Who are the best Buckeye football players from out of state?

So, which state (other than Ohio) has produced the most Ohio State football players over the past 30 years? You probably won’t be surprised to find out it’s Florida with 52.

But who is the best of that bunch? After all, more than half have become starters, and one quarter have been drafted into the NFL.

Ryan Shazier talks to reporters in Columbus
Ryan Shazier talks to reporters in Columbus

We narrowed it down to six candidates and gave BuckeyeSports.com readers a chance to vote for their favorite. We did the same for Buckeye football recruits from Texas, Pennsylvania, Georgia and Michigan, too, and you can find the stories below. 

In some cases, the choices aren’t too hard. It’s tough to go against a Heisman Trophy winner or Buckeyes’ all-time leading receiver, not to mention a two-way star who shared MVP status on the only Ohio State team to win the national title in the past 40-plus years.

Even if you think you know who the best player is from each state, I hope you enjoy reminiscing about the careers of some of the top Buckeyes to sign with Ohio State since 1985.

Best Buckeyes by State: Florida — Urban Meyer did not need to coach in the state to know Florida is a football talent hotbed. His Ohio State predecessors knew it, too, which is why so many Sunshine State natives have donned the Scarlet and Gray. But who was the best?   Full Story

Best Buckeyes by State: Texas — Our survey of the best Ohio State recruits by state over the past 30 years continues with a look at Texas, where the Friday night lights have produced a two-sport star and a legendary wide receiver, among others.   Full Story 


Best Buckeyes by State: Pennsylvania — Pennsylvania turned into one of Jim Tressel’s favorite places to find Ohio State players when he was looking beyond Ohio’s borders, but it is also the state that produced one of John Cooper’s best of all time.   Full Story

Best Buckeyes by State: Georgia — Georgia has become a hotter and hotter bed for Ohio State recruiting over the past few years, but who gets the nod as the best Buckeye from the Peach State.   Full Story

Best Buckeyes by State: Michigan — Our series naming the top Ohio State recruits from out of state since 1985 begins with the Buckeyes’ neighbor to the north.   Full Story

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