Football: Ohio State recruit Jack Sawyer opts out of senior season with Pickerington North

JARROD ULREY
julrey@thisweeknews.com
Ohio State recruit Jack Sawyer announced Aug. 14 that he won't play his senior season for Pickerington North.

Senior Jack Sawyer won’t play this fall for the Pickerington North football team.

Considered a five-star recruit, the Ohio State commit made the announcement on his Twitter account Aug. 14.

“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 has been recruited as a defensive lineman, but he also played quarterback for the Panthers last season as they went 6-5. During North’s 36-17 loss to Olentangy Orange in the first round of the Division I, Region 3 playoffs, Sawyer sustained a torn MCL in his left knee in the second quarter.

Sawyer was named the OCC-Ohio Division Defensive Player of the Year last season. He had 37 tackles, 19 tackles for loss and 13.5 sacks and also completed 79 of 135 passes for 1,056 yards with nine touchdowns and three interceptions.

He also was named first-team all-state and all-district on defense.

On Aug. 11, the Big Ten announced it was canceling the fall sports season and that it would attempt to play football in the spring.

“We have nothing but support for Jack,” Panthers coach Nate Hillerich said. “(He is) not only one of the best high school players of all time, but an unbelievable person. There is no doubt he will have an unbelievable career at the next level.” 

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