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Jack Sawyer won’t play senior football season at Pickerington North, will enroll early at Ohio State

Bill Rabinowitz
brabinow@dispatch.com
Jack Sawyer was a force on offense and defense for Pickerington North.

Five-star Ohio State commit Jack Sawyer announced Friday that he would not play his senior football season at Pickerington North.

Sawyer will enroll early at Ohio State.

“Thanks for the awesome 3 years playing for Pickerington North,” Sawyer said in a Tweet. “See you soon #BuckeyeNation.”

He then explained his decision.

“After extensive discussion with my parents and coaches regarding the uncertainty of this high school football season and the probability of a spring collegiate season, I have decided to focus on training and preparation for my early enrollment at Ohio State,” Sawyer said.

“I want to thank all of my coaches and teammates for their support throughout this difficult decision.”

Sawyer, a 6-foot-5, 248-pound defensive end, is the No. 3 overall prospect in the 247sports.com’s national composite rankings. He is the top-ranked player in the 2021 Buckeyes recruiting class that’s No. 1 in the country.

Sawyer spent much of the offseason rehabbing from a torn medial collateral knee ligament sustained in a playoff game in November.

The Big Ten announced this week that it would not play football this fall and is targeting playing in the spring instead if the COVID-19 situation allows for it. Ohio State coach Ryan Day said he would like for the resumption of football to begin in January.

The Ohio High School Athletic Association recently announced a plan for this year’s football season to consist of six regular-season games with all teams eligible for the playoffs. Gov. Mike DeWine is expected to announce Tuesday whether fall high school sports can be played.

Four other members of Ohio State’s 2021 recruiting class – TreVeyon Henderson, Jordan Hancock, Sam Hart and Evan Pryor – won’t play as seniors either because their seasons were canceled or because of COVID-19 concerns.

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