Bellaire (Texas) Episcopal four-star offensive tackle Donovan Jackson took to Twitter on Thursday afternoon to announce he will make his college decision on Jan. 8.
I will be committing January 8th.
— Donovan Jackson (@D_jack78) December 5, 2019
The 6-4, 308-pound Jackson is considered the eighth-best offensive tackle and No. 49 prospect overall in the class of 2020. He included Ohio State in his Top 12 back in July alongside Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas and Texas A&M, though the Aggies have long been considered the biggest threat to the Buckeyes’ chances.
Jackson’ landed an offer from offensive line coach Greg Studrawa following a strong camp performance in June 2018. He returned for an unofficial visit for the spring game last April, as well as an unofficial visit for the 28-17 win over Penn State on Nov. 23.
“Ohio State is unique because you not only graduate with a great degree, but they provide so much after football,” Jackson told Buckeye Sports Bulletin.
Jackson’s interest in the Buckeyes should not come as a surprise given his parents are originally from Ohio, his grandmother still lives in Cincinnati and he grew up rooting for Ohio State. He would become the seventh member of Ohio State’s second-ranked 2021 recruiting class if he commits, joining Pickerington (Ohio) North five-star defensive end Jack Sawyer; Philadelphia St. Joseph’s Prep four-star quarterback Kyle McCord; Richfield (Ohio) Revere four-star offensive tackle Ben Christman; Philadelphia St. Joseph’s Prep four-star wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr.; Massillon (Ohio) Washington four-star wide receiver Jayden Ballard; and Ironton, Ohio, four-star linebacker Reid Carrico.
The Buckeyes are looking to bring on as many as six linemen in the cycle, with Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy four-star tackle J.C. Latham; Fairfax (Va.) Robinson Secondary four-star tackle Tristan Leigh; Clarkston, Mich.) four-star guard Rocco Spindler; and Lexington (Ky.) Frederick Douglass four-star guard Jager Burton among the staff’s top remaining targets.