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How Fred Taylor Played a Role in Recruiting Rex Kern, One of the Cornerstones of Ohio State's 1967 Recruiting Class

Before he was a national champion and All-American quarterback at Ohio State, Rex Kern was a high school three-sport star in Lancaster, Ohio.

Kern's talent on the hardwood especially stood out. He fielded recruiting calls from the likes of John Wooden and Dean Smith, but ultimately, Kern wanted to be a Buckeye.

"I had always wanted to go to Ohio State to play basketball for Fred Taylor. I grew up when Jerry Lucas, John Havlicek and those guys won a national championship," Kern told Eleven Warriors. "I was probably in the fourth grade at that point and had my heart set on playing for Ohio State basketball.