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Ohio State ‘dream school’ for Georgia defensive back
There will be a number of new names popping up on the list of expected visitors for the Ohio State and Wisconsin game this weekend, and one prospect to know is Georgia defensive back Jordan Hancock.
A 6-foot, 170-pound cornerback at North Gwinnett High School, Hancock is a player who has been in regular contact with the Buckeyes coaching staff since the start of September.
“I’ve been talking to [Ohio State defensive coordinator] Jeff Hafley,” Hancock told Lettermen Row. “He’s a great coach and we’re building a good connection. I talk to them every day. Coach Hafley almost every day, Ryan Day almost every day and sometimes Greg Mattison.”
Ohio State has not offered Hancock to this point, but almost 20 schools have — including Florida and Notre Dame. He believes that Hafley and the Buckeyes could extend that opportunity this weekend when he heads north to visit Columbus for the first time.
“Coach Hafley said they want to offer me in person so it can ‘stick,'” he said. “They like my footwork and the attention to detail in my game. They said they think I’m very polished for my age.”
If an offer comes this weekend, the Buckeyes could be positioned as the team to beat early in this recruitment.
“I love Ohio State,” Hancock said. “It’s truly a dream school. They’re ‘DBU.’ I’m just looking for a place that feels like home.”
Hancock is making the trip to Ohio State with his mother and father. He has no timeline for a college decision.
Jack Sawyer, Landon Jackson developing friendship
The Buckeyes are eager to add big-time talents to their 2021 recruiting class — especially among the defensive line. With 5-star defensive end Jack Sawyer leading the way, so far Ohio State is off to a good start.
Sawyer has actually been a sounding board for another potential 5-star defensive end in recent weeks.
“We have been talking,” Texarkana (Texas) standout Landon Jackson told Lettermen Row. “I reached out to him. I’m just seeing how he feels about Ohio State and seeing what would be a good game to catch this season.”
Clearly, Sawyer feels pretty good about Ohio State, and Jackson is starting to do the same. He’s hearing from Larry Johnson regularly and has his first visit to Columbus locked in.
“I talk to Coach Johnson two or three times a week,” the 6-foot-6, 240-pound Jackson added. “I’ll be up there for the Maryland game.”
In-state sophomores set for Ohio State visit
Two of Ohio’s best young prospects will make their way to campus for the Buckeyes epic home tilt against Wisconsin.
On Tuesday night, Westerville South wideout Kaden Saunders announced his intention to visit for the weekend on Twitter.
Ohio State this weekend 🌰📍
— 𝐊𝐀𝐃𝐄𝐍 𝐒𝐀𝐔𝐍𝐃𝐄𝐑𝐒 ² (@KSaunders03) October 23, 2019
Saunders has seven early offers, including Michigan and Penn State. But the 2022 prospect has not been on campus with Ohio State yet this season after visiting the Nittany Lions and Notre Dame in recent weeks. The Buckeyes are absolutely keeping an eye on the talented, 5-foot-10, 175-pound Saunders.
C.J. Hicks has been in Columbus once this season already, but he will return to town for the battle between the Buckeyes and Badgers. The 6-foot-4, 200-pound, Dayton-area standout is a potential 5-star in the Class of 2022 and Ohio’s top-ranked prospect in the sophomore class. He has 15 offers but is still waiting for Ohio State to extend one in his direction.
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