We conclude our series of looks at the best Buckeyes by state and region with Southeastern Ohio.
High-level prospects have been harder to come by in this more sparsely populated part of the state, but the region has had some very notable representatives, including a big-play wide receiver, a talkative tight end and a ferocious pass rusher.
A product of Bellaire, Joey Galloway signed with Ohio State as a part of the No. 6-rated recruiting class in the country in 1990. After missing most of the 1992 season with a knee injury, Galloway rounded into an All-Big Ten player as a junior in 1993. Blessed with blazing speed, Galloway caught 47 passes for 946 yards and 11 touchdowns, equaling Cris Carter's school single-season record in the latter category. He added another 669 yards on 44 catches as a senior and remains 10th in school history with 1,894 career receiving yards. He led Ohio State in scoring with 13 overall touchdowns in 1993 and served as a captain as a senior. Galloway played 15 seasons in the NFL after the Seahawks picked him in the first round of the 1995 draft, and he totaled 10,950 yards on 701 receptions. He caught 77 touchdown passes and returned five punts for TDs.
A two-way standout at Logan High School, Burris signed with Ohio State as part of the 1994 class that was rated as high as No. 2 in the nation. The 6-8, 280-pounder was a four-year letterwinner and started at right tackle in 1997 and '98 as the Buckeyes went 21-4, winning a share of the Big Ten championship during his senior season.
Don't tell this Chillicothe native Ohio State does not throw the ball to the tight end. In 1999, he picked his home-state school over Purdue so that he could play tight end and ended up seventh in school history with 58 receptions as a tight end. He was the No. 2 pass catcher as a senior in 2003 with 290 yards on 33 catches and made the All-Big Ten first team. In 2002, Hartsock caught 17 passes for 137 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner in the fourth quarter at Wisconsin. A fantastic blocker, he played 10 seasons in the NFL after being drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the third round in 2004.
Despite being a four-star recruit at Washington Court House Miami Trace, Nathan Williams was not one of the big names in a star-studded 2008 recruiting class. He made it into nine games as a true freshman, however, and logged four tackles for loss among his 18 total stops. Backing up Thaddeus Gibson at "Leo" defensive end as a sophomore, he again flashed playmaking ability with eight tackles for loss, including 3.5 sacks, despite not starting a game, and he added another 9.5 tackles for loss while starting 11 games in 2010. After a knee injury kept him out of all but one game in 2011, Williams was able to start eight games and play in 10 as a senior, logging 3.5 tackles for loss and two sacks for the undefeated Buckeyes. Despite the health and depth chart obstacles, he totaled 132 tackles, 12 career sacks and 25 tackles for loss in 45 games.
Honorable mention:Tim Moxley (Barnesville), Drew Basil (Chillicothe).