Womble Excited About Future

With as much time as the Ohio State football team has spent in the Grand Canyon State since Jim Tressel arrived in Columbus, you would think many Arizona high school players would be interested in the Buckeyes. One that admits to hoping to hear from OSU more is Sierra Vista Buena High School running back Jamal Womble.

Jamal Womble, a 5-foot-11, 211-pound athlete will be one of the top players in Arizona next season, and colleges across the country have taken note.

"I'm hearing from Clemson, Florida State, Notre Dame, UCLA and Colorado the most," said Womble, who rushed for more than 1,200 yards and 14 touchdowns for the Colts last season. "Clemson and Florida State write the most. Colorado, Clemson and UCLA send hand written letters. I have been invited to all of their games."

Womble, whose father is a Sergeant-Major in the U.S. Army, says since he's moved around so much, distance from the small southern Arizona town, will not play a factor in his college decision. While Womble doesn't mind the idea of leaving sunny Arizona, his Carolina roots are still special to him.

"(North) Carolina is one of my favorite schools, and just by looking at the past of what Coach (Butch) Davis has done with his players makes me more interested in the Tar Heels," Womble admitted. "It seems like he has added a positive attitude to the program."

One thing that will factor into the big back's future plans is academics.

"Of course education is important to me," Womble, who sports a 3.2 overall GPA, explained. "I want to major in communications or business management. I will be taking the SAT on the 27th of January. The PSAT went better than expected and I have been studying for the SAT since, so I should do well."

Depth charts may also play a small factor in the talented runner's future plans.

"I would rather not go to a school with a lot of backs on the depth chart because I would like to play early, but it's not a big deal, just a preference."

Womble, who also plays some safety and linebacker for Buena when needed, has helped lead his high school's basketball team to an 18-3 mark so far this season. He's also a solid performer on the track during the spring, reporting 10.7 in the hundred.

So where does Womble's interest in Ohio State come from?

"Big Mike (Adams), (Mike) Brewster and I were all in the same group in San Antonio. I have talked to them both before," he explained. "They are really cool guys and I wouldn't mind running behind them. The both told me it was a really good place and that they both liked it."

So did OSU's disappointing showing in the BCS National Championship Game hurt the Buckeyes' chances with him?

"Not at all, Ohio State has a great history."

While the big back said he doesn't have a favorite right now, or even a top five, he does know the schools he would like to visit.

"If I had to take five officials now they would be Clemson, Ohio State, UNC, Florida and Notre Dame," said Womble, who admitted some of his friends have given him the title of ‘King of Beasts.'


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