Last Saturday, I watched Justin Wodtly, a Cincinnati commit, do his his thing against Shaker Heights. Since I concentrate on underclassmen, I did not spent much time watching him. However, when he makes sacks and and dominates at times, I could not miss him.
In an earlier article, I wrote that I first met him at a basketball game at Lorain HS. Really thought that he had a lot of growing up to do. Almost to the place where he was silly. I know – 9th grader – but I expected more.
Last fall as he a junior I watched him in an early game against Toledo St Francis. Cleveland Heights was not read for battle and St Francis put it to them, including Justin. In fact, Justin sat much of the second half.
After watching him in camp last summer, I knew that he had “bought in.” Last Saturday, he was actually over aggressive at times. But he settled down and played good football. Forgot to mention that he is stronger and put on good weight. Always had the initial quickness and weighs over 270.
After chatting with him for a short time, he seemed grounded. Most of all, he was focused on the game.
I always say ” players must buy in.” Period. This may not happen until after spending 2 years of college or more. This may happen as a freshman. But players must “buy in.”
I am excited for Justin Wodtly. He has a challenge ahead, but he has come a along on the journey.