Top ten highest rated rookies since 2000



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

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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

Ohio State’s RJ Coleman, front left, and Bam Childress, right, celebrate the Buckeyes’ 31-24 victory over Miami at the Fiesta Bowl in Tempe, Ariz. On Friday January 3, 2003 (AP Photo / Elaine Thompson)

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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

Ohio State Buckeyes tight end Nick Vannett (81) celebrates scoring a touchdown on a 1-yard pass from quarterback Cardale Jones (12) during the first quarter of the College Football Playoff National Championship against the Oregon Ducks at the Stadium AT&T in Arlington, Texas on January 12, 2015 (Adam Cairns / The Columbus Dispatch)
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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.


Luke Farrell, Class of 2016

Ohio State Buckeyes tight end Luke Farrell was among 14 former Ohio State players to receive NFL combine scout invitations.
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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.


Rory Nicol, class of 2004

January 5, 2009; Glendale, Arizona, United States; Ohio State Buckeyes tight end (88) Rory Nicol abandons a fourth-quarter two-point conversion attempt against the Texas Longhorns in the Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium. Texas defeated Ohio State 24-21 Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

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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.


Jake Hausmann, class of 2016

January 11, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, United States; Ohio State Buckeyes tight end Jake Hausmann (81) reacts after losing to Alabama Crimson Tide in the 2021 CFP National Championship game. Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

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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

December 29, 2017; Arlington, Texas, United States; Ohio Buckeyes tight end Marcus Baugh (85) runs after a reception against Southern California Trojan Safety Chris Hawkins (4) in the 2017 Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

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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.


Jake Stoneburner, Class of 2008

November 17, 2012; Madison, Wisconsin, United States; Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Jake Stoneburner (11) celebrates with fans after the game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium. Ohio State beat Wisconsin 21-14 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

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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.


Jeremy Ruckert, Class of 2018

Ohio State Buckeyes tight end Jeremy Ruckert (88) walks past Clemson Tigers cornerback Derion Kendrick (1) during the second quarter of the college football playoff semifinal at the Allstate Sugar Bowl in the Mercedes- Benz Superdome in New Orleans on Friday January 1, 2021.
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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.


Louis Irizarry, class of 2003

CINCINNATI – 2008: Louis Irizarry of the Cincinnati Bengals poses for his 2008 NFL portrait during Photo Day in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Getty Images)

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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.



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