December 15, 2008

No complaints from Wood

Pickerington (Ohio) safety prospect Jamie Wood has been one of the most visible members of the Ohio State class of 2009. While he will never have the label of a Michael Brewster in the class, being equal parts recruit and recruiter, the four star standout has been one of the most active players in the class to contact his future teammates and potential teammates.

This weekend Wood was able to make the short drive over on I-70 to campus and enjoy his official visit with 16 of his future teammates and maybe a couple more potential ones.

"It was a lot more fun and we got to stay up there," Wood said. "We got to stay at the Blackwell, where the players stay for the home games and the hotel is really nice. We got to hang out at the Woody and stayed around the stadium area and it was nice and really good for the parents as well."

The running theme of the weekend has been all about the dinner excursion on Saturday night. Ohio State might not have a marketing deal with one of the local Mongolian BBQ places but they should look into it with so many of the commits commenting on the whole dinner experience.

"The fans liked it (too) because there were some people in there and Terrelle Pryor came too and everyone was going crazy when he came in there, yelling the O-H-I-O and everything and it was really cool," Wood said. "And Mongolian is amazing too."

Wood has been on campus so many times during his recruitment that he could probably have conducted the tour of the campus and facilities but this trip wasn't so much about seeing the sites for Wood but rather working on those friendships that will last a lifetime.

"It was good and it was like a jump start to get a relationship started," Wood said. "All of these guys I have met and it was a good time to talk to them and get to know them on a level other than football and other than at the games. I got to really interact with them."

Wood did get a chance to wear his recruiting hat this weekend and one of the biggest targets out there was quarterback Tajh Boyd out of Virginia. The Bucks are thin at quarterback with the upcoming departure of Todd Boeckman and Boyd could be a big piece of the puzzle even if he were to redshirt. But first the Buckeyes have to secure his signature and this weekend went a long way toward that goal.

"Tajh was really cool and his parents were really nice and I think that they liked what Ohio State had to offer," Wood said. "I think we showed him a good time as well."

Another big visitor was Memphis (Tenn.) wide receiver Marlon Brown and it has to bode well for the Bucks that the 6-foot-5, 4 star receiver came back to Ohio State on his own dime, right?

"Yeah, it definitely is," Wood said. "For him to want to come see it again and want to be with the players, that means something. I think him coming again, he just wanted to hang out with us because after that game we couldn't really hang out on his official with him. Plus he and Terrelle are pretty cool and they hung out."

The other highlight was the chance to watch a pair of Ohio State bowl practices. The Bucks are not dropping in any game planning at this point of the bowl practice schedule but practice was still spirited despite some of the background music that was filling the practice space over at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.

"They are just like doing drills and basic team type of work," Wood said. "They looked good… they were playing Christmas music during the practice."

Overall the visit was a total success and Wood can't wait until his Buckeye career will start.


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