Thirty-eight high school football players from the state of Ohio are on the watch list for the Sports Illustrated All-American team for 2020, SI announced today.
The 38 student-athletes from Ohio represent the seventh-most from a single state behind Florida (142), Texas (129), Georgia (84), California (79), North Carolina (55) and Alabama (44). Virginia (31), Michigan (30) and Maryland (28) round out the top 10.
For a breakdown of which of the 1,000 SIAA nominees from across the nation have verbally committed to or are considering Ohio State as their college choice, head to:
The Ohio nominees, listed here by city/town, are:
- Brayden Fox - 6-3 / 200 / WR from Akron, Ohio
- Damon Ollison - 6-1 / 215 / OLB from Akron, Ohio
- Darryl Peterson - 6-3 / 235 / DE from Akron, Ohio
- Kyree Young - 6-1 / 200 / RB from Akron,Ohio
- Shawn Gates - 6-0 / 175 / CB from Akron, Ohio
- Joey Labas - 6-4 / 190 / QB from Broadview Heights, Ohio
- Bam Booker - 6-3 / 220 / OLB from Cincinnati, Ohio
- Corey Kiner - 5-10 / 205 / RB from Cincinnati, Ohio
- Devonta Smith - 6-1 / 185 / CB from Cincinnati, Ohio
- Iesa Jarmon - 6-1 / 180 / CB from Cincinnati, Ohio
- Jaylen Johnson - 6-1 / 205 / S from Cincinnati, Ohio
- Liam Clifford - 6-1 / 190 / ATH from Cincinnati, Ohio
- Mao Glynn - 6-4 / 295 / OG from Cincinnati, Ohio
- Markus Allen - 6-2 / 190 / WR from Clayton, Ohio
- Rod Moore - 5-11 / 180 / S from Clayton, Ohio
- Aidan Hubbard - 6-4 / 218 / OLB from Cleveland, Ohio
- Michael Gravely Jr. - 6-1 / 193 / S from Cleveland, Ohio
- A.J. Kirk - 6-0 / 200 / S from Columbus, Ohio
- Jamarius Dinkins - 6-6 / 255 / DE from Columbus, Ohio
- Bryon Threats - 5-10 / 190 / ATH from Dublin, Ohio
- Devon Williams - 6-1 / 215 / OLB from Dublin, Ohio
- Hammond Russell IV - 6-3 / 235 / DE from Dublin, Ohio
- Armond Scott - 6-3 / 200 / WR from Euclid, Ohio
- Jack Pugh - 6-5 / 235 / TE from Hilliard, Ohio
- Kevin Toth Jr. - 6-6 / 270 / OT from Hudson, Ohio
- Reid Carrico - 6-3 / 220 / ILB from Ironton, Ohio
- Treylan Davis - 6-5 / 215 / TE from Jackson, Ohio
- Paul Rodriguez - 6-5 / 305 / OT from Mason, Ohio
- Andrew Wilson-Lamp - 6-3 / 175 / WR from Massillon, Ohio
- Jayden Ballard - 6-2 / 170 / WR from Massillon, Ohio
- Marquael Parks - 5-9 / 160 / ATH from Orrville, Ohio
- Jaylen Anderson - 5-11 / 205 / RB from Perry, Ohio
- Jack Sawyer - 6-5 / 230 / DE from Pickerington, Ohio
- Lorenzo Styles Jr. - 6-1 / 170 / WR from Pickerington, Ohio
- Ben Christman - 6-6 / 300 / OT from Richfield, Ohio
- Najee Story - 6-4 / 235 / DE from Solon, Ohio
- David Wohlabaugh - 6-6 / 280 / OT from Stow, Ohio
- Mike Hall - 6-3 / 275 / DT from Streetsboro, Ohio
In all, 1,000 players from across the nation have been selected to the watch list. Video highlights, scouting analyses and a list of each player’s college verbal commitment and/or top college contenders can be found on their bio pages, broken down by state, at SIAllAmerican.com.
The evaluation process will continue throughout the season “until the list of 1,000 contenders coalesces around just 25 young men who can say proudly they are the best of the best -- they are Sports Illustrated All-Americans,” said SI Director of Football Recruiting John Garcia, Jr.
Sports Illustrated will narrow the candidates to 250 in October, 99 in November and then announce a first-team of 25, second-team of 25 and an honorable mention group in December. The first-team selections will be invited to the SI Sportsperson of the Year banquet.
Over the coming weeks, SI will unveil its preseason top 10 for each of 14 position groups (kicking off with quarterbacks this week). SI will unveil its initial preseason top 99 ranking, the SI99, on August 24.