Ohio State four-star defensive end commit Kenyatta Jackson and four-star linebacker commit Gabe Powers have been named the Gatorade players of the year in Florida and Ohio, respectively, in recognition of their athletic excellence, academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field.
The 6-foot-5 and 231-pound Jackson is considered the eighth-best edge defender and No. 70 prospect overall in the class of 2022, as he’s recorded 55 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, 15 quarter back hurries and 14 sacks to lead Hollywood (Fla.) Chaminade-Madonna Prep to the state championship game, which takes place this Friday.
Jackson – who committed to the Buckeyes in mid-October and joins his teammate, four-star cornerback Ryan Turner, in the class – also volunteers his time at a local football camp for children with disabilities.
The 6-foot-4 and 235-pound Power, meanwhile, is considered the fifth-best linebacker and No. 49 prospect overall in the class of 2022, as he recorded 90 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, four forced fumbles and six sacks to lead Marysville, Ohio, to the Division I regional final this fall.
Powers, who is one of five in-state players in the Buckeyes’ 2022 recruiting class, also volunteers locally as a youth football and basketball coach and been involved in multiple community service initiatives through his church.
Both Jackson and Powers are now finalists for the Gatorade National Football Player of the Year award, which will be announced in December. They’ll also have the opportunity to present a $1,000 grant to a local or national charity of their choosing that helps young athletes realize the benefits of playing sports through Gatorade’s “Play It Forward” platform.
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