This season's high school seniors can't sign their college letters of intent until early February, and the Cincinnati Bearcats already have nineteen recruits ready to do just that. But with so many players already committed for this year's recruiting class, the UC staff has made some scholarship offers to juniors. One of those juniors is Jamie Wood of
Wood plays cornerback and receiver for the Tigers.
Wood has already made a couple of unofficial visits to Cincinnati when he attended the Louisville and West Virginia games at Nippert Stadium this fall and talked on Monday about what position he'd likely play at UC. "I've talked to Coach Hinton, and he said they are looking at me as a defensive player, maybe a nickel or something like that. They're looking at me for the defensive side."
Jamie said he received his UC offer in September, and it is his only one so far. "They (
Most two-way players prefer being on offense, and Wood has played exclusively on the offensive side of the ball at
With his size (6' 2"/190), Jamie understands his value to college defensive coordinators. "Receivers are getting taller and taller." Wood reports a 4.5 forty time.
In addition to Chazz Anderson, the Bearcats also have Ryan Manalac from Pickerington Central, and Jamie is familiar with both players. "I got to play two years with Chazz. It was a good experience. He taught me a lot. I grew up watching Manalac. He was a good ballplayer. I never would have thought that he would have gotten that big. He was a safety here."
Since he's still in his junior season, Jamie isn't ready to make a college choice quickly. "I'm not going to make an early commitment. I want to wait to see what choices I have."
The Bearcats are obviously a serious contended for Wood with the early offer. "I've liked
Pickerington has another junior, Patrick White, who plays the same positions as Jamie and shares interest in
Like most current juniors, Wood plans to attend combines and senior camps this spring and summer. "Me and my dad are maybe going to take a few kids and make the circuit of a lot of the schools that we're interested in." Jamie's mother was a track athlete at
With Wood's size, he could grow into being a linebacker, but Jamie's not too excited about that possibility and laughed at the prospect. "Yeah, I could be like Manalac, but I'd like to stay at the skill postions."
Jamie said he was aware of
Jamie gave his statistics for this past season. "I had 25 catches for 540 yards and eight touchdowns. I had 65 tackles, seven for loss and only one interception with 12 pass break-ups."
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