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Signed: Jacolbe Cowan

It's official: Ohio State signs four-star defensive end Jacolbe Cowan of Providence Day High School in Charlotte, North Carolina

Ohio State was very selective with defensive linemen in their 2020 class, but one player that had targeted for quite some time was Jacolbe Cowan of Providence Day in Charlotte. The efforts of Ryan Day and Larry Johnson paid off back on October 4, when Cowan announced for the Buckeyes over offers from North Carolina, Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon, Penn State, and many others.

The 6-foot-5, 265-pound Cowan is planning graduate early, meaning he will enroll at Ohio State in just a few weeks, for winter semester after the New Year. He can't wait to get to work for the Buckeyes.

"I’m looking forward to being a part of the brotherhood and gaining lifelong relationships, as well as being a part of something that’s bigger than myself," Cowan told BuckeyeGrove. "I believe that I will bring leadership, a competitive edge, and positive energy to the program."

Cowan signs with the Scarlet and Gray ranked as a 4-star, No. 138 overall, the No. 7 strong-side end, and No. 6 talent in North Carolina for 2020 per Rivals.

Gleitman's Thoughts

Cowan is a really intriguing prospect because of his versatility. He could either get a bit more shredded and then add some good weight to end up on the outside at strong-side end, or they could bulk him up and slide him inside as a 3-technique defensive tackle. He has both the strength, quickness, agility, and discipline to be able to both.

The North Carolina-native plays with a tremendous motor and in speaking with some people close to him, he has a very high football IQ, which has helped him make some game-changing plays along the defensive line throughout his high school career.

It's definitely easy to see Cowan as a significant contributor at Ohio State throughout his career, especially with how much Johnson likes to rotate his linemen. As a freshman, it wouldn't be surprising if he redshirts, but he definitely has the physical and mental ability to crack the rotation in some aspect during year one.