Best Buckeyes by State: Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania turned into one of Jim Tressel's favorite places to find Ohio State players when he was looking beyond Ohio's borders, but it is also the state that produced one of John Cooper's best of all time.

Somewhat like Georgia, the state of Pennsylvania is one that has seen Ohio State recruit better in recent years than those that came before.

Twenty-one players from the Keystone State have signed with Ohio State in the past 30 years, beginning with Alliquippa's Tim Patillo in 1990 and ending with Malik Hooker of New Castle last year. That total includes 16 in the past 11 classes with a high of four in 2004, when Jim Tressel signed offensive linemen Kyle Mitchum of Erie McDowell and Jon Skinner of Mount Carmel along with tight end Rory Nicol of Beaver and Devon Lyons of Pittsburgh Woodland Hills.

So far, eight have become full-time starters, and we narrowed that list down to five for you to choose the best.

As always, we go in chronological order.

Brian Stablein

A product of Erie McDowell High School, Stablien walked onto the Ohio State football team in 1988 and eventually earned four varsity letters. The 6-1, 193-pounder was a starter in 1991 and '92 and led the Buckeyes in receiving the latter season with 643 yards on 53 grabs. He caught 12 passes against Michigan as a senior in 1992, still equal to the fourth-most in a single game in school history, and his career totals of 96 career catches and 1,289 receiving yards are still in the all-time top 20 for a Buckeye. After being drafted by the Broncos in the eighth round of the 1993 NFL Draft, he played seven seasons in the NFL and caught 77 passes for 792 yards while playing for the Colts and Lions.

Lorenzo Styles

Styles signed with Ohio State in 1992 as a prep All-American from Farrell, where he was a standout on both sides of the ball who register nearly 1,800 yards rushing and tallied 140 tackles as a senior. Styles won three letters at Ohio State and was a starter for the 1993 and '94 seasons before going pro a year early. He led the Buckeyes in tackles both seasons he was a starter and earned first-team All-Big Ten honors both years. He finished his Ohio State career with 282 tackles, including 23 for loss, and went on to play for six years in the NFL after being picked by the Falcons in the third round of the 1995 draft.

Eddie George

A Philadelphia native who finished his prep career at Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia, George was an early enrollee in 1992 and made an early positive impact before two costly fumbles against Illinois banished him to John Cooper's bench for most of the rest of that season and the next. He rushed for 1,442 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior in 1994 before setting a school single-season record with 1,927 yards on 328 carries as a senior. He also ran for 24 touchdowns en route to becoming Ohio State's fifth Heisman Trophy winner. He broke Keith Byars' single-game rushing record and gained a measure of revenge against Illinois when heh shredded the Fighting Illini defense for 314 yards late in the '95 campaign, and set the Ohio State record for most 200-yard rushing games in a season (three) and a career (five). His 3,768 career rushing yards are still second to only Archie Griffin, and George went on to play nine seasons in the NFL and rush for more than 10,000 yards.

Terrelle Pryor

The top-rated recruit in the country in 2008, Pryor picked Ohio State over Penn State and Michigan after a protracted recruitment and became the starter at quarterback as a true freshman after only three games. He helped the Buckeyes to a share of the Big Ten title in 2008 and 2010 with an outright title in 2009, when they went to their first Rose Bowl in more than a decade and knocked off No. 7 Oregon 26-17. Though an upset loss at Wisconsin in the middle of the season ended their national title hopes, the Buckeyes went 12-1 with Pryor under center in 2010 and won another BCS bowl, this time against Arkansas in the Sugar Bowl. Pryor was the starter for 31 victories in his first three seasons and was primed to rewrite the record books, but he ended up skipping his senior season after he and several teammates became involved in an NCAA extra benefits scandal stemming from their involvement with a local tattoo parlor owner. Pryor was tied with Bobby Hoying for the all-time lead in touchdown passes at Ohio State with 57 and trailed leader Art Schlichter by less than 1,400 yards on the all-time passing chart and only 509 total yards. His 2,164 rushing yards were a record for an OSU QB, but that mark has since been passed by Braxton Miller, and many of Pryor's numbers were wiped from OSU's official records when he was ruled to have been ineligible for part of his career. The Oakland Raiders took him with a third-round pick in the supplemental draft in 2011, and he is currently a member of the Seahawks.

Corey "Philly" Brown

A four-star speedster from Springfield Cardinal O'Hara, Brown led Ohio State in receptions in 2012 and '13 after sharing the team lead in 2011. His career total of 145 receptions is fifth in Ohio State history, and his 1,750 receiving yards are 14th. He is 12th with 15 touchdown catches. Brown was a second-team All-Big Ten selection as a junior when he caught 60 passes, and his 63 receptions last season are the fifth-most in school history for a single season. He led the Big Ten in punt return average as a junior, when he returned punts 76 and 68 yards for touchdowns against Nebraska and Wisconsin. One of eight players chosen before last season to be a captain, Brown started 35 of 48 career games and was one of Miller's most reliable targets for the past two seasons.


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