March 25, 2008

Wood excited about the Army game

It has been a whirlwind eight weeks for Pickerington (Ohio) Central high school safety Jamie Wood. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound four star defensive back was uncommitted and didn't even have an Ohio State offer around Groundhog Day 2008 and now the future Buckeye has his college choice out of the way and now knows that he will be taking part in the Army All-America game in 2009.

The No. 32 rated player in the most recent Rivals 100 had heard within the last week that he might be selected for the prestigious high school All-Star game and this week the hopes turned into reality when the call finally came.

"(Monday) someone from the Army All-America game gave me a call and said that I was invited and that they were going to send me official papers," Wood said. "I got them (Tuesday)."

Wood will likely be one of several players selected from the state of Ohio this year and even though he is not quite sure what to expect next he did realize that he might have let the cat out of the bag a little prematurely.

"I am not sure what else is going to go down," Wood said. "They said in the paper not to tell anyone but I already kind of did (laugh)."

Wood's recruitment picked up toward the end of his junior year but everything came to a head within the last month and the Central Ohio star feels honored and lucky to be thought of so highly for his on the field exploits and the opportunities that await him during his senior season and beyond.

"It is a blessing really," Wood said. "I can say myself that I would have considered myself a sleeper. I wasn't the top player in the country right from the beginning and I wasn't the in top-100 because nobody knew about me before. Now God has shown everyone that I have talent and I just consider all this a blessing right now that I am in this situation."

Pickerington Central recently held a combine where Wood was able to trim a fraction off of his 40-yard-dash time taking his time down from 4.5 seconds to 4.48. Wood maintained his bench press max at 300 pounds.

With the four star ranking and Army invite the senior to be has received a good share of ribbing from his friends about being one of the nation's top 100 players according to Rivals.com.

"I have been getting it all the time from past players and even the players on my team right now," Wood joked. "I don't let it get to my head though."

On the field Wood knows that his opponents will not be out there to joke with him and that a chance to make a play on a future Buckeye will look good on their football resume.

"I know I am going to be a marked man," Wood said. "I am going to have a huge target on my chest and it is going to be my job to keep an eye out and play my best and live up to what is expected of me."

Has recruiting slowed down in the past month for Wood after pledging to the Buckeyes on February 24th of this year?

"The mail still comes every day," Wood said. "I get letters from Stanford and a lot of other schools. Even Michigan has sent a couple of letters."

Is there any chance that the recruitment could open back up with so many schools still showing interest?

"I am still going to Ohio State (laugh)," Wood joked.

Wood racked up 65 tackles with seven tackles for loss, 15 pass break ups and an interception on defense during his junior season.


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