The high school football career of 5-star defensive end Jack Sawyer has come to a close. On Friday, the nation’s No. 3 player in the 2021 recruiting class announced that he will not play his final season at the high school level.

Sawyer intends to begin training for early enrollment at Ohio State, where he can begin his college football career in the spring.

“After extensive discussion with my parents and coaches regarding the uncertainty of this high school football season and the probability of a spring collegiate season, I have decided to focus on training and preparation for my early enrollment at Ohio State,” Sawyer wrote.

“I want to thank all of my coaches and teammates for their support throughout this difficult decision.”

Sawyer is ranked as the No. 3 strong-side defensive end in the 2021 recruiting class and the No. 3 overall prospect, per 247Sports. The Pickering, Ohio native has long been committed to the Buckeyes and is a big reason why Ryan Day and Co. currently own the nation’s top-ranked class for the cycle.

Five members of Ohio State’s 2021 recruiting class have opted not to play their final high school football season, due to all the uncertainty. TreVeyon Henderson (5-star RB), Jordan Hancock (4-star CB), Sam Hart (3-star TE) and Evan Pryor (4-star RB) have also decided not to play.

Henderson, Hart and Pryor are all planning early enrollment, while Hancock decided to sit out due to health concerns within his family.