No. 1 recruit to skip last HS season, train for OSU

  • ESPN staff writer
  • Joined ESPN in 2011
  • Graduated from Central Michigan

With the status of high school football in Ohio still up in the air, the top-ranked prospect in the country has decided he will forgo his senior season and train for early enrollment at Ohio State.

Jack Sawyer, a 6-5, 230-pound defensive end at Pickerington North High School, has been committed to Ohio State since February 2019. He had planned on enrolling at Ohio State in January, but he now is taking his senior season off to train for college.

He isn’t the Buckeyes’ first commit to forgo his senior season of high school football, either. Uncertainty across the country has caused other recruits to make similar decisions.

The Buckeyes currently have the No. 1 ranked recruiting class for 2021.

TreVeyon Henderson, the top-ranked running back in the class, lives in Hopewell, Virginia, where the state has already pushed high school football to the spring. Henderson announced on July 19 that he would be preparing for early enrollment as well.

Henderson has been putting himself through track workouts and lifting weights with a trainer, while still working on individual football drills by himself. Henderson is joined in his decision by fellow running back Evan Pryor from North Carolina, tight end Sam Hart out of Colorado, and cornerback Jordan Hancock from Georgia.

Hancock announced he would miss his senior season on Aug. 3, but he had a different reason than his future teammates. The ESPN 300 recruit tweeted his mother is currently fighting breast cancer and his father has heart conditions.

“I love North Gwinnet and will never forget the precious memories I made with the community, the coaches and my brothers I call my teammates,” Hancock wrote on social media. “Memories that will resonate with me for a lifetime and my family’s lifetime matters the absolute most to me. I love the game of football but this is not a time for me to be selfish and think about myself.”

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