.J. Hill2019
CaliforniaWyatt Davis
Chris Olave
ColoradoJoey O'Connor2012
ConnecticutScott Leach1983
DelawareCharles Hunter1979
District of ColumbiaKevin Johnson1996
FloridaDamon Arnette
Sevyn Banks
Marcus Crowley
Tyreke Johnson
Nicholas Petit-Frere
Binjimen Victor
Shaun Wade
GeorgiaSteele Chambers
Justin Fields
Antwuan Jackson
Harry Miller
Isaiah Pryor
HawaiiEnokk Vimahi2019
IdahoTommy Togiai2019
IllinoisTuf Borland2019
IndianaDawand Jones
Austin Mack
Pete Werner
Craig Young
IowaRichard Haupt1960
KansasJamie Sumner1995
KentuckySean Nuernberger2018
LouisianaNader Abdallah2008
MainePeter Gwilym (walkon)2014
MarylandBryson Shaw
Taron Vincent
Chase Young
MassachusettsCam Williams2015
MichiganJoshua Alabi2019
MinnesotaJashon Cornell2019
MississippiCraig Robinson1990
MissouriKamryn Babb
Cameron Brown
Jameson Williams
NevadaHaskell Garrett2019
New HampshireNone
New JerseyChris Chugunov
Tyler Friday
Jordan Fuller
Ronnie Hickman
Javontae Jean-Baptiste
New MexicoNone
New YorkBlake Haubeil
Matthew Jones
Jahsen Wint
North CarolinaJaden McKenzie2019
North DakotaNone
Ohio32 Players2019
OklahomaJosh Proctor2019
PennsylvaniaMarcus Hooker2019
Rhode IslandNone
South CarolinaMichael Hill2017
South DakotaGrant Schmidt2015
TennesseeCormontae Hamilton
Master Teague
Max Wray
TexasMatthew Baldwin
Baron Browning
J.K. Dobbins
Elijah Gardiner
Jeff Okudah
Garrett Wilson
UtahBranden Bowen2019
VirginiaTeradja Mitchell
K'Vaughan Pope
WashingtonKevin Griffin1998
West VirginiaR.J. Coleman2005
WisconsinJim Meckstroth1972
AustraliaCameron Johnston2016
CanadaMike Roberts2005
NigeriaChris Ntukogu (walkon)1988
South AfricaRyan Pretorius2008

5 Responses

    1. The NFL. Since there are other Michiganders on the 2019 team, they are “more recent” than he is.

  1. More players historically from Australia, Nigeria, and South Africa, than Vermont, Alaska and Montana? That’s a bit of a surprise. Also, it seems like there would be more current Buckeyes from PA than New Jersey – maybe Franklin has done a good job of building the “fence” around PA. Also, at first glance it says that Rutgers and Maryland could be really good if they ever got a solid coach – if you win, the recruits will come. Thanks for this, another day checked off until Spring football. Go Bucks!

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