Ohio State has a lot more recruiting championships lately than national championships, and they’ve added another trophy to the mantle in 2021.

According to ESPN, the Buckeyes have become the first school in the ESPN 300 era to sign the nation’s top overall recruit in back to back classes. Last year it was wide receiver Julian Fleming out of Catawissa, Pennsylvania, while this season it was in-state defensive end Jack Sawyer out of Pickerington, Ohio. 

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According to both ESPN and 247 Sports the Buckeyes have the Big Ten’s top class and the second best class in the country, behind only Nick Saban’s New Red Army squad down in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The Buckeyes have signed 21 players in the early hours of the first day of the Early Signing Period, while the Crimson Tide have 22, according to both services.

Ohio State is 6-0 this season and plays Northwestern Saturday on FOX for the Big Ten Championship. That game kicks at Noon ET. The Buckeyes are currently ranked fourth in the College Football Playoff and, if they beat the Wildcats, are a consensus betting favorite to get the invite to the sports Final Four showdown.