I am sure you have heard by now. The story has been on PTI and has been on Jim Rome almost all week in addition to multiple other national shows. Apparently, Tennessee Titans RB Chris Johnson challenged Miami Dolphins WR and Cleveland’s own Ted Ginn Jr. to a race on South Beach. The story has bubbled up in the national press this week with those two teams facing off on Sunday. Johnson says Ginn no showed for the race and Ginn is receiving lots of flak over supposedly ducking Johnson. Ginn denies this and is rightly focused on football. It’s a silly and inconsequential story but it certainly, for me, triggered images of Ginn’s athletic ability, in particular his speed, that we witnessed locally on the football field and track at Glenville HS and on a larger stage at OSU. At Glenville he was a state and national champion in track and in football was an immediate threat to take any interception, return, or catch to the house within seconds.
I’m biased in favor of Ginn here and would put my money on Ginn in any race over any football player on the planet. He may not have been and is certainly not now the most productive football player, but he was probably the most athletic football player Ohio has seen this decade. The publicity of this supposed race combined with Columbus Northland and future OSU basketballer and current No. 2 recruit in the nation, Jared Sullinger, being broadcast nationally on ESPN on Thursday got me thinking about some of the most exciting and dominant athletes our region has seen in high school. A list like this could go on forever but I tried to be exclusive and focus just on modern athletic freaks instead of prolific HS legends. The results are listed after the jump. Who are some of the best athletes you’ve witnessed in person on the HS level?