Compiled by Dallas Jackson (email)
Senior Analyst for RivalsHigh.com.
The RivalsHigh100 is compiled with the help of the Rivals.com network of high school site publishers, recruiting analysts and AMP team, as well as the input of coaches and other media partners around the country.
Ohio Top 25
St. Edward is the undisputed top team in Ohio after winning what we think is the toughest postseason tournament in the country: Ohio, Division I.
So here’s the question: In a state where so many top teams are in Division I – a dozen were ranked in the RivalsHigh national Top 100 at one point or another in the season – where would the highest non Division-I school break into the rankings?
Would you believe in the No. 2 spot?
Youngstown Ursuline was that good, rolling to the Division V title and the No. 33 overall spot in the country behind Mr. Ohio running back Akise Teague. The school was one spot ahead of surprise Division I finalist Wayne, which finished No. 37 nationally.
Those schools edged Glenville, Hilliard-Davidson and Pickerington Central – three schools that all suffered just one loss on the season and finished in the national 100.
The schools wound up just shy of the big board (No.7 Solon, No. 8 St. Xavier, No. 9 Colerain, No. 11 Whitmer and No. 16 Moeller) are a testament to how deep the team talent in the state truly is.
How deep? Deep enough for us to do a Top 25 in the state.