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With the Plain Dealer doing their countdown of the top 50 high school players of all time I figured I would do just a small comparison to what the Cincy Enquirer did back in 1999 when they released an all-century team.
Obviously it isnt exactly the same because the Enquirer did just 22 players and it was 14 years ago but it gives us a pretty good idea where the top players headed over the years. And I am not sure if any players over the past 14 years would be in the top 22.
Out of the PD top 50, 17 played or signed with OSU. Then only two other schools had more than 2 players on the list, Michigan with 6 and Notre Dame with 4. PSU, WVU and John Carroll each had 2 on the list, with 16 other schools having 1 and 1 guy with no college listed. Ten of the OSU 17 were in the top 20.
Now, out of the 22 on the Enquirer all-century team 8 played at OSU. Two schools had 2, ND and UK. Michigan had 1.
I am betting many on here didnt think OSU would have had that many of the 22 since the UNTRUE belief is that Cincy is not and never has been an Ohio State town and we have not been very successful in recruiting the area or getting good players from there over the years, or yadda, yadda, yadda. Like I have said numerous times, you never want FACTS to get in the way of a good myth. I guess if it is written and written and written (without facts by the way), well then, it has to be true.
Just a couple final numbers. 17 out of 50 is 34%. 8 out of 22 is 36%.
I would want to see how many of those cincy players fall in the dayton area. Ie huber heights, centerville etc.
Why would the capital of Kentucky be a Buckeye town?
My your liqueur be cold, your women be hot, and all your problems slide off like snot.
Here is the list.
ZERO. They didnt include Dayton. The Cleveland top 50 included Akron.
The Cincy list had 4 players from Northern Kentucky, two from Middletown (Todd Bell and CC) and one from Hamilton (Woody's best ever center Raymond Pryor).
But man, that Cincy town sure hates Ohio State.
And another OSU player was in the 3 RB discussion for the second RB spot behind Carlos Snow. They ended up choosing Shaun Alexander over Marc Edwards and Richard Hall.
Touche! Very well then.
Although Cleveland's list included Akron, there were only 5 players from Summit County included in the Top 50! Of those 5, only 2 were from the Akron City Series!
1) Jay Brophy - Buchtel
2) Ricky Powers - Buchtel
3) Mike Vrabel - Walsh
4) Larry Csonka - Stow
5) Tyrell Sutton - Hoban
"Fundamentals are the crutch for the talentless" - Kenny Powers
Uh you do know that Dayton is not part of Cincinnati...right?
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