Four-Star 2020 Defensive Lineman Jacolbe Cowan Commits to Ohio State

By Zack Carpenter on October 4, 2019 at 9:53 pm
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Charlotte (N.C.) Providence Day four-star senior defensive lineman Jacolbe Cowan announced on Friday that he has committed to Ohio State.

The Cowan File

  • Class: 2020
  • Size: 6-foot-5/262 lbs
  • Pos: DT
  • School: Providence Day School (Charlotte, N.C.)
  • Composite Rating: ★★★★
  • Composite Rank: 15 (DT)

Cowan, an Under Armour All-American ranked as the 2020 class’ No. 7 overall player in North Carolina and the No. 15-ranked defensive tackle nationally, announced his decision on his home field following his team’s Homecoming game Friday night. 

Cowan’s decision came down to Ohio State, Georgia and North Carolina, while Tennessee and Oregon were two more programs high on his list.

Cowan’s commitment to the Buckeyes is not much of a surprise, as Columbus was the only place where the 6-foot-5, 262-pounder made an official visit, and it was a unanimous belief among prognosticators that Ohio State was in the driver’s seat for attaining his talent. 

The Buckeyes, who offered Cowan a scholarship in January 2018, hosted Cowan unofficially that spring, unofficially again in November 2018 and then officially this past June. 

From there, Ohio State defensive line coach Larry Johnson continued an aggressive recruitment of the nation’s No. 165-ranked overall recruit, whom 247Sports' Charles Power described as a “long-limbed” potential day three NFL Draft prospect “with a big frame that should continue filling out once he gets in a college-level strength program.”

With the addition of Cowan, the Buckeyes tack on a top defensive line prospect who is listed by 247Sports as a defensive tackle but told Eleven Warriors that he plays strongside defensive end.

Cowan gives Ohio State its 12th four-star commitment in this class, 23rd overall 2020 commit, third 2020 commitment on Johnson’s defensive line and its highest-rated recruit among a defensive line group that includes Ohio players Darrion Henry and Ty Hamilton.

The Buckeyes came into the week with the country's third-best recruiting class. However, a recent rankings update led to LSU jumping Ohio State's class. The addition of Cowan has again vaulted them back up to No. 3.

OHIO STATE 2020 COMMITS
NAME POSITION OVERALL RANKING POSITION RANKING DATE OF COMMITMENT
PARIS JOHNSON JR. OT No. 8 No. 1 JUNE 28, 2018
JACK MILLER QB No. 238 No. 11 (PRO-STYLE) JULY 1, 2018
LUKE WYPLER C No. 73 No. 1 JULY 7, 2018
JAXON SMITH-NJIGBA WR No. 62 No. 10 NOVEMBER 4, 2018
GEE SCOTT JR. WR No. 63 No. 11 DECEMBER 25, 2018
JAKOB JAMES OG No. 805 No. 49 JANUARY 21, 2019
TREY LEROUX OT N/A No. 91 MARCH 11, 2019
LEJOND CAVAZOS CB No. 242 No. 22 (S) APRIL 12, 2019
JULIAN FLEMING WR No. 3 No. 1 MAY 31, 2019
JAKE SEIBERT K N/A No. 2 JUNE 4, 2019
GRANT TOUTANT OT No. 388 No. 30 JUNE 9, 2019
TY HAMILTON DE No. 735 No. 35 (SDE) JUNE 16, 2019
CLARK PHILLIPS CB No. 45 No. 4  JUNE 21, 2019
CODY SIMON LB No. 122 No. 9 (OLB) JUNE 29, 2019
DARRION HENRY DT No. 169 No. 17 JUNE 29, 2019
JOE ROYER TE No. 463 No. 14 JULY 2, 2019
MITCHELL MELTON LB No. 667 No. 43 (OLB) JULY 3, 2019
CAMERON MARTINEZ ATH No. 371 No. 15 JULY 4, 2019
JOSH FRYAR OL No. 421 No. 23 (OG) JULY 4, 2019
MOOKIE COOPER WR No. 77 No. 14 JULY 8, 2019
LATHAN RANSOM S No. 75 No. 4 JULY 16, 2019
KOURT WILLIAMS LB No. 162 No. 12 JULY 24, 2019
JACOLBE COWAN DE No. 165 No. 15 (DT) OCTOBER 4, 2019

The Buckeyes (294.05) now trail only Clemson (304.22) and Alabama (298.47) among the national rankings as they look to try and polish off the class with four-star running back Kevontre Bradford and four-star defensive end Tyler Baron, each of whom are officially visiting Columbus this weekend.

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