Cincinnati native Luke Kuechly has risen from 2-star recruit to NFL star 

From the weekend:

Luke Kuechly’s high school coach knew early on he could be a special player, but the rest of the world needed more time to catch on.

Source: Carolina’s Luke Kuechly has risen from 2-star recruit to NFL star | FOX Sports

The Super Bowl’s representation of Ohioans is not limited to those players who played for Ohio State.

Downtown Cincinnati viewed from the southwest
Downtown Cincinnati viewed from the southwest

Maybe the highest-profile player from the Buckeye State did not even have an offer to be a Buckeye.

That would be Luke Kuechly, whose coach told me last week he knew early on he had a potential pro at St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati.

He was a two-star recruit heading into his senior year and ended up a three-star after picking Boston College over Jim Harbaugh-coached Stanford among others. 

Other Ohioans in the Super Bowl (If I missed anyone, let me know):

Broncos

Cody Latimer (Indiana, Dayton Jefferson)

Derek Wolfe (U. of Cincinnati, Lisbon Beaver)

David Bruton Jr. (Notre Dame, Miamisburg)

Panthers

Kurt Coleman (Ohio State, Clayton Northmont)

Ted Ginn Jr. (Ohio State, Cleveland Glenville)

Luke Kuechly (Boston College, Cincinnati St. Xavier)

Andrew Norwell (Ohio State, Cincinnati Anderson)

Ohio State players not from Ohio: Broncos Bradley Roby and Jeff Heuerman (IR) and Panther Philly Brown. 

Also of note: DeVier Posey (Ohio State, Cincinnati LaSalle) has signed a futures contract with Broncos so he will have a shot to make the Denver squad this offseason.

 

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