We had a blast browsing the past and delving into some of the most decorated and recruited prospects in Ohio State football history. We recently discussed quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers, but this time around we wanted to lean into tight ends.
As we discussed earlier, 247Sports only takes us back to the year 2000, but that still represents two decades of perspectives to revisit. We’ll provide the top ten top-ranked tight ends list of the past 20 years, but some interesting names that narrowly missed the cut include, Reid Fragel and Jeff Heuerman.
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Kierre Hawkins, class of 2016
Recognition of the recipient of the “Richard” Dick “Hartzell” scholarship 2020-2021, Kierre Hawkins senior!
A native of Maple Heights, Ohio, Kierre appeared in all 12 games of 2019 averaging 15.3 yards per catch. #GoGuinsð§ð
– Youngstown State Penguins (@YSUsports) November 25, 2020
Composite rating 247Sports .8919
Kierre Hawkins was a 4-star prospect from Maple Heights, Ohio. Obviously, as you can see in the tweet above, Hawkins was transferred to Youngstown state after being on the bench for two years in Columbus.
RJ Coleman, Class of 2002
Composite rating 247Sports .9000
RJ Coleman was a 4-star prospect at Robert C. Byrd High School in Clarksburg, West Virginia. Despite being an extremely sought-after rookie, Coleman has had a less than spectacular career for the Buckeyes.
Nick Vannett, class of 2011
Composite rating 247Sports .9116
Nick Vannett was a 4-star recruit from Westerville Central High School in Westerville, Ohio. Vannett has had an extremely productive college career. After wearing a red blouse in his first year, Vannett played 53 games and was instrumental in their journey to the CFP national championship. Vannett was drafted in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft.
Nick Vannett just scored his first touchdown in the NFL, then led a dance party in the end zone.pic.twitter.com/uw38sPEc2V
– Eleven warriors (@ 11W) November 26, 2017
Luke Farrell, Class of 2016
Composite rating 247Sports .9233
Luke Farrell was a 4-star prospect from Perry, Ohio, and didn’t have the most statistically satisfying career, but he was a valuable asset and reunited with Urban Meyer when he was drafted in the fifth round of the NHL Draft. the NFL 2021.
Luke Farrell reunites with Urban Meyer in Jacksonville! pic.twitter.com/FvurNkO10P
– OSU bar stool (@BarstoolOSU) May 1, 2021
Rory Nicol, class of 2004
Composite rating 247Sports .9339
Rory Nicol was a 4-star prospect from Beaver Area High School in Beaver, PA. Nicol didn’t have the most anticipated career, but he was a three-year-old starter who was a solid contributor.
– Tony Gerdeman (@TonyGerdeman) Aug 4, 2013
Jake Hausmann, class of 2016
Composite rating 247Sports .9439
Jake Hausmann was a 4-star prospect at Archbishop Moeller High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. Hausmann also had a substandard career as a superstar, but played a role nonetheless.
Marcus Baugh, Class of 2013
Composite rating 247Sports .9615
Marcus Baugh was a 4-star prospect from John W. North High School in Riverside, California. Another slightly disappointing prospect, Baugh ended his college career with 52 career receptions, all of which occurred in his last two seasons.
Marcus Baugh made his first AAF touchdown earlier today. pic.twitter.com/ADGkHwFUPJ
– Eleven warriors (@ 11W) March 3, 2019
Jake Stoneburner, Class of 2008
Composite rating 247Sports .9637
Jake Stoneburner was a 4 star recruit from Dublin Coffman High School in Dublin, Ohio. He was another in a line of highly recruited tight ends to disappoint just a little bit, but he ended his career with 53 receptions.
Jake Stone Burner
– Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) September 20, 2015
Jeremy Ruckert, Class of 2018
Composite rating 247Sports .9810
Jeremy Ruckert was a 4-star prospect from Lindenhurst, New York, and has yet another season to show his skills. Last year, Ruckert landed 13 receptions. It could be about to explode this fall.
JEREMY RUKERT IS LIKE THAT ï¸ pic.twitter.com/PwhjAp5mI7
– Overtime (@ overtime) January 12, 2021
Louis Irizarry, class of 2003
Composite rating 247Sports .9833
Louis Irizarry was a 5-star prospect from Ursuline High School in Youngstown, Ohio. Irizarry was tagged as the next Kellen Winslow, but had problems off the field involving the law, which required him to be transferred to Youngstown State.