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Stars of the Class: Troy Smith, Maurice Clarett, A.J. Hawk, Santonio Holmes, Nate Salley, Nick Mangold, Mike Kudla, Quinn Pitcock, Jay Richardson, Doug Datish
Of all the recruiting classes between 1998 and 2013, only the 2002 class produced a Heisman Trophy winner.
That year, many would have assumed that player would be Maurice Clarett. The hard-nosed running back led Ohio State to a national championship, running for 1,237 yards and 16 touchdowns during his freshman year.
Four years later, quarterback Troy Smith was hoisting the most prestigious award in college football.
Smith threw for 5,720 yards and 54 touchdowns (30 of which came during his senior season, a school record) while throwing just 13 career interceptions during his career at Ohio State. He also ran for 1,154 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Overall, the class was ranked No. 2 nationally, and for good reason. All-Americans littered the roster, and players such as A.J. Hawk, Santonio Holmes and Nick Mangold—all of which had brilliant collegiate careers—went on to have a lot of success in the NFL.
All recruiting information via 247Sports.com. All stats via Ohio State's official website.
David Regimbal is the Ohio State Football Lead Writer for Bleacher Report.
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