Jordan Hancock has played his final game of high school football.
Ohio State's most recent commit for the recruiting class of 2021, Hancock announced Monday on Twitter that he will sit out his senior season at North Gwinnett High School in order to protect his parents' health amid the COVID-19 pandemic, as first reported by 247Sports' Steve Wiltfong.
Thank You For Everything North Gwinnett pic.twitter.com/xIeqrzjYW2— jordan hancock (@jordanhancock_7) August 3, 2020
“After long nights of talking with my family, my supporters and my heavenly father himself, I've decided to sit out my senior year due to my mother's current breast cancer fight and my father's current heart conditions,” Hancock wrote. “I love North Gwinnett and will never forget the precious memories I made with the community, the coaches and my brothers I call my teammates.
“We only have one lifetime and my family's lifetime matters the absolute most to me. I love the game of football but this is not a time for me to be selfish and think about myself.”
Ranked as the No. 5 cornerback, No. 9 player in the state of Georgia and No. 76 overall prospect for the class of 2021, Hancock committed to Ohio State in July just five days after decommitting from Clemson, where he initially committed in part due to a desire to stay close to his mother, who was undergoing radiation treatments for cancer at the time (which she has since completed).
Hancock becomes the second player in Ohio State's recruiting class of 2021 to confirm he will not play his senior season of high school football; running back TreVeyon Henderson will miss his senior year after Virginia moved its high school football season to the spring, as he has confirmed he will not transfer schools and will still enroll early at Ohio State in January.
Hancock is committed to the All-American Bowl, so it's still possible he could play in one more game before he becomes a Buckeye, but he'll be prioritizing his family over football this fall.