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@OhioFootball Finds Hotbed In Cleveland Recruiting Area

May 11, 2016

One thing the Ohio football program has been able to maintain over its years is a strong recruit base and have had a lot of success recruiting the state of Ohio. On the Bobcats current roster there are 59 student-athletes that call the state of Ohio home.

The Northeast Ohio area and Cleveland has always been a hot bed for recruiting for Ohio. The Bobcats have drawn 10 all-Americans, five NFL draft picks and six Ohio Hall of Fame Inductees from Cleveland and the surrounding areas.

One of the brightest stars to come out of Cleveland and the surrounding areas for the Bobcats was that of 14-year NFL veteran Punter Dave Zastudil who hails from Bay Village, Ohio. Zastudil was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the 2002 NFL with the 112th overall pick. He spent time in the NFL with the Ravens, Cleveland Browns and Arizona Cardinals.

During his time with Ohio, Zastudil recorded 207 punts, averaging 44.6 per attempt and racked up 9,225 yards on those kicks. He also completed two passes for 45 total yards.

Former Ohio kicker and freshman All-American Matt Weller, of Twinsburg said "I knew I was home the first time I stepped on campus. Athens is a special place. It was the best time of my life."

Another Bobcat great from northeast Ohio was former Cleveland Brown Vince Costello. Costello was named the 56th greatest Browns player by the Cleveland Plain Dealer in 2012. Costello spent 10 seasons with the Browns and another two with the New York Giants.

Ohio senior defensive lineman Kurt Laseak, who hails from Mentor, Ohio commented "The campus and Ohio family makes it easy to fall in love with this place."

Former Ohio lineman Antwan Crutcher hails from Cleveland and spent was an NFL camp invitee said "I love the bonds I made with my teammates that will last longer than football."

Joe Callan, the Bobcat record holder for single season and career interceptions, is from Louisville, Ohio (near Canton). Callan led the nation with nine interceptions in 1979 and corralled 18 throughout his career in Athens from 1975-1979.

Ohio sophomore Joe Lowery, from Tallmadge, Ohio spoke to the uniqueness of Athens, Ohio "I chose Ohio because it is a college town unlike any other."

Former Bobcat and current San Diego Charger, Mike McQueen said "Ohio University has a great atmosphere every day of the week whether it's Finals week, the annual Homecoming football game or opening weekend and I don't think every college could say the same."

Current Ohio offensive lineman Troy Watson, who hails from Aurora, Ohio said "Ohio and specifically the coaches/staff have done a good job opening up learning opportunities for us on and off the field, and continue to encourage growth."


OHIO Greats From NE Ohio

Al Benton OL Ashtabula NFL Draft
Cleve Bryant QB Canton All-American, NFL Draft, Ohio University Hall of Fame
Joe Callan S Louisville CFL, Ohio Record Holder
Ken Carmon DL Avon Lake All-American, Ohio University Hall of Fame
Vince Costello LB Dellroy All-American, NFL, Ohio University Hall of Fame
Antwan Crutcher DL Cleveland NFL camp, Major League Football Draft
Dick Grecni OL Akron All-American, NFL Draft, AFL Draft, Ohio University Hall of Fame
John Kerns OL Geneva All-American, NFL Draft, CFL, Ohio University Hall of Fame
Mike McQueen OL Garfield Heights NFL
Dan Risaliti QB Canton All-American, Ohio University Hall of Fame
Lenard Sadosky RB Euclid All-American, Ohio University Hall of Fame
Al Scheider OL Cleveland All-American, Ohio University Hall of Fame
Matt Weller K Twinsburg Freshman All-American, Ohio Record Holder
Dave Zastudil P Bay Village All-American, NFL Draft, Ohio University Hall of Fame