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Ohio State commit honored as an All-American

Suwanee (Ga.) North Gwinnett Top247 cornerback Jordan Hancock has one more high school football game on his schedule before enrolling early at Ohio State.

The All-American Bowl.

The No. 4 ranked cornerback in the Top247 national player rankings was awarded his jersey to play in the All-American Bowl this week.

“It was amazing,” Hancock said when receiving his jersey in the mail. “It was really cool. It’s a huge honor because being recognized as one of the top players in the country means a lot to me.”

The All-American Bowl has been the nation’s premier high school sporting event over the last two decades, with the likes of Ezekiel Elliott, Trevor Lawrence, Adrian Peterson and Derrick Henry having suited up. It’s played inside the Alamo Dome every January in San Antonio, Texas with NBC bringing the national broadcast. Over 20,000 fans attend annually with a more TV viewers then any other all-star game combined.

This year’s version will be played Jan. 9. Hancock is not playing his senior season because of the Covid-19 pandemic but he does plan on taking the field in this year’s All-American Bowl.

“It’s really big,” he said. “I can play the best. I’m going up against the best receivers in the country and best players in the country.”

The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Hancock has been following the All-American Bowl for years.

“I know that a lot of great players played in that game like Jaylon Smith with the Cowboys and Jeffrey Okudah and stuff like that.”

Tabbed by the Top247 as the country’s No. 40 prospect regardless of position, Hancock is part of a Ohio State class ranked No. 2 nationally. He chose the Buckeyes over the likes of Clemson, Alabama and Georgia.

“What excites me is I’m going to have a chance to make an instant impact so that’s why I’m gaining a lot of weight now,” Hancock said. “I’m 180 right now and when I leave out of here I’ll be at 190. I’m getting ready for the Buckeyes so I can make an impact my freshman year especially with Shaun Wade sitting out that’s really big.”

Hancock added “the rich tradition of winning and producing defensive backs” led to him choosing the Big Ten powerhouse program. He’s been in the fold since July 19 and has really gotten to know his future teammates in the 2021 class.

“It’s a really special class,” Hancock said. “We’re definitely going to win some National Championships. Our bond is like a family. It’s like we’ve know each other 10 years, that’s how ti feels. I think we have every piece in this class and we can add a couple more.”

Hancock will be joined in the All-American Bowl by future Ohio State teammates Jack Sawyer, Treveyon Henderson, Kyle McCord, Donovan Jackson, Jakailin Johnson, Jayden Ballard, Mike Hall, Evan Pryor and Marvin Harrison Jr.

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