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Jack Sawyer: Top-ranked recruit loves pressure, setting tone for Ohio State

Jack Sawyer has avoided camps, but the Ohio State commit is still country's top-ranked 2021 prospect. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Jack Sawyer: Top-ranked recruit loves pressure, setting tone for 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 Jack Sawyer, who returns to Lettermen Row for the second time to talk about his recent move up in the national recruiting rankings.

When 2021 5-star prospect Jack Sawyer joined us on Birminology back in February just days after committing to Ohio State, he was ranked as one of the country’s top-10 sophomore prospects. A 6-foot-5, then-220-pound defensive end, Sawyer could’ve have been preparing for national recruiting combines like The Opening, The Rivals 5-star Challenge and others like it, but he wasn’t. He was playing basketball and trying to bring a state title to Pickerington North High School.

When basketball was over, Sawyer still decided against the big recruiting camps, choosing instead to work on regaining the weight he lost during basketball season after he dropped down to 207 pounds. And he focused on preparing himself for three specific summer dates instead: The three one-day camps hosted by Ohio State since those all gave him the chance to work with Larry Johnson.

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Ohio State commit Jack Sawyer (left) is trying to lead the way for others in 2021. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

In the modern recruiting world, one that so often requires buzz and flash to earn offers or ascend in the national rankings, Sawyer has stayed grounded and focused on preparing for college rather than padding his social media clout.

So far, that’s paid off for him. Sawyer is now the top-ranked player in the country according to the composite rankings. and with that bump comes pressure that the Buckeyes first 2021 commitment believes he’s ready to handle.

How will those expectations change his approach to his junior season? Why won’t Jack Sawyer make the camp rounds in the future and what does he believe he has to do in order to win Mr. Football in Ohio?

Get the answers to those questions and more this week’s 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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