For the second year in a row, Ohio State has added a defensive line prospect from North Carolina to its recruiting class.
Jacolbe Cowan, a 4-star prospect from Charlotte, N.C., just committed to the Buckeyes’ 2020 class. Last year, Larry Johnson pulled DT Jaden McKenzie out of the Tar Heel state.
I am truly blessed to be in this position, without the man above none of this would ever be possible.
I am 100% COMMITTED!!! ??
And then there was 1… pic.twitter.com/ZVkSpZ5RM7
— J C 1️⃣2️⃣ (@JacolbeCowan12) October 5, 2019
Cowan measures 6-foot-5, and is listed at 277 lbs. He ran a 4.47 shuttle time at The Opening, an impressive time for a player of his size. That combination of size and athleticism makes him close to a prototypical Larry Johnson defensive lineman. He will likely start his Buckeye career at the 3-tech spot played by Jashon Cornell and Haskell Garrett this season, but could slot in elsewhere, depending on how he develops.
Cowan is ranked as the No. 15 defensive tackle in the class of 2020, and the 163rd-best player overall in the 247 Composite.
He picked the Buckeyes over offers from schools like Georgia, Alabama, Clemson, Oregon, Michigan, Notre Dame, and Penn State.
The Buckeyes got in on his recruitment early, offering him a scholarship just after his sophomore season in January 2018.
Cowan visited Columbus in March 2018, and then made an official visit to OSU back in June. That was his only official visit, which made it pretty clear which way his recruitment was trending.
— J C 1️⃣2️⃣ (@JacolbeCowan12) March 28, 2018
His commitment brings OSU’s 2020 class to 23 members. DT Darrion Henry and DE Ty Hamilton are the only other defensive linemen currently committed to the class.
You can watch Cowan’s junior season highlight reel below.