Young Bucks: Emerging as a special teams candidate in his freshman year, Jahsen Wint isn’t an afterthought
Ohio State’s 2016 recruiting class – the country’s fourth-ranked class – featured 25 signees from 11 states and many of those players are expected to contribute to the Buckeyes’ on-field success early in their careers.
Join Landof10.com as we introduce you to the next wave of Buckeyes in our Young Bucks series, narrowing the focus today to defensive back Jahsen Wint.
Who is Jahsen Wint?
It was late October 2015 when Ohio State first started to reach out to defensive back Jahsen Wint, then a senior at Brooklyn’s Erasmus Hall High School. He was committed to Temple, but had caught the attention of Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes two years earlier when Ohio State was recruiting Curtis Samuel.
- Height: 5-foot-11
- Weight: 190
- Number: 23
- Hometown: Brooklyn (N.Y.)
- High School: Erasmus Hall
- Composite Ranking: 60 (ATH)
- High School Highlights
When the Buckeyes came calling, Wint knew it was going to be tough to say no.
“When Ohio State reached out,” Wint said. “It made me feel so good because all my hard work paid off. People sometimes just say it, but I swear to God I worked for this. I praised God every good and bad day. When I got that offer it made me feel like this is what I needed to become great, and to make sure I can take care of my family.”
Wint made an official visit to Ohio State in December and decommitted from Temple the day before Christmas. He made his new verbal commitment, to the Buckeyes, on Jan. 2. and he enrolled at Ohio State in June.
What does he bring to Ohio State?
Wint was a linebacker for most of his high school career with the Dutchmen, and though he’ll begin his Buckeyes career at defensive back, he brings a smash-mouth mentality to the Ohio State secondary. Where does that attitude come from? Growing up in a tough situation in Brooklyn.
“Being from Brooklyn, I had no choice but to man up fast,” the 5-foot-11, 186-pounder said. “I had to be a positive example for my brothers and sisters even when everything around us was bad. My mom and aunt did a great job of keeping us from the negativity and helped us see ourselves as different from other people.”
He took that attitude to the football field.
“The first time I put on pads, I got hit,” the three-star prospect from Erasmus Hall said. “I got pissed off and just let the kid have it the next play. I hit him so hard that the coach had to move me up in division.”
Now in Columbus, Wint is bringing a relentless work ethic and aggressive mindset to the Buckeyes.
Will he play as a freshman
Wint has earned some positive reviews from the Ohio State coaching staff for his intensity and eagerness to mix it up on special teams, but it’s still hard to see exactly where he fits into this year’s team. It will not be on defense, but Urban Meyer has not ruled out Wint playing on special teams.
“Jahsen Wint, the kid from Brooklyn,” Meyer told the media on Aug. 14. “He’s a guy that might be a special teams guy for us.”
Wint, 5-feet-11 and 190 pounds, will benefit greatly from a year in the Buckeyes strength and conditioning program as he adjusts to life in college. He didn’t discount the chances of playing this year, but he’s not going to be discouraged if he doesn’t.
“Anyway that I can contribute, that’s what I’ll do to try and get on the field next year. I will do whatever it takes to win. I’m just Jahsen Wint, a Brooklyn kid, the only thing I know is to work.”