Ohio State will not have opportunity to break Notre Dame's All-American Bowl commit record
The 2021 All-American Bowl, scheduled for January 2 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, was canceled Tuesday, NBC Sports announced, citing “health and safety concerns amid the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The high school seniors slated to participated will instead be celebrated in an NBC special, “All-American Bowl: Declaration Day” on the originally planned date of the game.
With this cancelation, Ohio State will miss out on an opportunity to tie or surpass Notre Dame’s record of 12 commits playing in the contest, set in 2008.
The Buckeyes could still break the record for commits invited, but these student-athletes will not receive the opportunity to suit up for the game.
Ohio State’s 12 commits who were planning to partake are split evenly down the middle, six on offense, six on defense.
On the offensive side of the football, the Buckeyes have secured pledges from, in alphabetical order, Massillon, Ohio wide receiver Jayden Ballard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania wide receiver Marvin Harrison, Jr., Hopewell, Virginia running back TreVeyon Henderson, Bellaire, Texas guard Donovan Jackson, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania pro-style quarterback Kyle McCord and Cornelius, North Carolina running back Evan Pryor.
Transitioning to the defense, Ohio State possesses Ironton, Ohio inside linebacker Reid Carrico, Streetsboro, Ohio tackle Mike Hall, Suwanee, Georgia cornerback Jordan Hancock, St. Louis, Missouri cornerback Jakailin Johnson, Pickerington, Ohio end Jack Sawyer and Manassas, Virginia tackle Tyleik Williams.
Featuring a total of 20 commits, 247Sports currently ranks Ohio State’s upcoming class as the second-best nationally, trailing only Nick Saban’s Alabama Crimson Tide.