Louisville has added a kicker to the 2017 recruiting class in North Oldham High School prospect Jakson Wine. The 6’0″ 205lbs kicker chose Louisville over schools including Illinois, Charlotte, Iowa St., and Murray St. and will be a preferred walk-on.
“I chose Louisville because it’s a place where I feel comfortable, and that I feel like I can make an impact at.” Wine said. “My dad played basketball and my mom was a cheerleader at Louisville, so it’s in my blood. Ever since I was a boy I’ve dreamed of being a part of something special at the University of Louisville; and I feel like we’ve got something special going on here.”
Wine, who claims a long field goal of 67 yards (without rush) and a roughly 85 yard kickoff, hopes to come in and compete immediately for the kicking job. But what attributes does the North Oldham kicker bring to the table for Louisville?
“Being able to kick it out of the end zone, and place the ball wherever coach wants it to be on kickoffs.” Wine stated, “Also being able to make field goals from distance. I really look forward to competing and proving my self as a field goal kicker.”
Throughout his recruitment, Jakson has developed a relationship with Coach Dave Boller as well as special teams coach Tony Grantham but hopes to continue building a relationship with the rest of the staff.
“My relationship with Coach Boller is good, he’s been the one who I’ve been keeping in touch with the most throughout the process. Also with coach Tony Grantham, I got to spend the whole day kicking for him when I went to camp this summer. I really look forward to building my relationship with the rest of the coaching staff and getting to know everyone better in the future.” said Wine.
Jakson is rated the #1 kickoff specialist nationally by ProKicker.com and the #6 overall kicker nationally.
Stats per ProKicker.com
Avg. Kickoff- 70 yards
Avg. Hangtime- 3.70
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