Ohio State football recruiting can be a wild ride full of twists and turns as recruits from all over the country ride a wave of emotions to signing day. Lettermen Row is here to help you navigate the tumultuous roads by taking you to the heart of the matter: with the young football players themselves. Birminology, hosted by Jeremy Birmingham, aims to show you who these young men being recruited by Ohio State truly are — by talking to them.
Today’s guest the first 2021 commitment for the Buckeyes, Pickerington North’s Jack Sawyer. Welcome to Birminology.
Jack Sawyer has a plan already in place for Ohio State.
The first step was committing, which the 6-foot-5, 230-pound sophomore at Pickerington North High School did on Sunday as the first player in the 2021 football recruiting class to commit to Ryan Day and Ohio State, choosing to end his recruitment with more than two years before he can ever sign a Letter of Intent.
Sawyer is a top 10-national football prospect, a talented basketball player and was a prospect of the highest priority for Day and the Buckeyes for months. But the pursuit kicked up a notch in December when Ryan Day took over for Urban Meyer.
“Me and Coach Day, early on, when he first took the job, he made one of his first stops to come to see me,” Sawyer said. “It means a lot to me that he’d come and see me early on when he has a bunch of 2019 recruits that he has to keep locked up.”
Now that he’s locked up, Sawyer is planning to turn his focus from being recruited to being a recruiter. He expects to bring one of Ohio’s best players — and a local rival — with him. He knows that his future coaches are counting on him to be the centerpiece of what could be a very special group of football players in Ohio’s sophomore class.
“Coach Day came to me and said that I’m the priority for them and that they need players like me from the state of Ohio,” Sawyer shared. “I can do huge things with being able to get guys to come, and it’s really on me to build a huge class.”
The future Buckeyes linemen talked about the timing of his decision, Ryan Day’s influence, his recruiting targets and more, including his thoughts on who would win in a game of one-on-one between he and Ohio State 2019 signee Cade Stover.
Check out the video below as Jack Sawyer joins Lettermen Row for the debut episode of Birminology.