Why is Ohio State ranked No. 1 in the recruiting wars for the Class of 2021?
Just take a look at the top high school football defensive linemen and you’ll see why. The Buckeyes own verbal commitments from three of the top eleven recruits, according to the 247sports.com composite rankings.
Ohio State head coach Ryan Day has gotten verbals from in-state players Jack Sawyer, No. 3 in the rankings, of Pickerington North and No. 11 Mike Hall of Streetsboro. No. 7 Tunmise Adeleye of IMG Academy (Florida) has said yes to Coach Day.
Jack Swayer, North Pickerington (Ohio)
The top-ranked guy up-front on the defense is Korey Foreman, a strong-side defensive end from California’s Corona Centennial. Foreman, de-committed from Clemson earlier this year, had five sacks last year. On Wednesday, he tweeted his top seven schools.
I am a young black man that is happy and proud of my race. The Black Lives Matter movement is and forever will be powerful and definitely never forgotten. These are the schools I will now be focusing on the most. Set the standard and— Korey Foreman (@koreyforeman54) July 9, 2020
.. be different pic.twitter.com/YDjHSndKuS
At the The Opening 2019, Foreman, who is 6-4, 265-pounds, was named the defensive lineman MVP.
Korey Foreman, Corona Centennial (California)
Out of the State of Washington, Eastside Catholic’s J.T. Tuimoloau is the No. 2 ranked defensive lineman. Ohio State is also in the running for Tuimoloau’s talents
J.T. Tuimoloau, Eastside Catholic (Washington)
Damon Payne of Belleville High in Michigan is expected to head south when he announces his college decision. Many expect him to end-up at the University of Alabama.
Damon Payne, Belleville (Michigan)
Maason Smith of Terrebonne in Louisiana is ranked No. 5. On the 4th of July he announced his Top 8 — Georgia, LSU, Florida, Oregon, Alabama, Miami, Oklahoma and USC.
Maason Smith, Terrebonne (Louisiana)
Defensive Linemen, Class of 2021
No. 1 Korey Foreman, SDE – Corona Centennial (California) – Uncommitted
No. 2 J.T. Tuimoloau, SDE – Eastside Catholic (Washington) – Uncommitted
No. 3 Jack Sawyer, SDE – Pickerington North (Ohio) – Ohio State
No. 4 Damon Payne, DT – Belleville (Michigan) – Uncommitted
No. 5 Maason Smith, DT – Terrebonne (Louisiana) – Uncommitted
No. 6 Leonard Taylor, DT – Palmetto (Miami, Florida) – Uncommitted
No. 7 Tunmise Adeleye, SDE – IMG Academy (Florida) – Ohio State
No. 8 Dylan Brooks, WDE – Handley (Alabama) – Tennessee
No. 9 Dallas Turner, WDE – St. Thomas Aquinas (Florida) – Alabama
No. 10 Tywone Malone, DT – Bergen Catholic (New Jersey) – Uncommitted
No. 11 Mike Hall, DT – Streetsboro (Ohio) – Ohio State
No. 12 Lee Hunter, DT – Blount (Alabama) – Auburn
No. 13 Demeioun Robinson, WDE – Quince Orchard (Maryland) – Maryland
No. 14 Keeshawn Silver, SDE – Rock Mount (North Carolina) – North Carolina
No. 15 Payton Page, DT – Dudley (North Carolina) – Uncommitted
No. 16 Cade Denhoff, SDE – Lakeland Christian School (Florida) – Clemson
No. 17 Tyreak Sapp, SDE – St. Thomas Aquinas (Florida) – Florida
No. 18 Clayton Smith, WDE – Texas HS (Texas) – Oklahoma
No. 19 Marcus Burris, SDE – Pleasant Grove (Texas) – Uncommitted
No. 20 Landon Jackson, WDE – Pleasant Grove (Texas) – LSU
No. 21 Jeremian Williams, WDE – Ramsay (Alabama) – Uncommitted
No. 22 Kelvin Gilliam, WDE – Highland Springs (Virginia) – Uncommitted
No. 23 Gabriel Rubio, DT – Lutheran of St. Charles County (Missouri) – Notre Dame
No. 24 Monkell Goodwin, SDE – National Christian Academy (Maryland) – Uncommitted
No. 25 Elliot Donal, DT – Pittsburgh Central Catholic (Pennsylvania) – Uncommitted