2021 North Carolina Four-Star Defensive End Jahvaree Ritzie Puts Ohio State In Top Five

By April 27, 2020 (2:00 pm)Football

Ohio State could be going for its second commitment in the state of North Carolina for the 2021 class with Kernersville (N.C.) Glenn four-star defensive end Jahvaree Ritzie putting the Buckeyes in his top five schools, along with Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Ritzie is ranked as the 14th-best strong-side defensive end and the No. 160 prospect overall in the class, and is the eighth-highest ranked recruit out of North Carolina. If he were to commit to the Buckeyes, he would be joining Cornelius (N.C.) William Amos Hough four-star running back Evan Pryor as the second player out of the state in Ohio State’s 2021 class.

At The Opening Regional on April 28, 2019, Ritzie put up a 5.13-second 40-yard dash, a 4.94-second shuttle time, and a 31.5-inch vertical. He also was measured at 6-3 1/2 and 265 pounds, but is currently listed on 247Sports as 6-4 1/2 and 274 pounds.

Ohio State may currently be facing an uphill battle if it wants to further pursue Ritzie, as there are four Crystal Ball predictions for the four-star end, all of which are predicting a commitment to North Carolina, who holds the No. 2 class in 2021 behind only the Buckeyes.

Brandon Huffman, national recruiting editor for 247Sports, had Ritzie’s NFL comparison as Dallas Cowboys defensive end Joe Jackson.

“Physical at the point of attack, plays low and with leverage and strikes at his blocker when bull-rushing. Physical hitter who can get to the quarterback but also stuff the run in an instant. Had good tenacity and disruptive at the line of scrimmage. Can line up off the edge or move inside and use his first step to gain an advantage,” Huffman wrote on Ritzie. “Needs to continue to add an arsenal of moves. Projects as multi-year Power 5 starter and third-day NFL draft selection.”

Along with Ritzie, Ohio State is looking at other players on the defensive line, including Sammamish (Wash.) Eastside Catholic five-star defensive end J.T. Tuimoloau; Belleville, Mich., five-star tackle Damon Payne; Gaithersburg (Md.) Quince Orchard four-star tackle Marcus Bradley; and Oradell (N.J.) Bergen Catholic four-star tackle Tywone Malone.

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