October 28, 2008

Jamie Wood focusing on the future

Pickerington (Ohio) Central high school star Jamie Wood has been a fixture recently at the Ohio State home football games. It is only a short 25 minute car trip for the four star member of the Rivals100 to make it on campus and Saturday night was a great chance for Wood to not only take in a great game but to also meet with several of his future teammates and get into the ear of some potential teammates.

Before the game during the Ohio State warm-ups it was a who's who of local and statewide talent on the sidelines as many of the top players from the Buckeye State and surrounding area were taking in the scene under the lights at the Horseshoe.

"There were so many people," Wood said. "I think there were like 83 recruits there or something like that… it was a crazy amount of people there so I didn't really get to see all the guys."

The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder admitted that he got to the festivities a little bit on the late side but that he did get to catch up with some familiar faces and some non-so-familiar ones as well.

"It was real nice and I saw the (usual guys) with Storm Klein and the guys who are at every game," Wood said. "I also got to meet some of the other guys like Carlos Hyde, James Jackson and Reid Fragel. They all were pretty cool guys and I am just looking forward to getting to Ohio State to play alongside them."

Wood has kept in contact with many of the members of the recruiting class either via phone, email or text messages and while he hasn't taken the role of a Michael Brewster in this class he still knows who is on the board and one of the biggest names on the board Saturday night was that of Scottsdale (Ariz.) defensive tackle Corey Adams.

"I talked to Corey… we talked a while ago because one of my coaches on my team knows his dad," Wood said. "We have been talking (on the phone) here and there and I knew he was coming up for his official so I have talked to him leading up and we talked briefly at the game and he was enjoying himself."

Did anything stand out to Corey in his conversations with Jamie?

"He was commenting on how loud it was when the stadium wasn't even packed yet (before the game)," Wood said. "He said he liked it and everything was good and his dad has ties in Ohio (used to live in Ohio) so just having him back home… it would be great having him on our team."

The class of 2009 was not the only class that was well represented on Saturday night and Wood was well aware of many top targets from the class of 2010 and 2011 being on the sidelines as well. Youngstown (Ohio) Ursuline high school star Jamel Turner is going to be a top target for many schools during his recruitment and Wood wanted to have the opportunity to meet the talented Ohioan.

"I did see Jamel Turner there but I didn't get a chance to talk to him," Wood joked. "He walked away before I could get over to him but I wanted to try and talk to him."

During the game it seemed as if the defenses has the edge over the offenses and for the future Buckeye safety it was a good chance to see several of his future teammates and mentors in action under the national microscope.
"I think Ohio State's whole defense stepped up and played big in holding a team that scores an average of 40-some points a game to 13… that is saying something and that your defense is playing really well," Wood said.

And of course it was hard not to notice the electricity of the crowd and the record attendance at the Horseshoe.

"It was by far the best atmosphere," Wood said. "Everyone was alive and the crowd was crazy. It was a fun game to go to and the crowd made it even better."

But now Wood's attention will turn away from his future team to his current one. His Pickerington Central team opens up the playoffs against Delaware Hayes on Saturday and everyone in Purple and White is thinking that this team has what it takes to make a deep run in the post-season.

"I think we have the team to do it and now it is just a matter of executing it," Wood said.

Wood knows that if his team keeps winning that his chances of being at the Horseshoe for the Michigan game will be limited with Division One playing on Saturdays.

"If we keep winning I will miss the Michigan game (laugh)," Wood joked.

Though Wood was quick to jump in and say that he will have the opportunity to be in four Michigan games down the line and that he would gladly trade this one for a Pickerington Central state title and a big win for central Ohio football.

"We need to start holding it down for Columbus (laugh)," Wood joked.

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