That continued under Jim Tressel and is doing the same under Urban Meyer, the former Gators coach who still has plenty of ties in the Sunshine State. Current star Joey Bosa, who could be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft, pledged from Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas, leading the way for those who have come north in Meyer's tenure.
Bosa could soon be joined by his brother, Nick, a standout in the class of 2016, and the Buckeyes already have commitments in that class from Bradenton IMG Academy teammates Tyler Gerald and Malik Barrow. The 2017 class includes Cocoa running back Bruce Judson and Jacksonville Trinity Chrisian corner Shaun Wade.
And the Florida ties could keep going deeper. The Buckeyes are also the leader for 2017 star wideout Trevon Grimes of St. Thomas Aquinas, and Meyer and his staff extended a number of offers in Florida this week.
What follows is a breakdown of the most recent offers, as reported by Scout.com analyst Corey Bender.
2017 DE Jonathan Ford, Fort Lauderdale Dillard
A 6-4, 260-pound defensive end, Ford now has offers from Florida State and Miami in addition to the Buckeyes. Playing in one of the most talent-rich areas of the country, Ford can expect to see his recruitment continue to take off now that those major powers have joined such schools as Cincinnati and North Carolina in extending an offer.
2017 WR Daquon Green, Tampa Bay Technical
Already rated a four-star player by Scout, the 6-1, 185-pound Green already has offers from Florida and Miami in-state as well as SEC schools Georgia, Kentucky, Ole Miss, South Carolina and Vanderbilt.
2018 RB Brian Snead, Seffner Armwood
Snead has all the makings of becoming a big-time back out of Florida, and the 5-11, 195-pounder already has verbal offers from Florida, Kentucky, Ole Miss and South Carolina in addition to the Buckeyes.
"Snead is a high character kid away from the football field and has a bright future ahead of him," Scout Florida analyst Corey Bender says. "The running back is not a speed burner, but he fights for yardage and is tough to bring down on initial contact."
2018 CB Benjamin Sapp Jr., Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas
The son of former Iowa and Northern Iowa and eight-year NFL veteran cornerback Benny Sapp, Benjamin already has nearly 20 offers, including some doozies -- Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, Miami, Michigan State and Oklahoma already join the Buckeyes. Sapp (5-10, 160) is from a school Ohio State has recruited well over the years, but he'll have his pick of colleges when the time comes.
2018 CB Asante Samuel Jr., Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas
Samuel is much like his prep teammate Sapp in that he's the son of a former NFL player, as his father was a four-time Pro Bowler and three-time All-Pro with New England, Philadelphia and Atlanta. The 5-10, 165-pounder is also being pursued by Alabama, Florida State, LSU, Miami, Oklahoma and Tennessee thus far, not to mention his father's alma mater, UCF.