His school timed him at 4.94 in the forty on a laser. He knew the other qualities of the program were what he wanted. When Mel Tucker and his staff were at Colorado, they were the first to offer Aurora (Colo.) Cherokee Trail tight end Sam Hart. Jack Sawyer, the No. 247’s Charles Power called him “the most complete running back prospect in years.”. The Buckeyes really honed in on top targets at running back. As a freshman, Williams looked like a future standout linebacker, but then he added 60 pounds that off-season, retained his athleticism and became an no-brainer at defensive tackle. Pickerington North’s Jack Sawyer confirmed the news via Twitter on Saturday, announcing that he would have surgery to repair the injury, and is expecting a full recovery. Justin Fields will turn 22 in March. Sawyer was the foundation of this class, committing so early that he would have been the seventh verbal in the previous recruiting class. The week before McCord visited Ohio State for their spring game, McCarthy had gone to Michigan’s. It was a ZOOM meeting with Day and Coombs that was the final nudge Suwanee (Ga.) North Gwinnet cornerback Jordan Hancock needed to become a Buckeye. CBS Sports is a registered trademark of CBS Broadcasting Inc. did not play his senior prep season this fall, 2021 class is currently ranked No. Florida offered the following August. "The blueprint is out there when you look at what the Bosas have done, Chase Young as well," Sawyer said. The 2020 high school football season was a mixed bag for Ohio State’s class. Carrico visited Ohio State in early April, then got to Wisconsin and picked up an offer from the Badgers. "I’ve been working out as hard as I can four or five times a week and taking my diet more seriously.”. Ohio played, but Jack Sawyer made the difficult decision to opt out and prepare for his future. Even as a sophomore, when he was playing defensive end now at 6-foot-4, 185 pounds, he was a long way away from a college scholarship. Defensive end Jack Sawyer . After the Ryan Day and Tony Alford had made contact and offered, Hart’s recruitment took off. He was working out all the time, not just adding weight, but staying flexible and explosive. Ohio State offered in February of his junior year and he got to campus that June. An immediate varsity starter, Jackson had to deal with his share of trash talk from opponents that season, but the freshman handled it like he had handled training and recruiting to that point, with maturity beyond his years. "I just feel like it was the right thing to do with the uncertainty and with me going early, I wanted to get my body physically ready to get there. The number one high school player in the state of Ohio was defensive end Jack Sawyer. Fremantle to Melbourne, where ProKick is based, is a similar distance between Columbus and Los Angeles. DeSmet Jesuit cornerback Jakailin Johnson came largely to work out for the Buckeyes. Soon, major colleges were offering this kid from Floyd Central, a school which had not had a Power Five scholarship prospect. SI All-American takes a look at the game of Ohio State defensive end commitment Jack Sawyer, one of the top overall prospects in the class of 2021. Known as a relentless recruiter, Coombs picked up right where he left off, consistently staying in contact with Dunn, Burke, Turrentine, Johnson and the other defensive backs. By the time Bennett was done playing, he had made the NFL All-Decade team, two Pro Bowls, and had opened the door for others to follow. He quickly got pulled up with the best groups at Ohio State and showed he had physical skills, but also technique well beyond his years at that point. With the dead period being extended, there was no guarantee the recruits would be able to see one another. His family referenced their Real Life Wednesdays after he committed. He and Burke had been recruited, in part, by Kerry Coombs, who returned to Ohio State from a stint with the Tennessee Titans in January after Jeff Hafley became the head coach at Boston College. Pendleton was an assistant back at his alma mater when they played Ironton and he noticed Carrico’s talent as a freshman. Indiana, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame and others offered before his sophomore season began. McCord and his go-to receiver, Marvin Harrison Jr., set up visits to Ohio State for February as well as April’s spring game. He took several weeks to consider that offer – after all, Louisville was his dream school growing up – but sensing the opportunity at Ohio State, Michalski de-committed from Louisville at the end of September. Several weeks after Minnesota offered, Hart made it to Columbus for a top ten showdown between Ohio State and Penn State with the Buckeyes winning 28-17. But players like Joe Burrow had made sure colleges knew they could not forget to comb the area for talent. He ran 10.94 in the 100-meter dash. At the time, it was not either of his childhood favorites or the Buckeyes who were the Crystal Ball leader, but Penn State. A week later, and after three more Power Five offers came, Ohio State offered when Carrico attended their spring game. Three weeks later, he was in the class. The spring continued to be a fruitful recruiting time for Ohio State. Ohio State got in fairly early on Hart. That was furthered when he visited for a game later that fall. One of Henderson’s biggest goals was to get to the pros and take care of his mother. 12 Buckeye commits had accepted invitations to play in the All-American Bowl and Ben Christman had been selected to the Under Armour All-American Game. They were diligent about working on the craft and understanding the position and that polish was evident as he began attending camps and national events late in middle school and into high school where he impressed with his arm strength and mechanics. Immediately, Ohio State took notice. Ohio State was celebrating the commitment of blue-chip tight end Jeremy Ruckert. Ohio State's 2021 class is currently ranked No. A week later, he caught two against his father’s alma mater Roman Catholic. It was there he met Michael Thomas, a receiver he looked up to. “I hadn’t been on campus in a while,” Pryor said. He had played varsity as a freshman and only caught three passes, but two of those were touchdowns and he also threw a touchdown. December 16, 2020. That is when his coaches came to him and said if he wanted to play college football, he should add weight and commit to playing offensive tackle. As the dead period continued to be extended, the Buckeyes again turned to virtual recruiting to build the relationship. He didn't just play, he made an impact with 44 passes for 808 yards and 13 touchdowns. The offers kept coming in, but Johnson stayed in contact with the staff and visited the Buckeyes several times that year including a practice for that playoff game against Clemson. When the Buckeyes offered him a scholarship, he said it was an easy decision. He was still striking people on defense too with 48 tackles. Just over a month later, McCord and Harrison were hoisting the state championship hardware yet again. It was fitting the Buckeye Bash was the brain-child of Jack Sawyer. His father Lyle played football at Findlay, and his mother Michelle not only played basketball at Bowling Green, but was a standout, earning multiple post-season honors. The school clocked him sub four seconds in the shuttle. Jack Sawyer. Carrico took a moment after the offer blitz of spring and summer to prepare for his high school season and let the visits he took settle in. Get the fastest scores, stats, news, LIVE videos, and more. Still, they made the best of the situation. 2008 was Marvin Harrison’s last season with the Indianapolis Colts. Buckeye special teams coordinator Matt Barnes reached out, then Mirco found himself on a ZOOM with Coach Day. Weakside defensive end. That was after a season where he had 13 sacks. By that point, he had nearly 30 offers already with Alabama, LSU and more on that list. Almost a year prior, Michigan had offered Kyle McCord. 2 strongside defensive end in the 2021 recruiting class. In January, the Buckeyes had added Justin Fields to their roster and now they had already secured their quarterback in the 2021 class. He was with McCord when he verballed to Ohio State during the spring game. He and his family handled recruiting with similar diligence. Quarterback Kyle McCord . He also filled in on the offensive line and showed potential there. He didn't just play, he made an impact with 44 passes for 808 yards and 13 touchdowns. March concluded with the five-star, Henderson, committing without having been to campus. Harrison Sr. never put the pressure on his son and Jr. did not seem phased by the expectations he entered high school. The two, who had been comparing notes and exchanging messages since their freshman year of high school, would now see each other once every fall. "I think he's one of the best young coaches and I had a lot of trust and belief and him when he took the job," Sawyer said. A week later, he was a Buckeye. 1 wide receiver, No. DeSmet was 1-9 Johnson’s freshman year, then 9-3 during a breakout sophomore campaign for him. Even from a young age, Jack had shown athletic talent. In any other year, they would have been inside The Horseshoe. It has made it challenging for recruiting sites like 247 to evaluate and rank the legion of punting prospects suddenly coming out of the Land Down Under thanks to ProKick, an organization that is developing these players, many coming from a background of Australian Rules football – into college prospects and then helping connect them with American coaches. The relationship built between the Buckeyes and Chapman led to him putting Mirco on their radar. At the end of that freshman year, Harrison transferred to St. Joseph’s. 2020 was a strange year, a different year, but in a year of firsts, one constant was that the Buckeyes still had one of the very best recruiting classes in the country. By the time he visited Ohio State for a spring practice that year, Penn State, Michigan State, Kentucky, Pitt and Maryland had also offered. Hall camped several places with Raw Talent going into his junior year and earned offers from Kentucky, Cincinnati, Michigan State and others. For five-star running back Treyveon Henderson, it was his first time on campus. By Stephen Means, cleveland.com COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Jack Sawyer has the easiest and maybe the most boring Ohio State football recruiting journey you’ll … He was the first commit, and he was early, but he did not want to be alone for long. "You take that and pair it with a great education, lots of connections between the 600,000 alumni network and there is not really too much worry about outside football," Egbuka told Brandon Huffman. Carrico’s older brother Garrett led Ironton to a conference title before playing at Mount Union. He visited the Buckeyes with his teammate and said he fell in love as soon as he walked in. Running Back TreVeyon Henderson . On a quarterbacks board that had gone through changes, McCord was now No. Like Ballard, Revere’s Ben Christman played varsity as a freshman, starting at guard. McCarthy and McCord found each other on social media early in their careers recognizing they were going through a very similar process. Meet the Buckeyes. 1 rated high school football player in Ohio, signed his national letter of intent to play at Ohio State on Wednesday. Visit Jack Sawyer's profile on Zillow to find ratings and reviews. One of his last big performances at Lucas Oil Stadium that year was a two-touchdown day against the Baltimore Ravens that included a 67-yard score. One month prior to that, Ohio State had also offered Drake Maye out of Charlotte on a gameday visit he took to Columbus. Edit. Dunn’s 7-on-7 coaches refer to him as a “freak.”. It was around that time in the late summer that the Buckeyes, looking for an additional lineman in the class began contacting then-Louisville commit Zen Michalski. At the time, it was still uncertain when visits would resume, but Williams wanted to visit Ohio State when he could. He was a proud World War II veteran and a devoted Christian. 3 overall recruit in the Class of 2021, committed to Ohio State on Sunday. As a group, there were eight Top247 prospects among them and three five-stars. The next priority was adding another interior defensive lineman to pair with Hall. He started a March commitment run with running back Evan Pryor out of North Carolina committing the next day, then Nashville-based cornerback Andre Turrentine the day after that. As a senior, he rose to the cusp of five-star status. Jack Sawyer, 18, was arrested on Feb. 15 for an alleged plot to shoot up his former high school. hicks learning to be a peer recruiter When we spoke with Sawyer a few days prior to him officially signing his name to Ohio State in December, we talked about that a bit. Hancock committed to Clemson in March, but prior to that, the Buckeyes had been a leader. When that was cancelled, he got in touch with Day and Alford and committed. At the time, the Ravens linebacker coach was Greg Mattison. His mother’s side of the family lives in Ohio, but that was more of a bonus than a driving factor behind his decision. Pryor was supposed to be back on campus later that month. 1 wide receiver Emeka Egbuka, committed to the Buckeyes. 1,400 Followers, 2,058 Following, 18 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from Jack Sawyer (@rustysawyer) Smith turned into a monster at the end of the year and should get a hard look as a starter. Hometown: Pickerington, Ohio High School: Pickerington North. In the fall of his junior year, Sam was offered by the Gophers. When Ryan Day was announced as Buckeye head coach, shedding his interim tag, he immediately stated how important in-state recruiting was and would continue to be to him and the Ohio State program. PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- In a lot of ways, Pickerington North freshman defensive end Jack Sawyer is just like any other 15-year-old. Sawyer expects to play early in Columbus as a blue-chip prospect along a defensive front that's expected to replace much of its power next season. It was two months into the pandemic now and Ohio State had gotten pretty good at this virtual recruiting thing. Tucker, now at Michigan State, will have to coach against Hart. “Ohio State was just the best place for me,” Sawyer told Lettermen Row. McCord had said he grew up liking Rutgers, where his father had been a quarterback and Michigan. Now Mattison is at Ohio State and Marvin Harrison Jr. is set to be a Buckeye. Twitter; Instagram; Jack Sawyer @jacksawyer40 (Pickerington North) 12-16-20 . Ohio State had much to offer him from a football and academic standpoint. Stony Brook even extended a basketball offer. They rented a bus which they used to get around. Texas A&M was his first offer back in his sophomore year. Is the highest-rated prospect in Ohio State’s class according to 247Sports … a five-star player who is the No. 2 nationally, per the 247Sports Composite. He was also a good athlete who entered high school already being able to dunk a basketball. Since his recruitment ramped up after the visit shutdown, Michalski had never been on a single college visit. The nation’s top quarterback recruit Caleb Williams was considering the Buckeyes some, but he seemed a ways off from making a decision. Sawyer is a Columbus-area native and could see a significant amount of playing time at defensive end in 2021. JACK SAWYER: Like, if I do ever die, it's like I would want it to be that way. 1. While the circumstances were different, Alford had gotten JK Dobbins committed and signed without him ever visiting Ohio State during the recruiting process. His first opportunity to do anything even remotely similar was the Buckeye Bash. "I know if (I go there) with my head down and working as hard as I can, things are going to take care of itself. The first recruit Day was asked about was Sawyer. After he posted his highlights from their first game, his head coach received a call from Studrawa. Just a few weeks prior to the spring game, McCarthy had come to Columbus for a visit. The weekend began with a Friday BBQ and a verbal commitment from Ballard. Occasionally, he would tell her he got a new offer. © 2005-2021 CBS INTERACTIVE ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. In January, the same week the Buckeyes offered McCord, they also offered Harrison Jr. ... @SIAllAmerican both on Twitter and Instagram. Henderson would go on to score 53 touchdowns and amassed 3,000 all-purpose yards. Before he got to high school, there was already talk he would be one of the best to play at Pickerington North, a school which multiple alums playing in the NFL. Immediately, the new coach, who had played in Mark Dantonio’s very blue-collar Spartan program, instituted a similar philosophy at Ironton compete with hellacious early morning workouts. He visited schools, including going down to LSU for a game. Sawyer was the first in-state offer in the 2021 class, and the first commit. On a list of top schools for McCord that had gone through changes, Ohio State was now No. He also played receiver, and maintained those receiving skills once he moved to running back the following year and broke out with 1,989 yards and 39 touchdowns. Midwest Recruiting Expert Discusses #2 Prospect Jack Sawyer (0:45) Midwest recruiting expert Allen Trieu reports on the #2 prospect in the country, Jack Sawyer. 1 running back in the country status. The top-ranked player in Ohio and No. Several weeks later, he came to Columbus and witnessed a Buckeye victory over Illinois. Throughout his recruiting rise, Michalski still went to his grandmother’s as much as he could. He will arrive on campus, 11,000 miles from home, in January as a 23-year old freshman. Al Washington came to the school in May, then Johnson came to camp in June show the staff he was offer-worthy – and he was. Two days after he watched the Buckeyes play in the College Football Playoff that December, Hart called Alford and gave Ohio State his verbal. I'm looking for to getting there and working with the coaches.". Reid Carrico led his team to the state title game after an outstanding senior year. 1 overall player in Ohio, the No. He was on the varsity as a freshman at LaSalle College in Wyndmoor (Pa.). Jackson was in, giving the Buckeyes now two top ten recruits in the country with Sawyer the other. In him, they got yet another defensive back whose high school coaches said had NFL upside with his man to man skills and 4.4 speed. In the May of his freshman year, his father’s collegiate alma mater, Syracuse, became his first offer. Day had offered Burke after personally coming to Saguaro High in January and the rest of the staff came in from there. In April, Director of Player Personnel Mark Pantoni said Alford was one of the best recruiters on the staff. After a sophomore season in which McCord and Harrison Jr. helped lead their team to a state title, Penn State offered, then West Virginia, then Baylor. He played in a basketball game, helping North win an 82-22 rout, then called Ryan Day and gave his verbal commitment to Ohio State. Ironton High’s head coach Trevon Pendleton had been an area standout at Portsmouth West before walking on at Michigan State and becoming a starter at fullback. Marshall offered first, then nearby Ohio, then Toledo. Now Treveyon Henderson was about to do the same. He received a scholarship offer from Ohio State before he had a driver’s license. Harrison Jr. gave Ohio State his verbal on Halloween. 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