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Jacolbe Cowan: Athletic 4-star defensive lineman commits to Ohio State

The Buckeyes have landed their third defensive lineman in the Class of 2020 with the commitment of Jacolbe Cowan. (Special to Lettermen Row)

Ohio State Football Recruiting

Jacolbe Cowan: Athletic 4-star defensive lineman commits to Ohio State

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 themselves. Birminology shows who the young men being recruited by Ohio State truly are — by talking to them. Today’s guest is Jacolbe Cowan, who has just announced his college decision.

It’s been almost two-and-a-half years since the recruitment of Charlotte (N.C.) Providence Day defensive lineman Jacolbe Cowan began.

In that time, Cowan has seen his up fair share of ups and downs, from dealing with a shoulder injury that slowed down his sophomore season, to earning an invitation to The Opening this past summer in Dallas. In between those moments, he’s made three separate trips to Ohio to get to know the Buckeyes coaching staff, a staff that has recruited him in earnest for almost two years, dating back to Urban Meyer and Ryan Day’s first visit to his high school in early 2018.

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Jacolbe Cowan visited Ohio State in November of 2018. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

Between that trio of trips to Columbus and multiple visits to each of Cowan’s other finalists — Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee and Clemson — North Carolina’s No. 7-ranked prospect has reached the biggest moment of his high school football career: he’s made a college decision.

Cowan has chosen Ohio State and will become the third defensive lineman in the Class of 2020 for the Buckeyes, joining Darrion Henry and Ty Hamilton as future Rushmen for Larry Jonson.

Why did the country’s 15th-ranked defensive tackle prospect pick the Buckeyes? How long has he known where he wanted to be? How did the chance to play for the legendary Johnson affect his decision? How will Cowan, who prefers to play defensive tackle, be used at Ohio State and what has driven him to where he is now?

Find out those answers and more in this special commitment edition of Birminology on Lettermen Row.


Birm is Lettermen Row's Director of Recruiting and the site's primary Ohio State sports photographer. A Toledo, Ohio native, Jeremy has been in similar roles for and and has been covering the Buckeyes for seven years.

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