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SI All-American Candidate Jack Sawyer Highlights and Evaluation

Jack Sawyer is a defensive line prospect from Pickerington North High School in Pickerington, Ohio. Sawyer is an SI All-American candidate.

Prospect: Jack Sawyer 
Status: SI All-American Candidate
Vitals: 6-foot-5, 230 pounds
Position: Defensive End
School: Pickerington (Ohio) North Pickerington 
Committed to: Ohio State 
Projected Position: Defensive End 

Frame: Tall, broad and long prospect still early in his physical development. Considerable room to add mass. 

Athleticism: Armed with strong body control and the ability to bend on that ideal edge frame. Comfortable attacking from a stand-up or hand-in-the-dirt position. Also a varsity basketball player. Dabbles on offense as a quarterback and pass-catcher, where his high football IQ and awareness shines through – in addition to laughable power as a ball-carrier. 

Instincts: Sawyer is a strong disengager with great quickness and lateral ability thereafter, movement skill that couples well with his great length to maximize the ground he can cover within the box. Solid spacial awareness enables him to impact the game even without getting to the ball-carrier. 

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Polish: Strong. Uses a snap first step, giving way to the conversion of speed to power to get blockers off balance. Sawyer can attack a retreating protector with a full toolbox including a spin move, hesitation dip and classic bull rush. He can come downhill with such force that the threat of counter moves can clear a path to the passer. Combines well with strong hand technique, the ability to eliminate a blocker’s extension with power or speed. Plus hand technique with the ability to eliminate a blocker’s extension with power or speed. Against the run, plays functional at the point of contact and can play within his responsibility enough to set the edge. 

Bottom Line: Sawyer is a natural athlete who can impact the game on any given play. He is the type of edge disrupter an offense would have to account for before every snap. The future Buckeye looks to be a three-down dominator on defense with the room to grow into a traditional defensive end or even defensive tackle in a four-man front.