Ohio State has officially signed the first member of its recruiting class of 2021.
The football program announced Saturday that Australian punter Jesse Mirco, who committed to the Buckeyes in May, has officially signed with Ohio State.
While the rest of Ohio State's recruiting class of 2021 will have to wait until at least Dec. 16 – the first day of this year's early signing period when high school seniors can officially sign their National Letters of Intent – to sign with the Buckeyes, Mirco is able to sign earlier as he is already 23 years old.
The Mirco File
- Class: 2021
- Size: 6-foot-3/200 lbs
- Pos: P
- Previous Team: ProKick Australia
- Composite Rating: ★★★
- Composite Rank: 4 (P)
Mirco, who plans to enroll at Ohio State in January, will come to the Buckeyes from ProKick Australia, the same program for Australian kickers and punters that developed former Ohio State punter Cameron Johnston, who became one of the best punters in school history and is now entering his third season with the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles.
“I didn’t have to think twice about committing to the best school in the country. I’m super excited to be a Buckeye and be a part of the best college football program in the world,” Mirco told Eleven Warriors after his commitment.
Currently ranked as the No. 4 punter in the recruiting class of 2021, Mirco will likely be in line to succeed current senior Drue Chrisman as Ohio State's punter of the future.