Ohio State offered in February of his junior year and he got to campus that June. The spring continued to be a fruitful recruiting time for Ohio State. Occasionally, he would tell her he got a new offer. Carrico visited Ohio State in early April, then got to Wisconsin and picked up an offer from the Badgers. In September, he committed. McCord had said he grew up liking Rutgers, where his father had been a quarterback and Michigan. March concluded with the five-star, Henderson, committing without having been to campus. The next priority was adding another interior defensive lineman to pair with Hall. “Coach Johnson and Coach Day make […] Still, they made the best of the situation. He had played varsity as a freshman at Hopewell (Va.) but at the time, it would have seemed more likely that Kerry Coombs would be calling him one day and not Tony Alford. The following spring, Pendleton took the head job at Ironton. One brother, Nick, played at Minnesota while another, Alex, played at New Mexico. Sawyer was the first in-state offer in the 2021 class, and the first commit. Find great Berkeley, CA real estate professionals on Zillow like Jack Sawyer of Jack Sawyer Hartline could get him to the NFL and the school could get him to where he needed to be after football was done. He had committed to the Buckeyes in March, shortly after it was announced recruiting visits would cease because of Covid-19, without ever having been to the school. Louisville was the first Power Five in March followed by Iowa State. He had played varsity his freshman year at Steilacoom in Washington. Jackson was in, giving the Buckeyes now two top ten recruits in the country with Sawyer the other. At the time, it was still uncertain when visits would resume, but Williams wanted to visit Ohio State when he could. Hancock committed to Clemson in March, but prior to that, the Buckeyes had been a leader. – Jack Sawyer on c.j. Offers continued to come in. Ohio State's 2021 class is currently ranked No. For five-star running back Treyveon Henderson, it was his first time on campus. Jack was united in marriage to Favette “Bobbie” Miller in 1968. In contrast to the start of this class, with players like Jack Sawyer who were pegged as Power Five recruits before entering high school, Michalski was a 5-foot-11 defensive tackle at that point. Now he was making a varsity impact in football. 1 running back and No. Jayden Ballard and Jakailin Johnson played in state title games. His school timed him at 4.94 in the forty on a laser. 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. Sawyer. Her response? 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. Dunn’s 7-on-7 coaches refer to him as a “freak.”. 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. That off-season, he verified his athleticism. It was that upbringing that resulted in McCord throwing for 38 touchdowns as a sophomore on a tough route to a state title. Ironton is down in the 740 area code, closer to Kentucky and West Virginia than it is to Columbus. 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 had a good year. Fremantle to Melbourne, where ProKick is based, is a similar distance between Columbus and Los Angeles. Police say Jack Sawyer studied the Columbine shooting and told a friend that the killings at a school in Florida this week were "fantastic." The Buckeyes offered going into his junior year and Johnson helped his team bring home a state title that fall, just two years removed from that one-win season. JACK SAWYER: Like, if I do ever die, it's like I would want it to be that way. 2 nationally, per the 247Sports Composite. After the month of March he had, and making lightning strike twice with blue-chip running backs who had not visited, that was hard to argue. Maye had not been back yet, but was not close to a commitment at that time. COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — Jack Sawyer, the No. "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. 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. He took it to heart and so did his grandmother, who regularly had him over for meals. There was not a season in Virginia, so Tyleik Williams and Treveyon Henderson did not play. Over the next three seasons, Jackson would live up to the early hype – which not all middle school stars do. In April, the Buckeyes had offered Manassas (Va.) Unity Reed’s Tyleik Williams. A week later, and after three more Power Five offers came, Ohio State offered when Carrico attended their spring game. “I hadn’t been on campus in a while,” Pryor said. Now Treveyon Henderson was about to do the same. Almost a year prior, Michigan had offered Kyle McCord. 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. With the commitment compete, McCord finally was able to celebrate, tweeting “THE CONNECTION CONTINUES.” The following day, St. Joseph’s Prep beat Father Judge 49-0. He was on the varsity as a freshman at LaSalle College in Wyndmoor (Pa.). Four-star safety Jantzen Dunn out of Kentucky committed in April. Pittsburgh and Toledo offered and by the winter contact period, many major programs were in the building including Ohio State. Florida offered the following August. 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. Ohio State commit Jack Sawyer is considered to be the No. He did an afternoon session of one-on-ones and despite that not being Hartline’s position, the talent was obvious and Johnson had an offer. In May, punter Jesse Mirco and Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro athlete Denzel Burke joined. In the winter, they were a top option for Donovan Edwards out of Michigan, and had also offered two national recruits out of Texas in Camar Wheaton and LJ Johnson. Michalski’s off-season improvement showed up right away as his school began their 2020 season. But players like Joe Burrow had made sure colleges knew they could not forget to comb the area for talent. He didn't just play, he made an impact with 44 passes for 808 yards and 13 touchdowns. The relationship built between the Buckeyes and Chapman led to him putting Mirco on their radar. In July, Memphis was his first offer and Ohio State offered the following day. 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. Next was Streetsboro (Ohio) defensive tackle Michael Hall. He graduated from Wellington High School in 1942. Soon, major colleges were offering this kid from Floyd Central, a school which had not had a Power Five scholarship prospect. That set up a showdown with St. Joseph’s Prep in the Catholic League final. DeSmet Jesuit cornerback Jakailin Johnson came largely to work out for the Buckeyes. December 16, 2020. McCord and his go-to receiver, Marvin Harrison Jr., set up visits to Ohio State for February as well as April’s spring game. When Darren Bennett honeymooned with his wife in California and reached out to the San Diego Chargers for a tryout in 1993, the idea of taking an Aussie rules player and making them into an NFL punter was virtually unheard of. In January, the Buckeyes had added Justin Fields to their roster and now they had already secured their quarterback in the 2021 class. "The blueprint is out there when you look at what the Bosas have done, Chase Young as well," Sawyer said. He was still striking people on defense too with 48 tackles. 1 running back in the country status. With that complete, he was ready to go through his college options. While the circumstances were different, they were just happy to be physically sitting with each other after months of group texts and virtual interaction, part of which came during a lockdown. Floyd’s Knob, where the school is located, is in Indiana, but is close to Louisville than it is any college town in Indiana. Henderson would go on to score 53 touchdowns and amassed 3,000 all-purpose yards. That first visit felt comfortable. McCord was ready, the Buckeyes were ready and he was the one they wanted. Class in 2021: Freshman Measurables: 6-foot, 5-inches, 248 pounds Hometown: Pickerington, Ohio. Sawyer was ready to inject excitement into that week. Defensive end Jack Sawyer . Jackson had already attended third-party camps and visited Texas A&M. A lanky, gangly sophomore, he was beginning to look like a Division I prospect. Pryor was supposed to be back on campus later that month. Mirco and Burke joined Henderson as commits who had yet to visit campus. Their second visit to Ohio State would not be just a drop-in to see the spring game they would come in on Thursday and spend time with the staff. At the time, Sawyer was well-built for a freshman, but still 6-foot-5 and only 200 pounds. At the time, the question was, would summer camps still happen? Mirco played for the same West Australian Football League Team that Bennett played for, the East Fremantle Sharks. As a group, there were eight Top247 prospects among them and three five-stars. 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. Ohio State had much to offer him from a football and academic standpoint. They made their own visit happen with the Buckeye Bash. Ohio State was celebrating the commitment of blue-chip tight end Jeremy Ruckert. The Buckeye history at cornerback spoke for itself though, and he and his family were excited about what Ohio State could help him do after football. As the dead period continued to be extended, the Buckeyes again turned to virtual recruiting to build the relationship. "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. 2019 Stats: 37 tackles, 19 tackles for … Already a physical player, he added 20 pounds of muscle. With the dead period being extended, there was no guarantee the recruits would be able to see one another. Now Mattison is at Ohio State and Marvin Harrison Jr. is set to be a Buckeye. "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. He was working out all the time, not just adding weight, but staying flexible and explosive. Just two weeks after he was in Baton Rouge though, he decided he wanted recruiting done before their playoffs started. He was also practicing against varsity players at this point and winning reps. That included Cameron Johnston at Ohio State. The family had a great experience with Day, quarterbacks coach Mike Yurcich, who had only been with the Buckeyes since January, and the rest of the staff. Justin Fields will turn 22 in March. When Mel Tucker and his staff were at Colorado, they were the first to offer Aurora (Colo.) Cherokee Trail tight end Sam Hart. The nation’s top quarterback recruit Caleb Williams was considering the Buckeyes some, but he seemed a ways off from making a decision. Ohio State got in fairly early on Hart. The spring of his sophomore year, the traffic began and Carrico was invited to visit Michigan State, Iowa State, Nebraska, Ohio State and Wisconsin. Nationally, they only offered 11 backs in the 2021 class as compared to 24 in 2020. Indiana State offered, a shock to him at that time. One of Henderson’s biggest goals was to get to the pros and take care of his mother. 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. One month prior to that, Ohio State had also offered Drake Maye out of Charlotte on a gameday visit he took to Columbus. DE Jack Sawyer. The week before McCord visited Ohio State for their spring game, McCarthy had gone to Michigan’s. Three weeks later, he was in the class. Sawyer is a Columbus-area native and could see a significant amount of playing time at defensive end in 2021. Buckeye special teams coordinator Matt Barnes reached out, then Mirco found himself on a ZOOM with Coach Day. It was fitting the Buckeye Bash was the brain-child of Jack Sawyer. He also carried a 4.0 GPA and mentored elementary school children. Pendleton worked to get major colleges to notice. Pendleton was an assistant back at his alma mater when they played Ironton and he noticed Carrico’s talent as a freshman. Jack Sawyer, 18, was arrested on Feb. 15 for an alleged plot to shoot up his former high school. Knowing they would not get to spend an official weekend together, the commits came together and planned their own Buckeye Bash. Pickerington, OH. Smith turned into a monster at the end of the year and should get a hard look as a starter. They now had five commits, four from Ohio. They rented a bus which they used to get around. That June, both Christman and Ballard attended a massive recruiting weekend which featured a large group of official visitors and many top underclassmen targets. 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. 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. Both his parents were Gopher alums with his father playing football and mother a swimmer. PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- In a lot of ways, Pickerington North freshman defensive end Jack Sawyer is just like any other 15-year-old. He was a starting defensive back on a state title team making 82 tackles and intercepting two passes. The Buckeyes were believed to be one of the leaders in that recruitment. It was the Monday before National Signing Day, but it was the second year of the Early Signing Period, which had greatly take the steam off of February’s Signing Day. Weakside defensive end. Much of the Buckeyes’ 2021 recruiting class was seated at a Buffalo Wild Wings in Columbus. Is the highest-rated prospect in Ohio State’s class according to 247Sports … a five-star player who is the No. Harrison Sr. never put the pressure on his son and Jr. did not seem phased by the expectations he entered high school. 1 overall player in Ohio, the No. Quarterback Kyle McCord . Twitter Share. Jack Sawyer - 5 Star Weakside defensive end for Ohio State on BuckeyeGrove. Those experiences on campus, the frequency of a tight end being in the formation, academics and the relationships built from before his recruitment had truly gone national all pointed him to the Buckeyes. The top-ranked player in Ohio and No. That came to fruition his freshman year when played on the varsity and made an impact, the signature play an interception he returned for a touchdown. He visited the Buckeyes with his teammate and said he fell in love as soon as he walked in. The pressure of famous dads makes some athletes, breaks others. — Jack Sawyer (@jacksawyer40) August 14, 2020 Both announcements now make three high-profile recruiting commitments that plan to sit out their senior years of high school and enroll early at OSU in hopes of getting in on the action for a spring season. And the man he worked with at that first camp back in 2017, Greg Studrawa, was still the offensive line coach at Ohio State. He is one of ProKick’s most successful alums, having just signed a new deal with the Philadelphia Eagles last March. In the May of his freshman year, his father’s collegiate alma mater, Syracuse, became his first offer. Get the fastest scores, stats, news, LIVE videos, and more. He was already 6-foot-5, 265 pounds at that point, and had attended several MAC camps in the summer, getting himself on the radar. 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. Duke offered first the winter of his sophomore year, then the floodgates opened up. Indiana, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame and others offered before his sophomore season began. His first opportunity to do anything even remotely similar was the Buckeye Bash. 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. SAWYER PROFILE. The second in-state offer was extended two months after Sawyer committed when Massilon Washington wide receiver Jayden Ballard came to camp and earned an offer from the Buckeyes. In Columbus that day, he saw the Bosa brothers first-hand. LSU offered the next day, Virginia Tech, Iowa, Texas, Penn State, USC, Northwestern and Notre Dame came in the next month and a half. 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. Dunn was able to sneak in in the spring just before visits shut down. Christman let the weekend finish out, returned home and the following Wednesday, joined the class. At the time, the Ravens linebacker coach was Greg Mattison. Studrawa then got in touch with Michalski, explained that they wanted to see what his film looked like at his new weight and that there was one offensive line spot left. "It was a super difficult decision and anyone who knows me knows I would’ve liked to have been out there competing," Sawyer said Wednesday during a National Signing Day special on ESPN. What better place to do that than the place that had sent Dobbins, another back he watched carefully in Ezekiel Elliott, and many other backs to the league? He also filled in on the offensive line and showed potential there. One month after McCord committed to the Buckeyes, McCarthy gave his verbal to the Wolverines. In the fall of his junior year, Sam was offered by the Gophers. 4 player nationally and the nation’s No. 1 wide receiver, No. The March commitment run coincided with Covid-19 shutting down college visitation. CLICK HERE to download the CBS Sports Mobile App and get the latest on your team today. In the months that followed, Alabama, Arkansas and Tennessee offered, but Hall never wavered. He said he could hardly wait for signing day to get here. As a senior, he rose to the cusp of five-star status. He had already been working with former NFL defensive back Reggie Jones for two years at that point. Email Share on Reddit Share on Twitter Share on Facebook. Jack Djr Sawyer, age 62, Atlanta, GA 30327 View Full Report. Jack was the very first verbal commit to Ohio State for the Class of 2021 and he submitted his letter-of-intent first thing this morning. I'm looking for to getting there and working with the coaches.". Twitter; Instagram; Jack Sawyer @jacksawyer40 (Pickerington North) 12-16-20 . 6'5'' | 240 lbs. Just a few weeks prior to the spring game, McCarthy had come to Columbus for a visit. 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. 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