Jeff Rapp has been covering Ohio State athletics virtually since he graduated from the university more than 20 years ago. Now one of the leading sportswriters for collegiate athletics and a longtime analyst of the OSU programs, Rapp’s sharp, comprehensive analysis draws the dotted line for fans – ranging from perspective drawn from programs past to foresight on where a team is headed.
Rapp is one of the most tenured beat writers covering the Buckeyes and his commentary has been prominently featured over the years in national and regional publications and online news services. He’s currently is a voting member of the Heisman Trophy Trust and is a regular voice for the largest AM station in Columbus, 610 WTVN, serving as an Ohio State football and basketball analyst as part of its “Best Buckeye Coverage.”
Rapp began his career in journalism even before starting college when he worked for ABC Sports during the 1984 Summer Olympics. After joining the journalism program, he wrote for The Ohio State University newspaper, the Lantern, before graduating in 1988. He went on to write for such daily newspapers as Neighbor News, The Columbus Dispatch and Delaware Gazette, and has contributed to national magazines such as Basketball Monthly, Yankees Magazine, Athlon Sports, and many regional publications including Ohio High, Buckeye Beat, Competition Sports, Ohio Golfer, Reds Report, Blue Jackets Beat and the Ohio State Alumni Magazine.
For two decades Rapp has written countless articles and columns on Ohio State athletics, cutting his teeth at Scarlet & Gray Illustrated, moving on to a lengthy stretch as senior writer at Buckeye Sports Bulletin, and most recently becoming an online presence and featured magazine writer for Bucknuts Media.
In 2003, Rapp wrote “Stadium Stories: Colorful Tales of the Scarlet and Gray.” He is a longstanding member of the Football Writers Association of America and the U.S. Basketball Writers Association and has won multiple awards from the College Sports Publishers Association.