For the past decade, the Ohio State Buckeyes have landed some of the best recruits at the defensive end. Joey Bosa, Nick Bosa, and Chase Young are held in the highest regard to be elite in the NFL. Can the Buckeyes have the same talent at both ends for the next two to four years? Enter Defensive Ends T.J. Tuimoloua and Jack Sawyer.
Jack Sawyer is a 6’5, 248-pound freshman defensive end. He came from Pickerington North High School where he was named a USA Today All-American in 2019. ESPN rated him as one of the highest-ranked recruits in the nation for the 2021 class. Last season he opted out of his senior season due to covid opt-outs. During the spring game, he did not disappoint nor did he didn’t lose a step while taking the year off.
How good was Jack Sawyer in High School before the opt-out? In his freshman season, Jack Sawyer was moved from backup tight end to starting defensive end. The transition took some time but he was able to collect 58 tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss, and 3.5 sacks.
In his Sophomore season, Sawyer had a breakout season collecting 62 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, and six sacks. After that season Sawyer committed to the Ohio State Buckeyes. He chose the Buckeyes over offers from Michigan, Notre Dame, Penn State, and Oklahoma. Then after that, he went insane over every high school offense. In his Junior season, he recorded 13.5 sacks and 19 tackles for loss before suffering a torn MCL in the state playoffs. His opting out never hurt his game while he gave himself time to heal.
J.T. Tuimoloua is a 6’4 and 277-pound defensive end from Eastside Catholic in Washington. He is ranked first in the whole 2021 class and he will be harassing offensive lines for Ohio State. T.J.had offers from Alabama, Texas A&M, Washington, UCLA, Oregon, and USC. He helped lead Eastside Catholic to two 3A State titles in his sophomore and junior year. His talent should get him to start as a freshman and like Sawyer should be a top-ten draft pick when it’s time to leave for the NFL.
J.T. is a generational prospect, one the nation hasn’t seen in decades. In 2018, he was ranked number one in his class, and every year since he was ranked number one according to 247. J.T. was the last high prospect to commit as he did it on July 4th. With the lack of practice time, he might take a bit to get his true talent in gear but by the time the end of the season rolls around his stats will be off the charts. Look to see this mammoth player to go first overall when he leaves for the NFL. That’s my crystal ball for J.T. Tuimoloua.
J.T. isn’t just an elite athlete on the field but is also a true talent off the field. He is a leader in his community, a leader in the church, and a model class citizen in the school. He will create an impact immediately on and off the field when he gets on to the campus.
What Will the Buckeyes Get Out of These Monstrous Defensive Linemen?
It comes down to payback. In 2018 the Ohio State Buckeyes got robbed of seeing Nick Bosa and Chase Young play together due to the Bosa injury that season. Now, you have two of the top four players in the country playing at the same time for several seasons. Bosa was ranked eighth in the rankings and Chase Young was seventh in the rankings in their respective classes. If J.T. and Jack Sawyer play up to their rankings this could be the best defensive end pairing of all time.
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