“I didn’t think a school like that would come all the way to Brooklyn, to come see me,” Wint, 18, said. “It was nerve-racking because the way I performed that day would determine whether I would go here or not — or get the offer.”
– Joseph Swide, The New York Times
Earlier today, The New York Times released a marvelous and insightful look into Jahsen Wint’s journey to Ohio State. Starting as a recruit in Brooklyn, Wint did whatever it took to become a scholarship player on the D1 level.
Working his way up the recruiting ladder, Wint was able to grab the attention of former Buckeye defensive coach Chris Ash, who came to see Wint at practice – and to determine if he had what it took to play at one of the nation’s best college football programs.
Swide’s feature delves into the life aspect of being a college football recruit, ranging from Wint learning how to drive his aunt’s car, to bouncing from house to house to play video game with his neighborhood friends, to going to prom.
All of this culminated with Wint suiting up for the Buckeyes against Bowling Green, but only as part of the special teams unit. The whole article is definitely worth the read, and gives one of the better peeks into the life of a recruit fighting to make it to the big stage of college football.
“When the season began, the Sooners were across-the-board favorites to defend their home turf against the Buckeyes on Saturday, but their stumble out of the gates in Houston has changed that belief.”
– Derek Peterson, OU Daily
With the showdown against Oklahoma on Saturday, the college football odds machine is still cranking out projections. As of now, the Oklahoma Sooners – who were once favorites to win against Ohio State earlier in the week – now find themselves as two-point underdogs.
It has been nearly 16 years since the last time the Sooners took the field in Norman, Okla. as the underdog. The last time was on Oct. 28, 2000, as the then-No. 3 Sooners hosted the No. 1 team in the country, the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Recently, being the underdog has proved well for coach Bob Stoops. The last time OU wasn’t the favorite, they defeated Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, according to OU Daily.
On the flip side, Oklahoma was the favorite against the Houston Cougars earlier this season, and wound up losing to the Tom Herman coached team. So far this season, Ohio State was favored in their first two games – and won both convincingly.
We’ll see tomorrow how true the odds and predictions are, as the Sooners and Buckeyes kick off at 7 p.m. Eastern.
“Against Tulsa [Lewis] had a sack and a forced fumble that teammate Jerome Baker recovered. He and Sam Hubbard will be crucial if the Buckeyes hope to get pressure on Oklahoma star Baker Mayfield.”
– Stewart Mandel, FOX Sports.com
FOX Sports took the time to breakdown which Buckeyes could have a breakout time against the Sooners.
Stewart Mandel wrote that Malik Hooker, Curtis Samuel, Tyquan Lewis, Marshon Lattimore and Mike Weber were the breakout stars to watch as the Scarlet and Gray take on the Crimson and Cream.
While the obvious players to watch, Hooker and Samuel, were listed as the No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, Mandel elaborated on the importance of Lewis at the defensive end. Because of Lewis’ big game against Tulsa, which included a forced fumble, he has become a force to be reckoned. If Lewis, as well as the rest of the D-Line can put pressure on Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, then not only will Lewis became more recognized force, but the Buckeyes may find a way to come back to Columbus with a ‘W’.
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