Skill Players Like Woods Stand Out At AU Camp

Ohio receiver D.J. Woods was one of many top performers at Auburn's final camp of the summer.

Auburn, Ala.--In a camp loaded with skill players on both sides of the football, several players stood head and shoulders above the rest for Auburn's final Senior Camp for 2007. With big names from all over the South in attendance, it was one of the most distant visitors who may have helped himself the most as Strongsville, Ohio wide receiver D.J. Woods came to Auburn looking to check out the SEC and left with a scholarship offer.

"The camp went really good," Woods tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "In the first part of the one-on-ones I was a little shaky trying to get into it and being down with the Southern boys. They came to work, but the second part I started doing my thing.

"I guess I did good today because it earned me a full scholarship offer," an excited Woods adds. "I'm speechless. Just getting my first offer from the SEC, I'm so happy now. There's really nothing to say. I'm just really happy that Auburn offered me a full scholarship to play. That's pretty exciting."

With more than 20 offers in hand, including ones from the likes of Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Penn State, Iowa, West Virginia and Pittsburgh, Woods didn't need to make the trip to Auburn for the camp but decided he wanted to see how he stacked up against the athletes in the South. He says doing well felt good, but it also gave him the chance to check out Auburn and the surrounding area.

"I love the campus," Woods says. "I thought I would come down and see a normal campus with people walking around, but overall it's a very nice campus. It has nice buildings and nice facilities and a beautiful stadium. I just get a good feeling from everything."

Woods hauls in a pass on Saturday.

A 6-0, 170-pounder who showed exceptional speed, he is one of the smoothest receivers to come through an Auburn camp in recent years. Woods says that he plans to take his time before making a decision and may visit Alabama and Florida in the coming weeks. No matter what happens, he says that Auburn will be in the running in the end following his weekend on the Plains.

"Auburn is up there now," Woods says. "Everything is kind of shaken up now. I'll have to go home and think about it and talk it out with my family but Auburn is up there.

"I have been blessed enough to get this opportunity and you only go through this process one time," he adds. "I'm going to try to take all my official visits and get a feeling for every school that I like. God blessed me enough to have this ability and I'm going to use it the best I can and make a positive choice for me, my family, and for the school."

In addition to Woods, big receiver Deandre Brown from Ocean Springs, Miss., was a easy target to spot and he more than lived up to his advance billing by performing very well in the camp. Also Burton Scott worked at wide receiver as well as defensive back and showed his athleticism on both sides of the ball.

Prattville's Dekendrick Moncrief was also a standout at receiver. The tight end position wasn't void of talent either as Auburn commitment Vance Smith from Pace, Fla., High came back for his second camp appearance and looked good as did Ken Adams from Enterprise.

Massive Deandre Brown showed good speed on his large frame and caught the ball well.

Throwing to the receivers was a talented group of quarterbacks led by Star Jackson from Lake Worth, Fla, High. Also looking good were a pair of quarterbacks outside Auburn's normal recruiting areas in Wayne Warren from Maryland and Aramis Hillary from South Carolina. One of the top juniors in Alabama also took part and looked good as St. Paul's A.J. McCarron was one of the top players at the position.

Perhaps the top position of the day was at running back where a large group of talented players showed their skills to the Auburn coaches. Eric Smith, Carlton Thomas, Onterrio McCalebb and Chris Jordan all did nothing to diminish their standing as top running back prospects in the South. Prattville's Justin Albert was in great physical shape and was one of the more athletic players in attendance.

Running back Carlton Thomas works on his blocking form.

Up front the talent wasn't as plentiful, but there was still talent on display. Offensively, Antoine McClain was the top player with Enterprise standout T.J. Barnes also performing well. Defensively, Willie Bohannon and Anthony Mains were the class of the group as talented prospects Toby Jackson and Jomarcus Savage were among the spectators instead of the participants.

While the talent was thin up front on defense, in the secondary it was plentiful as a large group of cornerback prospects more than held their own against a talented corps of receivers. It would be hard to choose between Louisiana's Prentiss Waggner and Stone Mountain's (Stephenson High) Ahmed Shakoor for the top defensive back in the camp, but several others were close on their heels. Louis Watson from St. Paul's, Vance King from Stockbridge, Ga. and D'Antoine Hood from Central High in Phenix City all gave solid performances and should be players to watch as the recruiting season swings into high gear in the fall.

The top linebacker prospect who took part in the camp was A.J. Portee from Mays High in Atlanta with Palmetto's (Fla.) Deonta Tate also performing well. The top linebacker on the day though was an onlooker as Gadsden City's Jerrell Harris visited but didn't participate. He was one of several top prospects who visited Auburn either Friday or Saturday to take a look around. St. Paul's running back Mark Barron and South Carolina defensive lineman Kenneth Page took in Saturday's camp as spectators only.


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