With an older brother (Jamie Wood) who was a Scout four-star safety and U.S Army All-American, Jeremiah Wood has already seen a lot of college football and the recruiting process.
Now a safety for Pickerington (Ohio) Central High School, Wood is getting his own recruiting interest with Michigan State being one of the schools keeping in close contact.
“I’ve got six offers already,” said Wood. “Cincinnati, Eastern Kentucky, Iowa State, Kentucky, Miami Ohio and Toledo have offered.”
Wood, who describes himself as an aggressive, hard hitting safety that goes on the field to have fun, is hearing a lot from Michigan State and visited campus when the Spartans played Wisconsin.
“It was real cool up there and I liked it a lot,” he said. “They are all about building relationships and I like that about the school. Their facilities were also very impressive and I like them a lot.”
Leading the way for the Spartans is co-defensive coordinator Mike Tressel. While the younger Wood is just starting to build his relationship with the Spartan coach, he’s very familiar with the Tressel name and family from when his brother was being recruited.
“The Tressel’s are really cool people and I like Coach (Mike) Tressel a lot. He’s really a cool dude who I’ve been talking with a lot. I remember Coach (Jim) Tressel coming to our house when he was recruiting my brother.”
With a brother who is a former Buckeye, Wood knows when the time comes to make his decision his brother will fully support him.
“My brother doesn’t care where I go,” explained Wood. “He just wants me to go where I’ll fit in and where I like.”
As for the Spartans and his game day experience, Wood left with a positive feeling about the Green and White.
“I like how all of their coaches came out to meet us and how they were real personable. Really, all the coaches were really good people and made you feel comfortable. That is important because I want to be somewhere I feel comfortable and where I feel that I can fit in. I feel I can relate with them.”
With one of his teammates, Xavier Henderson already a Spartan pledge in the 2018 recruiting class, Wood knows the change to stay connected to Henderson would be something they would enjoy.
“To get an offer from Michigan State would mean a lot,” he said. “I don’t have a Big Ten offer yet and they are a really big school. Xavier, Trenton (Gillison) and I have all talked about us going to the same school, so that would be great.
“It was cool going up with Xavier and Trent for the visit. With Xavier being a commit, he was able to introduce me to all the coaches he knows at Michigan State and they liked us a lot. I also liked how the secondary looked as they went after the ball and I saw several big hits and plays. I’m hoping to go back up there for another game this season but not sure what game yet.”
JUNIOR HIGHLIGHT CLIPS OF JEREMIAH WOOD