A big chunk of every Ohio State football roster is filled by players from within the state’s borders.

But in recent years, as recruiting has become more of a national game, the Buckeyes have cast a far wider net than before and brought in players from areas where they’ve rarely or never done so before.

This year’s OSU team features scholarship players from 22 different states, including the first ever player from Idaho (Tommy Togiai), the first players from Arizona since 2000 (Jack Miller and Lathan Ransom), the first Washington native since 1998 (Gee Scott, Jr.), and the first Buckeye from Hawaii since 1994 (Enokk Vimahi).

There are 10 states which have never produced an Ohio State football player, at least as far back as 1941. Before that, the data from official team rosters starts getting a little more spotty. 

Ironically, one of them is Ryan Day’s home state of New Hampshire. The rest of New England isn’t exactly Buckeye country, either. There has never been an Ohio State football player from neighboring Vermont or tiny Rhode Island, and Maine has only produced one walk-on.

The others are Alaska, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, and Wyoming.

There is absolutely no hometown data available prior to 1922, so while it is technically possible that the 1911 team featured a standout from Alaska or Rhode Island, it’s not terribly likely.

You can find the rosters from 1960-present here, and the ones from prior to 1960 here if you want to do some detective work of your own. 

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. So even though Drue Chrisman attended high school at Cincinnati’s LaSalle High School, he’s listed with the Indiana players because his home town is Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

Players listed below are the most recent scholarship players from that state or country, except where noted with (walk-on). In those cases, there has either been a walk-on more recently than a scholarship player, or there has never been a scholarship player.

Donte Wheat, the only scholarship player from Alabama to appear on an OSU roster, is something of a mystery. He appeared in the 1981 media guide, with a short blurb that called him “something of an unknown.” But he may not have ever enrolled, and at least one member of that team does not remember him. Wheat would go on to letter at Louisville from 1983-1984. He’s listed below because he did appear on that roster.

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.

Alabama

Willie Salter (walk-on)
2001

Donte Wheat 1981 

Alaska

None

Arizona

Jack Miller, Lathan Ransom 2020 

Arkansas

K.J. Hill 2019

California

Wyatt Davis, Chris Olave, CJ Stroud, Kourt Williams 2020 

Colorado

Joey O’Connor 2012

Connecticut

Scott Leach 1983

Delaware

Charles Hunter 1979

District of Columbia

Kevin Johnson 1996

Florida

Sevyn Banks, Marcus Crowley, Tyreke Johnson, Nicholas Petit-Frere, Shaun Wade 2020 

Georgia

Steele Chambers, Justin Fields, Antwuan Jackson, Harry Miller, Trey Sermon 2020 

Hawaii

Enokk Vimahi 2020

Idaho

Tommy Togiai 2020

Illinois

Tuf Borland 2020

Indiana

Drue Chrisman, Josh Fryar, Dawand Jones, Pete Werner, Craig Young 2020 

Iowa

Richard Haupt 1960

Kansas

Jamie Sumner 1995

Kentucky

Sean Nuernberger 2018

Louisiana

Nader Abdallah 2008

Maine

Peter Gwilym (walk-on) 2014

Maryland

Mitchell Melton, Bryson Shaw, Taron Vincent 2020 

Massachusetts

Cam Williams 2015

Michigan

Cameron Martinez, Grant Toutant 2020 

Minnesota

Jashon Cornell 2019

Mississippi

Craig Robinson 1990

Missouri

Kamryn Babb, Cameron Brown, Mookie Cooper, Jameson Williams 2020 

Montana

None

Nebraska

None

Nevada

Haskell Garrett 2020

New Hampshire

None

New Jersey

Tyler Friday, Ronnie Hickman, Javontae Jean-Baptiste, Cody Simon, Luke Wypler 2020 

New Mexico

None

New York

Blake Haubeil, Matthew Jones, Jeremy Ruckert 2020 

North Carolina

Jacolbe Cowan, Jaden McKenzie 2020 

North Dakota

None

Ohio

27 Players 2020

Oklahoma

Josh Proctor 2020

Oregon

None

Pennsylvania

Julian Fleming, Marcus Hooker 2020 

Rhode Island

None

South Carolina

Michael Hill 2017

South Dakota

Grant Schmidt 2015

Tennessee

Cormontae Hamilton, Master Teague, Max Wray 2020 

Texas

Baron Browning, Lejond Cavazos, Elijah Gardiner, Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Ryan Watts, Garrett Wilson 2020 

Utah

Branden Bowen 2019

Vermont

None

Virginia

Teradja Mitchell, K’Vaughan Pope 2020

Washington

Gee Scott, Jr. 2020

West Virginia

R.J. Coleman 2005

Wisconsin

Jim Meckstroth 1972

Wyoming

None

Australia

Cameron Johnston 2016

Canada

Mike Roberts 2005

Nigeria

Chris Ntukogu (walk-on) 1988

South Africa

Ryan Pretorius 2008

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