May 12, 2016
One thing the Ohio football program has been able to maintain over its years is a strong recruiting 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.
Central Ohio has been an area that has produced a number of impact players over the years including current Ohio senior wide receiver Sebastian Smith (Pickerington, Ohio) who was the top target for the Bobcats last season.
In all, Ohio has had three NFL players, an All-American and a Ohio Hall of Famer come out of central Ohio.
Smith said he came to Ohio because of the "Great players and great atmosphere."
Chip Cox, from Columbus, played at Ohio from 2001-04 and ranks in the top 10 in career and season pass breakups and interceptions. Following his time at Ohio, Cox moved on to play in the NFL and the Canadian Football league where he was a two-time Grey Cup Champion and in 2014 became the highest paid defensive player in the league with the Montreal Alouettes. Cox said, "If I could go back and change things, I wouldn't. Ohio helped mold me into the man and the football player that I am today and I'm very proud of that. Go Bobcats!"
Recent graduate Nate Carpenter (Lancaster, Ohio) said "Ohio gave me opportunities that I could never have dreamed of, not just athletically but academically."
Skip Hoovler played offensive line and linebacker at Ohio and was a three-time MAC selection hailing from Pataskala, Ohio. Hoovler was an All-American, AFL draftee and Ohio Hall of Fame selection.
Sophomore Jake Hale (Powell, Ohio) continued the tradition of central Ohio long snappers at Ohio having started every game as a freshman at long snapper. Hale said "I love the campus feel, and the fans are something I've never experienced before.
Former Bobcat Ryan Senser came to Ohio from Westerville, Ohio and played three seasons as a long snapper for Ohio including leading Ohio to the 2006 MAC East Division title and an appearance in the MAC Championship game. Senser went on to play for the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks from 2008-2009 and played two seasons in the UFL.
Ohio junior linebacker Chad Moore (Grove City, Ohio) said he will remember Ohio for "the memorable friends you'll never forget."
OHIO Greats From Central Ohio
||NFL, CFL, Grey Cup Champion (2X)
||All-American, AFL Draft, Ohio Hall of Fame