Ohio State football recruiting can be a wild ride full of twists and turns as recruits from all over the country maneuver their way to signing day. Lettermen Row is here to help navigate the tumultuous roads by getting to the heart of the matter with the young football players and Ohio State coaches and staff members themselves. Today’s guest is Jack Sawyer, the top-ranked player in the Buckeyes 2021 recruiting class.
After dealing with the difficult loss of his junior season of basketball, Jack Sawyer never imagined he’d be willingly surrendering his senior year of football but Covid-19 has changed a lot of things for a lot of people.
So, in order to be better prepared for early-enrollment at Ohio State, Sawyer has opted out of his final year of high school football at Pickerington (Ohio) North High School and now is working with one thing in mind: preparing to play for the Buckeyes as soon as possible.
That could be as soon as January if Ryan Day has his way, but whenever it is, Sawyer — who worked to get his weight up, he’s now 250-pounds — is going to be ready. He’s been preparing for it since he committed to the Buckeyes almost 18 months ago.
“I love expectations,” Sawyer told Lettermen Row last month. “I love the comparisons, and I can’t wait to put on that kind of performance when I’m at Ohio State. I don’t really look at it like it’s pressure. It’s what I wanted.”
Now what Sawyer wants is to finish the 2021 recruiting cycle with the country’s best class. Despite being the first commitment in the class and helping build the rest of the group around him, Sawyer has yet to meet a third of the class because the NCAA has not allowed any recruiting visits in the last six months as a result of Covid-19.
Sawyer has a plan to remedy that though, if he can pull it off. He’s hoping to bring his future teammates to Columbus for a makeshift official visit weekend at his home. How far into the plans for that is he? What’s the message for recruits the Buckeyes are still pursuing?
The 5-star Ohio State commitment shares his thoughts on those things and more in the latest episode of Birminology from Lettermen Row.