Wine wraps up recruiting with commitment to U of L

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By Sam Draut

 North Oldham kicker Jakson Wine verbally committed to the University of Louisville football team Friday, accepting a preferred walk-on spot. The senior spent the last few weeks going over his various opportunities, which included Illinois, Western Kentucky and Charlotte, among others, and decided upon Louisville. 

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“After looking at my options the last two weeks, it became clearer to me that Louisville was the place to go all along,” Wine said.

Although both of his parents attended U of L —Robby Wine was a Cardinal basketball player for Denny Crum from 1993-96 and Jakson’s mother was a cheerleader, he didn’t feel any pressure from them to attend any school in particular. 

“They really left it up to me. They were perfectly fine with whatever decision I ended up making,” Jakson Wine said. “I ended up at Louisville. It was the place I wanted to be. The decision was up to me.”

Since his father played basketball at U of L, Wine grew up dreaming about playing for the Cardinal basketball team, but he realized over the past four years that football provided the best chance to fulfill his dream.

Ranked by Prokicker as the nation’s top kickoff specialist and fourth-best placekicker in the country, Wine will join another top-rated recruit in U of L’s 2017 recruiting class. 

 Mitch Hall is ranked as the No. 2 long snapper nationally by ChrisSailerKicking.com and has been named a U.S. Army All-American. 

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Wine met Hall at the U of L – Florida State game in September and the two have texted some in the following months.

“It is really cool,” Wine said about two of the nation’s best special teams’ recruits to be headed to the same school. 

After speaking with U of L special teams coach Tony Grantham throughout the recruiting process, Wine has been told he will be competing for a starting spot next year.

“I plan on coming in and competing. I intend to start, that is what I am going to work for,” Wine said. “It is a possibility I can win it.”

In October after taking a visit to U of L, Wine said he would like to make a decision on where he would play college football by December, but realistically thought he wouldn’t know where he would attend until the end of the school year. With a commitment in mid-December, Wine is pleased to have the uncertainty of his next step solidified. 

“It is definitely relieving. The recruiting process, not knowing where you are going to be next year, not knowing when an opportunity is going to come, it’s pretty overwhelming,” Wine said. “It is really nice to know where I am going to be next year.”