Ohio State: California star offered, Jack Sawyer happy with coaching changes

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Jack Sawyer happy where things stand with Ohio State

We spoke briefly with Pickerington North 2021 5-star defensive end Jack Sawyer last week as Ohio State announced the hiring of a handful of new defensive coaches. The 6-foot-5, 240-pound sophomore shared a little bit about his initial impression of Al Washington.

“Coach Washington was the first coach to ever recruit back when he was at Cincinnati,” Sawyer told Lettermen Row.

Over the weekend, Sawyer spoke with Zach Fleer and 270Hoops.com. A basketball standout as well as the country’s third-ranked 2021 football prospect, Sawyer shared a bit more about the changes at Ohio State and how they’ve affected his recruitment to this point. Specifically, Sawyer praised Ryan Day for the effort he made soon after being named Urban Meyer’s replacement.

“Me and Coach Day, early on, when he first took the job, he made one of his first stops to come to see me,” Sawyer told Fleer. “It means a lot to me that he’d come and see me early on when he has a bunch of 2019 recruits that he has to keep locked up.”

That visit from Day resulted in a reciprocal trip from the local star.

“I did visit down there, too, for a bowl practice and had meetings with [Day] too,” he added. “I have a great relationship with him so far and I feel great about Ohio State right now.”

Ohio State offer big for California WR Lavon Bunkley-Shelton

Brian Hartline was in Washington on Monday and visited a handful of Ohio State targets and 2020 commitment in Gee Scott. On Tuesday, the now full-time receivers coach for the Buckeyes was back in Southern California, revisiting the shadows of the Rose Bowl that Ohio State left just two weeks earlier.

While he was in sunny SoCal, Hartline stopped into one of California’s best programs, Junipero Serra in Gardena. He offered 2020 receiver Lavon Bunkley-Shelton, a 6-foot, 180-pound 4-star prospect with offers from Oklahoma, Florida, Michigan, Oregon and Florida State among his first dozen-plus.

“It’s pretty surreal,” the country’s 32nd-ranked receiver said. “Coach Hartline was at Serra and offered after we talked. We’d been talking for about a week or two.”

The California star made a pitstop to see the Buckeyes practice while they were in Los Angeles for the Rose Bowl.

“It was cool to see how they get down,” he said. “I couldn’t talk to any of the staff, so it was kind of bittersweet.

“Tuesday was my first official meeting Hartline. But I’ve seen him before, so this is the first talking to him in person. I think the world of him he blessed the kid with the offer. He’s really cool and I would definitely love to play for him. I love the fact that he gave me positive feedback — but also some constructive criticism on some things I can do better and pointers on being a better wide receiver.”