Ohio State '20 TX OL (SR) - Donovan Jackson ('22 First Team All-BIG)

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    Offensive tackle
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    Ht: 6'4"
    Wt: 270 lbs
    Class: 2021

    Ohio State has offered.

     
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    A FOOT IN THE DOOR BEFORE ANYONE ELSE

    High school prospects are starting to make an impact earlier than ever, so it should come as no surprise Ohio State offered a scholarship offer on Tuesday afternoon to Houston Christian offensive tackle Donovan Jackson.

    "I was ecstatic to hear the news because I grew up wanting to be a Buckeye," Jackson told Eleven Warriors. "I have lots of family in Ohio, and we're all Ohio State fans."

    The 6-foot-4, 270-pound Jackson is only entering his freshman year of high school, so he doesn't have a ranking from any of the four major recruiting sites. But I have a feeling he'll be one of the top-rated prospects in the Class of 2021, as Memphis has offered and schools like LSU and Texas A&M have also expressed interested early on in the process.

    "It's been a whirlwind," Jackson said, "but I'm blessed to be in the situation that I'm in. I have an amazing support group by my side."

    Jackson made his first and only trip to Columbus for a one-day camp in mid-June, so his familiarity with campus and facilities certainly helps the Buckeyes get a leg-up in his recruitment. There, he spent time with offensive line coach Greg Studrawa and defensive coordinator Greg Schiano. But even with all that said, there's still a long way to go before you can even begin to speculate what kind of impact Jackson could have or what the staff's needs will be for his class.
     
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    24/7Sports released their initial 2021 Top 100 rankings...……

    No. 22 - Texas four-star offensive tackle Donovan Jackson
     
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    Ohio State impresses family of 2021 lineman Donovan Jackson
    With a host of former Ohio State players in attendance and a number of top prospects on hand, the spring game was designed to impress recruits and their families. It appears the goal was met with most players.

    “It was a great day,” Todd Jackson, the father of 2021 4-star offensive lineman Donovan Jackson, told Lettermen Row. “The strength in athletics was expected, but it was great to learn more about the Real Life Wednesday program with guest speakers and their strong internship program.”

    Jackson, the country’s ninth-ranked offensive tackle, has plenty of Ohio roots. And the father of the 6-foot-4, 308-pound lineman indicated there will be no push from him or wife to keep the young prospect in Texas for college.

    “We’ve both told him he has no boundaries on his decision,” the elder Jackson said. “We’ll be there by car or by plane to support him. My wife is from Ohio, and I grew up in Cleveland.”

    As for the Ohio State message to the Episcopal (Bellaire, Texas) standout? It’s simple.

    “Basically they’re just wanting to let Donovan know he has a home with the Buckeyes,” Todd Jackson said. “Whenever it’s time to make the decision.”
     
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    Donovan Jackson Reflects on Spring Game Visit
    Texas offensive tackle Donovan Jackson was in Columbus for Ohio State’s spring game on Saturday for just his third visit since being offered as an eight grade standout a couple years ago.

    “I expected to get the same spiel I get from other visits, but Coach (Greg Studrawa) and Coach (Ryan) Day made it known that I have a home at OSU.”


    Jackson, rated as the No. 9 offensive tackle in the 2021 class by 247Sports, had made one other visit besides participating in a summer camp in Columbus and said he feels like his relationship with the coaching staff is building toward something good.

    When the No. 9 Texas recruit received his offer in eighth grade, former Ohio State coach Greg Schiano was the one to extend the offer and Urban Meyer was the head coach. Now the staff is taking on a new look under Day, though Studrawa is a lasting figure for Jackson at Ohio State, but that doesn’t necessarily affect the way Jackson views the program.

    “It hurt for a little bit,” Jackson said about Schiano’s departure. “But I’ve learned to fall in love with the University, not the coaching staff.”

    What Jackson said he really likes about Ohio State is its Real Life Wednesday program as well as its internship program that will ensure opportunities for him after school.

    A big pull for Ohio State in Jackson’s case, though, he said, is his family in Ohio. His mother’s side of his family is from Cincinnati and that is what is providing an extra push for Ohio State through the coaching changes especially.

    “Having the majority of my family living in Ohio is a big pull towards the University,” Jackson said. “My mother raised me to be a Buckeye.”

    Along with Ohio State, Jackson is getting heavy attention from Texas, Texas A&M, Alabama and Stanford.
     
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    Donovan Jackson Releases Top-12
    Texas offensive tackle Donovan Jackson released his top-12 list Monday, and Ohio State was included among a group that also included Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas A&M and Texas.

    That’s significant for the Buckeyes in the No. 7 2021 offensive tackle’s recruitment because the staff has changed completely from the primary recruiters he was dealing with since receiving his offer in eighth grade. That offer was extended by Greg Schiano, and Jackson also had a good relationship with Urban Meyer.

    But he was in Columbus from Bellaire, Texas, in April for the Ohio State spring game, and it left a lasting impression for the 6-foot-4, 308-pound lineman.

    “I expected to get the same spiel I get from other visits, but Coach (Greg Studrawa) and Coach (Ryan) Day made it known that I have a home at OSU,” Jackson told Eleven Warriors in April.

    That “home” is also close to family. His mother’s side of the family is from and still resides in Cincinnati.

    Jackson had a solid performance at The Opening Finals as one of only a few participants from the 2021 class. He won the offensive line MVP award to sweep the linemen MVPs with fellow 2021 prospect Korey Foreman. Jackson also ran the shuttle in 4.63 seconds and jumped 32.2 inches in the vertical jump – both good marks for an offensive lineman.
     
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