College Football Players to Watch from Central Ohio

A three-year starter, Xavier Henderson (forward) had 96 tackles a year ago for Michigan State.  Henderson, a safety, is on the award watch lists of Bronko Nagurski (best defensive player), Jim Thorpe (best defensive back) and Chuck Bednarik (defensive player of the year).

Central Ohio has long been one of the state’s top recruiting grounds for college football players, with a perennially strong group of programs run by Pickerington Central.

The Tigers won Division I state titles in 2017 and 2019, so it’s not surprising that a host of players from those teams are among those whose names will be regularly called out by TV announcers in the coming months.

While Mid-American Conference schools have targeted the area for recruits for decades, a select few make it onto the rosters of the Power Five programs in the Football Bowl Subdivision each year.

In the spirit of the preseason This week Super 12 teams selected for most high school sports, here are 12 players (and a few others) from central Ohio to watch during college football season:

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