Auburn Still Leading for 2013 Receiver

DeAndre Woods (6-4, 200) talks about the offensive coordinator change at Auburn as well as his junior day visits.

Pinson, Ala. – 2013 Wide receiver prospect DeAndre Woods of Clay-Chalkville High School took a visit to Auburn's junior day just over two weeks ago and with that fresh on his mind he said Auburn is still in the lead.

"It was good," Woods said of his visit. "I saw a lot of stuff that I liked and I'm going to take that in and go forward.

"They're still number one for me, and I'm still thinking about my decision. They're kind of my favorite, but I'm still looking though."

Auburn was his first offer and only offer in the recruiting process for a long time.

When Woods took his junior day visit to Auburn, it was before Scot Loeffler had been named the new offensive coordinator.

"I don't know too much about him," Woods commented. "I haven't looked him up yet.

"It doesn't really change anything," he added of the change at coordinator. "As long as they have throwing plays and get the receivers the ball I'm still going to go for them (Auburn).

"I'm just still waiting to see what style of offense they run," Woods added. "I'm going to come down for the spring, and I'm going to come down for a lot of home games."

Loeffler was a long-time quarterback coach tutoring several quarterbacks who started in the NFL this season like Tom Brady, Chad Henne and Tim Tebow.

"That excites me a lot," Woods said. "I know the quarterback that they have is going to be good. I've just got to do my part."

Woods said that on his visit to Auburn he got to meet with head coach Gene Chizik, and he is also growing a bond with his potential position coach.

"Chizik told me to keep my eyes on the books, keep on paying attention in school, get my education and take the ACT," Woods noted. "Then I'll be good with the scholarship and stuff.

"I'm getting along with Trooper Taylor, and I'm becoming more comfortable with him," Woods added. "That's having a lot to do with me thinking about coming to Auburn. He's cool, he's fun to be around, he's loving and he just has a good attitude."

On Jan. 28 Woods took a visit to Alabama for its junior day and came away impressed with what the Crimson Tide coaching staff had to offer. He said one of the big selling points they made to recruits was the recent flurry of players put into the NFL.

"I loved Tuscaloosa and liked the wide receivers coach (Mike Groh)," Woods said of his visit. "He showed how he can make wide receivers into play-makers. We watched film on Julio Jones and saw how some great players came through and got drafted. I just saw how I could fit in and how I could get stronger."

Woods' second offer came from Mississippi State, where he plans on taking his next visit with his mother. The Bulldogs gave him a scholarship offer in December.

"They came to my school, and they told my coach (Jerry Hood)," he explained. "My coach told me they offered me.

"I'm going to there for their junior day this Saturday," he said of Starkville. "I've never been down there so I just want to see how it is, and I just want to experience it and compare it to schools that I've been to." New UAB head coach Garrick McGee was the third coach to offer Woods.

"UAB offered me recently," Woods said. "It was the coach who came from Arkansas."

As far as a time table, Woods added, "I'm going to wait until signing day."


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