Catching Up with Jamie Wood

By Alex Gleitman on February 17, 2009 at 7:00 am
Jamie Wood at the Army All-American BowlWood is one of six Army All-Americans in the 2009 Class

Jamie Wood's long wait is finally over. After receiving his Buckeye offer nearly a year ago and then committing five days later, he waited 12 months to make it official. As he prepares to enter the program, we caught up with him to talk about where he might play, his gaming habits and who we shall now and forever refer to as "All Flannel Tops".

Now that it's finally official, how does it feel to be a Buckeye?
It feels great. I've been committed so long that, I don't want to say not as special, but just not as big as the other guys who have just made decisions. But don't get me wrong I'm so excited about it all.

During the recruiting process, which coach had the greatest influence on your decision to come to OSU?
It honestly was a 'no-brainer' but if I had to say one, I would say Coach Tressel. Just how he runs the whole system is what I liked. He hits all aspects of life when dealing with a young athlete not just football and that's what I loved.

What do you plan to study at Ohio State?
Its still up in the air. I had originally planned on communications, but I'm not totally sold. I wanna use all my resources (tutors and all) to the fullest so I may try to challenge myself with some help to get me started.

Do you have a preference as to which position you will play?
I am going in as a safety and I'm totally fine with that. But I've told the coaches that I will play wherever the team needs me and I meant that.

What do you expect to be the biggest difference between the High School and College game?
The biggest difference I think will be the whole speed of the game. I know coming from junior high ball to varsity as a freshman was a big change as well and I'm expecting the same on the next level.

What current or former Buckeye would you say your skill set and style compares to?
I really don't know who I'd compare it to. I want to go out there and make a name for myself though, not in a selfish way but in a productive way that can help the team as well!

What is one thing you want Buckeye fans to know about you that we already don't know?
I love to play video games. Whether it be on PS3 or 360 I am always playing the game. Since I've been out of school I've been up till 4 in the morning some nights playing NCAA 09 online.

Who is the best dressed in this recruiting class? Who needs some style tips the most?
Best dressed, uh, I don't know... I like to look nice, but all of us do, so thats a tough one! I'm gonna give my boy Johnny Simon some style tips! He's all flannel tops and jeans or sweats now, but I know he'll get the hang once I get a hold of him.


Thanks to Jamie for sitting down and doing this interview with us. Best of luck to you as you start your Buckeye career in March!