Poway DT Has Been Seeing a Lot of ASU

Poway (Calif.) star Nick Wood has been in Tempe two weekends in a row, and would love to come back for an official visit in the fall. Following his scholarship offer from the maroon and gold, Devils Digest talked to the defensive tackle about his recruiting.

The 6-2 280 Nick Wood was at the Sun Devils' camp earlier this month, and overall had a great experience at that event. "It was really nice," he said. "I really liked (Defensive Line) Coach Stretz. He'll looks like a coach that will teach you a lot and make you a better player. He's somebody that it would be fun to play for. I performed pretty well, flying around to the ball and that's what they wanted to see me do. Coach Fidler said that they were gonna offer me."

The next weekend, UTEP held a camp in the Phoenix area, which allowed Wood to visit ASU once again and get a further feel for the campus. "I met Coach Koetter, Coach Miller and some other coaches," remarked Wood. "All the coaches were straight forward and cool guys. I went to the stadium and the facilities. The stadium is amazing, and I like how all the facilities are close together. I'm just real impressed by everything."

One may think that Wood has seen everything there is to see about the Sun Devils, but he claimed that ASU will be an official destination visit later this year. "You really want to come back during the season," he explained, "so you can see the football players and just see how campus life is like. It would be cool to see a game in that stadium. I'm sure it gets pretty loud."

Wood has impressed coaches in a Los Angeles Nike Camp where he benched pressed 50 reps of 185 pounds. "I'm real strong and pretty flexible and athletic," he said of his skills. "Wrestling has helped me a lot with my balance. My coaches tell me that I have a real good get-off. They also tell me that I play too high some of the time, and that's something I'm gonna keep on working on a lot."

A week or so following the camp, ASU extended a scholarship offer to the defensive tackle. Prior to the Sun Devils, Hawaii, Colorado State, Washington State, Utah, and Washington have offered. UTEP and Boise State extended offers just recently. "Realistically, aside from the L.A. schools, ASU is the closest school to me," said Wood. "That's a plus. I'm still away from home if I go to ASU, but close enough to go back for the weekend. But I wouldn't rule any school out because of location."

When asked what factors will help him make his decision on where to go to school, he replied: "Number one is education. Football isn't gonna last forever and you always want something to fall back on. If you walk out with a degree you have a chance to be successful."

The timetable for his decision is still up in the air, but it's likely not to come before the season starts. "I'm planning on taking all my visits," he commented, "and not making a decision before mid to late season. But I can't say for sure that's what will happen."

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