Jack Sawyer, a top recruit in the 2021 class, is getting an early start on his Ohio State career by skipping his senior season at high school.
Sawyer announced on Twitter he won't play for Pickerington North this fall to "focus on training and preparation" for his early enrollment at Ohio State.
Sawyer has been committed to Ohio State since Feb. 2019 after a visit to the campus with his parents.
"It was just the right decision for me," Sawyer told Bill Kurelic of 247Sports. "Me and my family talked about it yesterday, and we said there is no reason to wait. My family and I are really excited."
During a playoff game with Pickerington North last November, Sawyer suffered a torn MCL in his knee. There's no indication the injury will cause him any long-term problems.
Per 247Sports' composite rankings, Sawyer is a 5-star prospect and the No. 3 overall player in the 2021 class, with Barton Simmons writing the Ohio native is a "muscled, physically imposing defender" who can beat his opponents "in a variety of ways."
The Buckeyes' recent history of developing defensive ends is stellar, with recent alums Joey Bosa, Nick Bosa and Chase Young all turning into first-round picks in the NFL draft.
Sawyer will look to join that group when he suits up for Ohio State starting next year.