Five-Star Defensive End Jack Sawyer Commits To Ohio State

By David Wertheim on February 3, 2019 at 1:30 pm
Jack Sawyer

Ohio State has started its 2021 recruiting class with a bang.

Just a few minutes ago, five-star defensive end Jack Sawyer out of Pickerington North High School in Columbus, announced that he will be ending his recruitment and committed to the Buckeyes.

Sawyer is rated as the No. 3 overall prospect in the early 2021 recruiting rankings, and the No. 1 defensive end. With 13 offers, including from schools such as Michigan, Penn State, and Oklahoma, it was imperative that Ryan Day locked this one up early, and he did.

This recruitment obviously greatly contrasts that of Zach Harrison, the last five-star defensive end who committed to Ohio State. Harrison, of course, took his recruitment down to the wire, and there was major speculation throughout that he would not end up in Columbus.

The Sawyer File

  • Class: 2021
  • Size: 6-foot-5, 219 pounds
  • Pos: DE
  • School: Pickerington North (Pickerington, Ohio)
  • Composite Rating: ★★★★★ (247Sports)
  • Composite Rank: No. 3 (Overall)

This does not appear to be the case for Sawyer, a 6-foot-5, 219-pound freak athlete who will be the latest elite prospect to receive the Larry Johnson tutelage. 

As for how Sawyer ended up at Ohio State, it seems as though he had a strong bond with current Buckeye defensive end Alex Williams, who also played at Pickerington North.

"Coming in as a freshman last year and starting on one of the best teams in the state at the same position, on the other side of Alex Williams ... he kind of took me under his wing," Sawyer said in November. "He stayed in my ear, taught me how to act and respond to criticism. He played a big part in my early stage of becoming a big-time prospect."

The Buckeyes now have started off their 2021 recruiting class with a bang, and Ryan Day certainly hopes that this will help Ohio State steamroll their way to another top-five class.

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