January 9, 2020

14 Early Enrollees Arrive On Campus, Begin Classes


COLUMBUS, Ohio – When the calendar flipped to 2020, a new chapter officially began to be written in the lives of 14 new members of the Ohio State football program. Those 14 student-athletes – part of a 24-member 2020 recruiting class – enrolled and began classes at Ohio State beginning on Jan. 6. It is, by far, the largest group of early enrollees that the Buckeyes have ever had (the most, previously, was nine in 2017 and 2018).

The group includes nine players on offense and five on defense. They are:

  • Lejond Cavazos, a cornerback from San Antonio (IMG Academy; Bradenton, Fla.)
  • Mookie Cooper, a wide receiver from St. Louis, Mo. (Pattonville High School)
  • Jacolbe Cowan, a defensive lineman from Charlotte, N.C. (Providence Day School)
  • Julian Fleming, a wide receiver from Catawissa, Pa. (Southern Columbia High School)
  • Darrion Henry-Young, a defensive lineman from Cincinnati (Princeton High School)
  • Paris Johnson Jr., an offensive tackle from Cincinnati (Princeton High School)
  • Trey Leroux, an offensive tackle from Norwalk, Ohio (Norwalk High School)
  • Jack Miller, a quarterback from Scottsdale, Ariz. (Chaparral High School)
  • Gee Scott Jr., a wide receiver from Seattle, Wash. (Eastside Catholic High School)
  • Jaxon Smith-Njigba, a wide receiver from Rockwall, Texas (Rockwall High School)
  • C.J. Stroud, a quarterback from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. (Rancho Cucamonga High School)
  • Ryan Watts, a cornerback from Little Elm, Texas (Little Elm High School)
  • Kourt Williams, a safety from Bellflower, Calif. (St. John Bosco)
  • Luke Wypler, an offensive lineman from Montvale, N.J. (St. Joseph Regional High School)

By position, the class of early enrollees includes two quarterbacks, two defensive linemen, four wide receivers, three offensive linemen, two cornerbacks and one safety. The early enrollees come from nine different states (Arizona, California, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington).

Many of the newest Buckeyes arrived in Columbus last weekend straight after playing in either the Under Armour All-American Game or U.S. Army All-American Bowl. One of them – Paris Johnson Jr., the nation’s top-ranked tackle – received both the Anthony Munoz Lineman of the Year and All-American Bowl’s Man of the Year awards. Fellow early enrollee Kourt Williams was a nominee for the Man of the Year.

Prior to the start of spring practice the first week of March, the newest Buckeyes will not only acclimate to their new classes and new surroundings, but they’ll also go through winter conditioning workouts with Mickey Marotti, Ohio State’s assistant athletic director for sports performance, starting next week.

 Rau Makes 15
Ohio State has a 15th newcomer who is participating in winter workouts: Corey Rau, a tight end from Katy, Texas, has joined the program as a walk-on. He’s a graduate transfer from SMU who was a member of the American Athletic Conference All-Academic Team. He earned his undergraduate degree in sport management.

Important Upcoming Dates
Winter conditioning will continue into March with spring drills set to begin the week of March 2. Spring break for Ohio State students is March 9-13 and this year’s Spring Game will be held April 11.