Gainesville's "Other" Lineman Comes Up Big

Gainesville, Ga.--Some players can find it very tough to find a way to stand out among the more than 500 players who annually attend a huge summer football camp, but that was not the case for Gainesville High School's "other" offensive lineman, C.J. Wood.

Most of the early attention at Gainesville this season has been focused on 6-6, 315-pound tackle prospect Nick Claytor, but Charles Wood came to Auburn's football camp on Saturday and quickly announced his presence.

"I ran a 5.2, in the pro agility, (short shuttle), I did a 5.0, my height was 6-4 and I weighed 280," he says about his combine testing results. "Also, my vertical was 26 inches."

Still, as impressive as he was in the testing portion of the camp, the best was still to come for Woods in the one-on-one drills.

The strong and athletic guard prospect showed quick feet, good hands and solid technique against the defensive linemen early on, and really had his chance to shine during the last match-up of the night.

Wood was picked as one of the best five offensive linemen of the day and they challenged the five best defensive linemen. Then, after the five one-on-one matchups along the line the losing group was forced to do up-down drills.

With the offense and defense each winning two of the first five, Wood lined up and quickly ran his defensive end into the ground to give the offensive line the win.

"I was thanking God," Wood said about what it felt like to perform so well. "I was thinking about him the whole time. I was hoping that He was going to help me, and he did."

That strong work in the combine and on the field paid off and Wood came away from the event with some big news.

"I picked up an offer they said I have an Auburn offer," he says. "I have got two from big schools, I have got Auburn and Georgia and I have got ones from Marshall and East Carolina."

The big linemen does a footwork drill at Auburn's camp.

Wood says the whole experience was certainly one to remember. " It was great," he says with excitement. "I loved this camp.

"Auburn was great," he adds. "I liked the food they fed us. I liked the stadium. I didn't get to see the dorm rooms because I only stayed for one day, but I liked the facilities. The weight room was nice. I like everything about Auburn. Auburn is a good place to go."

The talented lineman adds that he also really enjoyed getting the chance to work closely with Auburn offensive line coach Hugh Nall. "Coach Nall was a great guy," he notes. "I really love him. He was nice to me and I thank him for that. I appreciate the love."

Even though Wood says he is excited by his newest offer, he notes that he doesn't really have the luxury of spending much time thinking about recruiting right now.

"I am just looking to get my grades right so I can come to school because if I don't get my grades right it doesn't matter," he explains.

Along with working on his grades, the big lineman says that he and his talented teammate, Claytor, are going to make things very tough on opposing defenses in the fall. "I love Nick," he says with a laugh. "We are going to hurt some people's feelings this year. We are really gonna be strong on the offensive line."

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