Football

2000 Football Recruiting Class

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  • Recruiting Press Conference
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    %^$COLUMBUS, Ohio - Head football coach John Cooper announced today that 25 student-athletes have signed national letters of intent to attend The Ohio State University and play football next fall. One member of the class is a junior college transfer and is already enrolled at OSU.%^$

    %^$"We're extremely pleased that this group of young men have chosen to attend Ohio State and play football," head coach John Cooper said. "On paper it is a very solid, athletic class and we feel like its strengths fit our needs. But making the transition from high school football to Big Ten football is a huge adjustment, and it's our job as a coaching staff to now make that transition smoother."%^$

    %^$The 2000 class features 24 high school seniors and one junior college transfer from nine different states. It features 13 recruits from the talent-rich state of Ohio, three each from Florida and New York, two from Georgia and one each from California, Kentucky, Michigan, and West Virginia. The breakdown by position is six linebackers, five defensive backs, three running backs, three receivers, three offensive linemen, two defensive linemen and one quarterback, tight end and kicker, respectively.%^$

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    2000 Ohio State University Recruiting Class

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    NameHt.Wt.Cl.Hometown
    Will AllenDB6-2175Huber Heights, Ohio/Wayne
    Bobby BrittonDB5-11175Jacksonville, Fla./Raines
    Jason CaldwellTE6-5265Mentor, Ohio/Mentor
    Bam ChildressDB5-10175Bedford, Ohio/Chanel
    Marco CooperLB6-2235Detroit, Mich./Cass Tech
    John HollinsWR6-2185Huber Heights, Ohio/Wayne
    Josh HustonK6-2190Findlay, Ohio/Findlay
    Harlen JacobsDB6-2175Atlanta, Ga./Douglas
    Michael JenkinsWR6-5200Tampa, Fla./Leto
    Branden JoeRB6-2230Westerville, Ohio/South
    Larry KinnardOL6-7295Alliance, Ohio/Alliance
    Andrew LeeWR6-2195Columbus, Ohio/Brookhaven
    Sam MaldonadoRB6-2215Harrison, N.Y./Harrison
    Thomas MatthewsLB6-1205Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./Dillard
    Rick McFaddenQB6-7205Struthers, Ohio/Struthers
    Jamal MuhammadLB6-1230Stone Mountain, Ga./Stone Mountain
    Shane OliveaOL6-5315Cedarhurst, N.Y./Lawrence
    Terry PogueRB6-2220Dayton, Ohio/Colonel White
    Robert ReynoldsLB6-4223Bowling Green, Ky./Bowling Green
    Darrion ScottLB6-3244Charleston, W.Va./Capital
    Will SmithDE6-3230Utica, N.Y./Proctor
    Alex StepanovichOL6-5270Berea, Ohio/Berea
    Alphonso TownsendDL6-6280Lima, Ohio/Senior
    Jack Tucker *LB6-1235Cypress, Calif./Cerritos C.C.
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    %^$* Currently enrolled at The Ohio State University%^$

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    %^$2000 Ohio State University Recruiting Class%^$

    %^$LINEBACKERS (6)
    %^$MARCO COOPER: 6-2, 235, Detroit, Mich/Cass Tech
    %^$Parade All-American...a first-team USA Today High School All-American...regarded as one of the top linebacker prospects in the country...finished his senior year with 118 total tackles, 81 solo tackles and 22 tackles-for-loss...recovered four fumbles and forced three fumbles...as a junior, tallied 114 tackles...four-year starter...listed as the fourth best high school prospect in the country by Rivals100.com...rated by PrepStar as the No. 8 linebacker in the country.%^$

    %^$THOMAS MATTHEWS: 6-1, 205, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./Dillard
    %^$Built a reputation for his speed and ability to cover sideline-to-sideline...as a senior, had over five games with at least 15 tackles...recorded over 100 tackles as a junior...rated as the No. 77 linebacker prospect in the nation by Rivals100.com.%^$

    %^$JAMAL MUHAMMAD: 6-1, 230, Stone Mountain, Ga./Stone Mountain
    %^$Class AAA first-team all-Georgia selection...Finished with over 150 tackles with six sacks and one interception as a senior...rushed for over 400 yards as a blocking fullback...as a junior, totaled 128 tackles with 10 sacks and one interception...extremely athletic...rated as the No. 51 linebacker prospect in the nation by Rivals100.com...rated as the No. 6 linebacker in the southeast by PrepStar.%^$

    %^$ROBERT REYNOLDS: 6-4, 223, Bowling Green, Ky./Bowling Green
    %^$High School Player of the Year for the state of Kentucky...rated as the No. 1 prospect from the state of Kentucky and one of the top linebackers in the country by numerous publications...USA Today honorable mention All-American...rated as the No. 26 linebacker prospect in the nation by Rivals100.com...finished his senior year with 99 tackles, 14 tackles-for-loss, nine sacks and one interception...earned all-state honors after his senior and junior seasons...played much of his senior season with a broken hand...as a junior, totaled 180 tackles, 21 tackles-for-loss and 15 sacks...finished his high school career with 468 tackles, 39 tackles-for-loss, 29 sacks, 16 fumble recoveries and two interceptions.%^$

    %^$DARRION SCOTT: 6-3, 244, Charleston, W.Va./Capital
    %^$Rated as one of the top two players in the state of West Virginia by numerous publications...USA Today honorable mention All-American...rated as the No. 18 linebacker prospect in the country by Rivals100.com...the No. 25 prospect in the east by SuperPrep...a two-time all-state selection...as a junior, finished the season with 133 tackles and nine tackles-for-loss...also started at fullback and rushed for 1,291 yards...second team all-state as a basketball player.%^$

    %^$JACK TUCKER: 6-1, 235, Cypress, Calif./Cerritos C.C.
    %^$Earned second team All-America honors by J.C. Grid-Wire...ranked by SuperPrep as the No. 5 JUCO linebacker in the nation...totaled 120 tackles, including 61 in his final year...helped lead his team to an 8-3 record and a Strawberry Bowl berth...as a junior, was named his team's defensive most valuable player and earned first team all-conference honors with 114 total tackles...attended Kennedy High School...was a first team all-CIF selection his senior year of high school.%^$

    %^$DEFENSIVE BACKS (5)
    %^$WILLIE ALLEN: 6-2, 175, Huber Heights, Ohio/Wayne
    %^$Division I first-team all-Ohio by The Associated Press...rated as the No. 4 defensive back prospect and the No. 27 overall prospect in the Midwest by SuperPrep...rated as the No. 53 defensive back prospect in the nation by Rivals100.com...high school team was state runner-up in Division I.%^$

    %^$B.J. BARRE: 6-1, 185, Toledo, Ohio/Whitmer
    %^$Rated as the No. 2 cornerback in the state by Bill Kurelic...No. 17 prospect and No. 2 cornerback in the Midwest by SuperPrep...was a tremendous force on offense with 1,245 yards rushing as a senior...Division I special mention all-Ohio selection...as a junior, tallied 27 tackles and five interceptions in eight games...also rushed for 719 yards and 10 touchdowns.%^$

    %^$BOBBY BRITTON: 5-11, 175, Jacksonville, Fla./Raines
    %^$Rated as the No. 14 cornerback prospect in the country by Rivals100.com...considered by many as one of the top cornerback prospects in the nation...in the Florida Super 75 by the Jacksonville (Fla.) Times Union, rated as the No. 6 athlete...excellent speed...played primarily as a receiver in his senior year. ..caught 47 passes and eight touchdowns...three interceptions and over 40 tackles as a junior.%^$

    %^$BAM CHILDRESS: 5-10, 175, Bedford, Ohio/Chanel
    %^$Ohio's Mr. Football as voted by The Associated Press...fifth Ohio Mr. Football to commit to Ohio State (Robert Smith, Bobby Hoying, Andy Katzenmoyer, Derek Combs)...USA Today's Ohio football player of the year....Division V defensive player of the year and first-team all-Ohio selection...two-way starter at receiver and cornerback...led his team to an undefeated regular season...finished his senior year with 41 catches for 754 yards and 11 touchdowns...also returned two kickoffs and two punts for touchdowns...finished his career with 3,553 kickoff return yards, 2,707 punt return yards and 2,776 receiving yards off 151 receptions...defensively finished his career with 12 interceptions for three touchdowns and recovered three fumbles...averaged 20 points per game in basketball his junior year...basketball team won the Division III state championship that year.%^$

    %^$HARLEN JACOBS: 6-2, 175, Atlanta, Ga./Douglas
    %^$Rated as the No. 36 cornerback prospect in the nation by Rivals100.com...totaled 40 tackles and four interceptions in his senior year...five interceptions in his junior year.%^$

    %^$RUNNING BACKS (3)
    %^$BRANDEN JOE: 6-2, 230, Westerville, Ohio/South
    %^$Division I first-team all-Ohio by The Associated Press...USA Today honorable mention All-American...outstanding all-around athlete...rated as the No. 7 prospect in the Midwest by the The Detroit Free Press...rated as the No. 29 prospect in the Midwest by SuperPrep...rated as the No. 23 running back in the nation by Rivals100.com...rushed for 1,226 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior...started at both running back and lineabacker...as a junior, gained 620 rushing in six games before breaking his foot...excellent baseball player.%^$

    %^$SAM MALDONADO: 6-2, 215, Harrison, N.Y./Harrison
    %^$High School Player of the Year for the state of New York...Parade All-American...two-time high school Heisman award winner in the state of New York...second-team USA Today All-American...USA Today's New York Player of the Year...one of only 30 players in prep football history to rush for over 7,000 career yards...finished his career with 7,581 yards rushing and 99 touchdowns...high school team won the Class B state championship...rated as the No. 1 running back prospect in the nation and a first team All-American by Rivals100.com...rushed for over 3,000 yards as a senior...Eastern Region most valuable player and No. 1 prospect in the east as rated by SuperPrep...featured in Sports Illustrated's Faces in the Crowd for breaking the state of New York single season rushing record...rushed for over 2,300 yards and 35 touchdowns as a junior.%^$

    %^$TERRY POGUE: 6-2, 220, Dayton, Ohio/Colonel White
    %^$Ohio Division II Offensive Player of the Year by The Associated Press...USA Today honorable mention All-American...finished fourth in the state with 182 points off 29 touchdowns and four two-point conversions in his senior year...also rushed for 1,903 yards...Dayton Public Schools League Player of the Year...rated the No. 29 running back in the country by Rivals100.com...rated the No. 2 running back in the state by Bill Kurelic...as a junior, rushed for 1,317 yards...started at both running back and inside linebacker.%^$

    %^$RECEIVERS (3)
    %^$JOHN HOLLINS: 6-2, 185, Huber Heights, Ohio/Wayne
    %^$Division I first team all-Ohio by The Associated Press...finshed his senior season with 61 receptions for 1,220 yards and 17 touchdowns...team was the Division I state runner-up...rated the No. 2 receiver in the state of Ohio by Bill Kurelic...rated the No. 4 receiver in the Midwest by SuperPrep...also started as a defensive back.%^$

    %^$MICHAEL JENKINS: 6-5, 200, Tampa, Fla./Leto
    %^$Awesome size...rated as Florida's No.22 prospect and the No. 24 best skilled athlete prospect in the nation by SuperPrep...in the Florida Super 75 list by the Jacksonville (Fla.) Times Union, rated as the No. 2 athlete in the state...as a senior, rotated between running back, receiver and linebacker...carried the ball 60 times for 600 yards and also had 20 receptions for 300 yards...as a junior, had 26 receptions for 480 yards and 11 touchdowns...also totaled 88 tackles, four fumble recoveries and four interceptions on defense.%^$

    %^$ANDREW LEE: 6-2, 195, Columbus, Ohio/Brookhaven
    %^$Rated as the No. 5 receiver in the Midwest by SuperPrep...rated as the No. 75 receiver in the country by Rivals100.com...finished his senior year with 30 receptions for 667 yards and seven touchdowns...also played defensive back...in his junior year, played quarterback and passed for 886 yards and rushed for 905 yards...same high school as OSU great and Biletnikoff winner Terry Glenn.%^$

    %^$OFFENSIVE LINE (3)
    %^$LARRY KINNARD: 6-7, 295, Alliance, Ohio/Alliance
    %^$Son of former NFL player Larry Kinnard, Sr., who played for the Miami Dolphins and the Baltimore Colts...rated as the No. 3 line prospect in the Midwest by SuperPrep...rated the No. 59 offensive line prospect in the nation by Rivals100.com...has massive size, good balance, quick feet and long arms...starting center on the basketball team.%^$

    %^$SHANE OLIVEA: 6-5, 315, Cedarhurst, N.Y./Lawrence
    %^$Two-time first team all-New York selection...USA Today honorable mention All-American...considered by many as the top offensive line prospect not only in the East but in the nation...rated No. 8 in the nation and No. 1 offensive line prospect in the East by SuperPrep...ranked No. 33 as an offensive line prospect by Rivals100.com...four-year starter at both offense and defensive tackles...combines size, speed, quickness and agility.%^$

    %^$ALEX STEPANOVICH: 6-5, 270, Berea, Ohio/Berea
    %^$USA Today honorable mention All-American...Rated as the No. 17 offensive line prospect in the nation by Rivals100.com...rated No. 4 offensive line prospect in the Midwest and No. 30 overall prospect in the Midwest by SuperPrep...ranked No. 19 overall prospect in the Midwest by The Detroit Free Press...special mention all-Ohio by The Associated Press...two-way starter at offensive guard and defensive end...had 14 sacks and 68 tackles as a junior...brother Nick is a varsity wrestler at OSU.%^$

    %^$DEFENSIVE LINE (2)
    %^$WILL SMITH: 6-3, 230, Utica, N.Y./Proctor
    %^$USA Today honorable mention All-American...No. 1 defensive line prospect in the East and No. 7 in the nation by SuperPrep...No. 7 defensive line prospect in the nation by Rivals100.com...ranked as the 30th best prospect in the East by Tom Lemmings's Prep Football Report...finished his senior year with 65 tackles, 20 tackles-for-loss, 13 sacks and three forced fumbles in just seven games...also caught 18 passes at tight end...second team all-state as a junior...totaled 111 tackles, 29 tackles-for-loss, 16 sacks and six blocked kicks as a junior.%^$

    %^$ALPHONSO TOWNSEND: 6-6, 280, Lima, Ohio/Senior
    %^$Division I first-team all-Ohio selection by The Associated Press...rated as the No. 1 defensive line prospect in the Midwest and the No. 12 in the nation by SuperPrep...No. 5 defensive end prospect in the nation by Rivals100.com...rated No. 2 defensive line prospect in Ohio by Bill Kurelic...as a junior, 80 tackles, 15 tackles for loss and six sacks...nicknamed "Biggie."%^$

    %^$QUARTERBACK (1)
    %^$RICK MCFADDEN, 6-7, 205, Struthers, Ohio/Struthers
    %^$Division IV first-team all-Ohio by The Associated Press...finished seventh in the state with 2,056 passing yards (165-of-273)...also threw 20 touchdown passes...considered by many as the top quarterback prospect in the state of Ohio...rated as the No. 2 quarterback prospect in the Midwest by SuperPrep...rated as the No. 34 quarterback prospect in the nation by Rivals100.com...as a junior, threw for over 1,700 yards (169-of-235) and 16 touchdowns with just three interceptions...left-handed thrower...excellent basketball player.%^$

    %^$TIGHT END (1)
    %^$JASON CALDWELL, 6-5, 265, Mentor, Ohio/Mentor
    %^$Played only two years of high school football and earned the starting nod as a senior...tremendous potential with his size and speed combination...finished his senior year with 20 receptions for 210 yards and five touchdowns...rated as the No. 25 prospect in the state by The Ohio Football Recruiting News...competeted in basketball and track and field...in 1998, was the state runner-up in the discus (177' 7'') and placed seventh in the shot put (54' 6").%^$

    %^$KICKER (1)
    %^$JOSH HUSTON, 6-2, 190, Findlay, Ohio/Findlay
    %^$Division I second team all-Ohio selection by The Associated Press...rated at the No. 10 kicking prospect in the nation by Rivals100.com...rated as the No. 3 kicking prospect in the Midwest by SuperPrep...was 57-of-60 on PATs this year and 84-of-88 in his career...put 67 of his 79 kickoffs into the endzone for touchbacks...was 9-of-15 on field goals with his season long kick of 43 yards...all of his misses were 47-yards or further...inside 45 yards, was 17-of-18 over his career...first team all-Ohio as a junior.%^$

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