Best Buckeyes by State: Texas

Our survey of the best Ohio State recruits by state over the past 30 years continues with a look at Texas, where the Friday night lights have produced a two-sport star and a legendary wide receiver, among others.

Ohio State and Texas staged an epic two-game series in the middle of the last decade, but the Longhorn State has not supplied a large number of recruits to the Buckeyes over the years.

Thirteen signees have trekked from Texas to Columbus over the past 30 years, including four in the last two recruiting classes, and we found a few big names for you to consider here. The baker's dozen of Ohio State recruits from Texas since 1985 includes an all-time great wide receiver, a two-sport standout and a current member of the football staff.

Read about them all and let us know who you think is the best.

Walter Taylor

Signed as a wide receiver in 1991, Taylor was a standout at multiple positions at storied Dallas Carter High School. He played quarterback, tailback and wide receiver for the Cowboys, whose state championship run in 1988 is partially depicted in the book (and subsequent movie) "Friday Night Lights". The Cowboys repeated a year later, and Taylor helped them advance to the 1990 state semifinals while accounting for more than 3,000 total yards during his senior campaign, when the South Florida Sun-Sentinel rated him the top "athlete" prospect in the country. Taylor moved to defensive back at Ohio State and eventually became a starter at free safety as a senior in 1993. In 36 games including 14 starts, Taylor had 106 tackles, picked off six passes and blocked two punts. He was third on the team with 67 stops in '93, when the Buckeyes won a share of the Big Ten title for the first time in John Cooper's tenure.

Rickey Dudley

A product of Henderson High School, Dudley came to Ohio State as a basketball player but left a bigger mark on the gridiron. He joined the football team prior to the 1994 campaign and backed up D.J. Jones at tight end while catching nine passes for 106 yards. He was named a captain for his last season on the hardwood and led the Buckeyes in rebounding (7.5 per game) before seeing his true breakout season in 1995 as a starting tight end. A weapon because of his size and athleticism, Dudley caught 37 passes for 575 yards and seven touchdown as a senior en route to making the All-Big Ten first team. He was a first-round pick of the Oakland Raiders in 1996, and his 681 career receiving yards are still 10th in an Ohio State career for a tight end. He finished his Buckeye basketball career with 30 starts in 81 games while shooting 62.5 percent from the floor.

David Boston

Part of the No. 1 recruiting class in the country, Boston had an immediate impact at Ohio State in 1996. The Humble native caught an 58-yard touchdown pass in his college debut (a 70-7 beatdown of Rice) then added three more scores a week later as the Buckeyes beat Pittsburgh 72-0. After hauling in two touchdown passes against the Panthers, he returned a punt 67 yards for a touchdown despite Ohio State being unable to get a full unit of 11 men onto the field. That was the last score of the day and made the game the biggest shutout loss in Pitt history. Boston became a starter midway through his freshman season and caught the game-winning touchdown in the waning seconds of the 1997 Rose Bowl against Arizona State. A year later, he caught 73 passes for 970 yards before shattering almost every Ohio State receiving record in 1998 as he hauled in 85 passes for 1,435 yards and 13 more scores. A first-team All-American as a junior, he left school early and was a first-round pick of the Arizona Cardinals. Boston remains Ohio State's all-time leader in receptions (191) and touchdown catches (34), though his record of 2,855 receiving yards was broken by Michael Jenkins in 2003 by 43 yards. Boston tied the school single-game record with 13 catches against Indiana as a freshman and broke it a year later with 14 against Penn State. In his last game at Ohio Stadium, the two-time All-Big Ten first-teamer set a record for the Ohio State-Michigan game with 217 yards receiving (on 10 catches).

Anthony Schlegel

Schlegel began his college career at Air Force after being an all-state linebacker and wrestling state champion at Highland Park, but he transferred to Ohio State in 2003. He started at middle linebacker for the Buckeyes in 2004 and '05, earning All-Big Ten honorable mention the latter season as Ohio State won a share of the conference title. He was third on the team with 84 tackles, including 10.5 for loss, in 2004 and finished second a year later with 77 stops. Schlegel was a third-round pick of the New York Jets in the 2006 NFL Draft and played 13 games with five starts for the Bengals in 2007. He is currently an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Ohio State.

Ashton Youboty

A three-star prospect from Klein High School, Youboty was an early enrollee in the 2003 class and played in all 13 games as a true freshman, making 14 tackles. He became a starter in 2004 and was named first-team All-Big Ten in 2005 before declaring for the NFL draft. He was a third-round pick of the Buffalo Bills and played 49 NFL regular-season games with 85 tackles. In 2005, Youboty was fourth on the team with 48 tackles, including five for loss, and broke up eight passes. He also had an interception and blocked a kick. As a sophomore, Youboty logged 18 passes defended, including four interceptions, and finished fifth on the team with 61 tackles, including three for loss and a sack.


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