Minus Ohio State, who netted the best hauls from Ohio on Signing Day?

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Trotwood-Madison’s Antwan Gilbert has rushed for over 2,500 yards the last two seasons. He’s headed to Toledo.

It’s a given that Ohio State is always going to have the strongest class
of native Ohioans
on Signing Day. When you add nearly 100-percent of
the state’s Top 10 recruits annually to your roster, any competition
tends to be for second place
. And that’s what we’re looking at…


It’s a given that Ohio State is always going to have the strongest class of native Ohioans on Signing Day. When you add nearly 100-percent of the state’s Top 10 recruits annually to your roster, any competition tends to be for second place. And that’s what we’re looking at…

Minus Ohio State, what other programs added the most Ohio talent to their roster on Signing Day this year. Basically, who is going to get the biggest boost from Buckeye State guys in this class.

Below are our Top 5.

You can rule out Minnesota, Penn State or Purdue. Those three Big Ten schools didn’t get ONE recruit from Ohio.

Here’s who did…

5. MICHIGAN STATE

2011 Ohio Recruits
Donovan Clark, OL, Finneytown (Michigan State)
Connor Cook, QB, Walsh Jesuit (Michigan State)
Joel Heath, LB, Mount Healthy (Michigan State)
Roger Williamson, WR, Dayton Dunbar (Michigan State)

SMALL BUT PROFITABLE: The Spartans only signed four Ohio players but they are all among the Top 40 overall prospects in Ohio according to ScoutingOhio.com. Cook (ranked No. 40) didn’t put up impressive numbers, but looks impressive on tape.  Williamson (No. 23) choose the Spartans over 22 other offers and Clark (No. 12) choose MSU over USC. Heath (No. 31) choose the Spartans over rival Michigan.

4. INDIANA

2011 Ohio Recruits

Cody Latimer, WR/DB, Dayton Jefferson (Indiana)
Jay McCants, WR, Princeton (Indiana)
Mark Murphy, DB, Akron SVSM (Indiana)
Mike Replogle, LB, Centerville (Indiana)
Zack Shaw, LB, Coshocton (Indiana)
David Kaminski, OL, Strongsville (Indiana)
Shane Wynn, WR, Glenville (Indiana)

OHIO HIGH:
Despite a turnover at head coach, the Hoosiers still landed several solid players from Ohio that could make immediate impacts. Shaw has a chance to become a special player, and the receiving trio of Latimer, McCants and Wynn is the best threesome of Ohio WRs on anyone’s signing day release. 

3. CINCINNATI

2011 Ohio Recruits

Rodriguez Coleman, WR, LaSalle (Cincinnati)
Patrick Coyne, QB, Badin (Cincinnati)
AJ Fleak, K, Big Walnut (Cincinnati)
Percy Johnson, LB, Kenston (Cincinnati)
Brandon Mitchell, DL, Withrow (Cincinnati)
Max Morrison, WR, Kenton (Cincinnati)
Justin Murray, OL, Sycamore (Cincinnati)
Akise Teague, RB, Ursuline (Cincinnati)
Shaq Washington, ATH, Maple Heights (Cincinnati)
Chad West, DE, Perry (Cincinnati)
Eric Ernst, P, McNicholas (Cincinnati)
Kevin Hyland, LB, Elder (Cincinnati)
Matt Staubach, TE, McNicholas (Cincinnati)
Kirk Willis, LS, Granville (Cincinnati)

ON POINT: Chew on this…in Morrison (nation’s leading receiver), Teague (Mr. Football) and Washington (two-time state finalist), the Bearcats added over 8,000 yards of offense and 106 TDs to their roster. And that’s just what that trio did as seniors. Coyne, a dual-threat QB who had a stellar junior year before being injured as a senior, is somewhere smiling. Getting Ernst, Hyland, Staubach and Willis to walk-on is a coup.

2. MICHIGAN

2011 Ohio Recruits:

Greg Brown, DB, Fremont Ross (Michigan)
Tamani Carter, DB, Pickerington Central (Michigan)
Keith Heitzman, DE, Hilliard Davidson (Michigan)
Jack Miller, OL, Toledo St. John’s (Michigan)
Antonio Poole, LB, Winton Woods (Michigan)
Chris Rock, DE, Columbus DeSales (Michigan)
Frank Clark, ATH, Glenville (Michigan)

GO BLUE:
There aren’t many recruiting rankings that Michigan is going to show up high in. In fact, this might be the lone one. That being said, new head coach Brady Hoke did a good job in his native state. It’s no a secret Bigfoot was sighted more times than Michigan’s defense last year and Hoke addressed the issue by signing 12 (out of 20 recruits) to that side of the ball. Six of those guys are from Ohio and three are from Columbus. Don’t think they won’t be extra-amped for the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Brown isn’t quite Charles Woodson but he is from the same high school. Carter could be a real sleeper and Heitzman and Rock provide athleticism off the edge. Clark, Poole and Miller all have the chance to be special as well.

1. TOLEDO

2011 Ohio Recruits:

Kyle Cameron, OL, Toledo Central Catholic (Toledo)
Chris Dukes, DB, Colerain (Toledo)
Gabe Gilbert, ATH, Clyde (Toledo)
Noah Key, DB, Hartley (Toledo)
Collin Perchinske, OL, Padua Franciscan (Toledo)
Antwan Gilbert, Trotwood-Madison (Toledo)
Robert Walton Jr., RB, Glenville (Toledo)
Justin Olack, WR, Massillon Washington (Toledo)
J.D. Detmer, K, Hilliard Davidson (Toledo)
Keenen Gibbs, DL, LaSalle (Toledo)
John James, DB, John Adams (Toledo)
Eddie Norrils, DB, Toledo St. John’s (Toledo)
Andre Sturdivant, LB, Glenville (Toledo)

HOLY TOLEDO:
The Rockets got rich. And the better of Penn State? And Michigan? And Pitt? In a recruiting coup, Toledo delivered a huge singing day shocker when Sturdivant picked the Rockets over the Nittany Lions. His commitment was icing on the cake for Toledo and one factor that elevated the Rockets ahead of the Wolverines in this poll. Another was the addition of Olack, who had originally committed to Pitt. At RB Toledo signed the state’s best senior prospect in Gilbert (over 2,500 yards and 32 TDs each of the last two years). They also netted Key, who ran for 2,885 yards and 44 TDs himself last season. Key will be utilized on defense. Detmer is a solid kicking prospect (36-of-46 field goals and 131-of-135 on PATs in high school). Norrils could become a superstar. Overall, of the 13 Ohio kids to sign with Toledo, seven have been invited to play in the Big 33 and North-South games.

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