Mewhort happy to represent St. John’s, Ohio State and the USA; “I didn’t even think about it. I was in.”

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USA OL Jack Mewhort
thought he was in trouble when he was first told of his spot
in the Junior World Championships. “Storm called me one day and said, ‘Coach Tressel needs to talk to
us, we have to go over to Woody (Hayes)’ and all I was thinking was,
‘Oh no, what did I do, what did I do?’ So I walked in and he had all this JWC (Junior World Championships)
stuff laid out on his desk and he said, ‘What do you think about this?’”


Amazingly enough, United States offensive lineman Jack Mewhort thought he was in trouble when he was actually first told of his spot in the Junior World Championships.

Mewhort graduated early from Toledo St. John’s and enrolled at Ohio State in January so he could get a jumpstart on his collegiate career. He is roommates with current teammate Storm Klein and it was from the Licking Valley graduate that he first got the call about playing for his country.

“Storm called me one day and said, ‘Coach Tressel needs to talk to us, we have to go over to Woody (Hayes)’ and all I was thinking was, ‘Oh no, what did I do, what did I do?’ So I walked in and he had all this JWC (Junior World Championships) stuff laid out on his desk and he said, ‘What do you think about this?’ I didn’t even think about it. I was in.”

Mewhort, a First Team All-Ohioan who can play at any spot along the offensive line, said that Tressel had no misgivings about letting two of his top recruits play.

“Coach Tress is the biggest patriot you’ll find and he loves this kind of stuff so I’m glad he’s my college coach and I’m glad I have this opportunity to represent my country and be here as an Ohio State football player too.”

As a starter for Team USA, Mewhort said he has tried to do his best for his country. But the biggest honor may have come before his team beat Mexico 55-0 in the semifinals. The 6-foot-6, 285-pounder got to carry the American flag out of the lockerroom.

“People die for that flag so it was a great honor for our country and to prepare for the game I love,” he said.

And after games, Mewhort is one of the fan favorites for autographs, signing well after an hour after each game so far.

“It’s really cool all these fans out here to watch us,” Mewhort said. “We’re doing something historic here so it’s awesome.”

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