WR Recruit Looking Forward to Auburn Visit

Wide receiver prospect D.J. Woods talks about his entry back into the recruiting world and about his senior season.

Strongsville, Ohio--When talented wide receiver D.J. Woods committed to Nebraska over the summer he thought that was the end of his journey. Instead, it was just the beginning as struggles by Nebraska and a health problem have made the fall a time of change for Woods and his family.

With offers from colleges all over the country, the 6-1, 180 Woods committed to Coach Bill Callahan and the Huskers with the hopes of building onto a proud tradition. That has not proven to be the case this season though as Nebraska has been bombed time and time again and left Callahan on the hottest of seats for next season.

Because of that Woods has decided to de-commit from Nebraska and open things back up this fall. After taking several unofficial visits over the summer months, Woods says he has a good idea of the teams he wants to check out and is undecided at the moment.

"I'm open to anyone," Woods tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I'm just going to take it slow this time and make sure I make the right choice. I'm going to be in college for several years so I'm taking my time. I don't know if it's going to be tomorrow, a month, two months, or signing day. I'll just take my time.

"Before I committed to Nebraska I was overwhelmed by the recruiting process," Woods adds. "Growing up I always wanted this to happen to me. I have been blessed that it did. I have my choice of colleges now. I think God every day that he gave me this gift. I think the first time I rushed into it because I committed in July. That was kind of early. Now I'm going to give every school an equal look, sit down with my family, and talk about the distance, coaching staff, academics and the people."

With his recruitment open again, Woods says that he's got a short list of schools he wants to check out again before making a final decision sometime before signing day.

"The main group right now is probably Auburn, Iowa, West Virginia and Penn State," Woods says. "That's it right now."

Woods makes a grab during an Auburn summer camp.

A visitor to one of Auburn's summer camps before choosing Nebraska, Woods has already had a chance to check out Coach Tommy Tuberville's program up close and personally. Because of that he says he has a good idea of what life would be like as a Tiger.

"They are a great program," Woods says. "Even though they run the ball a lot I look at it as I'm going to try to be a playmaker for them and if I go there I'll make it so they throw the ball to me. I want to try to help out the team as much as I can and be a team player. Auburn seems like a place that fits with me.

"I feel comfortable in the South," he adds. "My mom was raised in the South. Everything about Auburn has really opened my eyes a little bit more."

Woods will get another chance to see Auburn as he will take in the annual Iron Bowl game between Auburn and Alabama at Jordan-Hare Stadium. While he has been to Auburn, Woods has never seen an Auburn game in person and he says he can't wait to be a part of that atmosphere.

"That will be my official visit on Nov. 24," Woods says. "I'll be there for the Alabama game. It's going to be craziness. Coach (Greg) Knox has talked to me and he says the whole coaching staff is excited for me to come down. I'm excited. It's going to be a crazy weekend. You have two rivalry schools, two powerhouse schools in one state going at it. That's going to be fun."

An impressive athlete who was one of the top receivers to come through Auburn's camps, Woods went into the 2007 season with a lot of confidence and that equated to a very hot start on the field. Unfortunately a freak injury cut his season short after just five games, but not before he put up some huge numbers.

In five games this season before the injury Woods was on pace for one of the best seasons in Ohio history. Despite constant attention from defenses, he had 38 catches for 844 yards and 10 touchdowns. As a kick returner Woods says he didn't get any opportunities because teams kicked away from him.

Bad luck then came his way as a hit during a game led to a medical problem. Forced to put an end to his senior year prematurely, Woods says that he's now feeling better and ready to begin working hard once again to get ready for life as a college football player.

"The doctors said I got hit a certain way and I started to bleed internally," Woods says. "As that blood hardened it attached itself to my sciatic nerve going down my left leg. That kept me from being able to run and being able to cut. It has been five or six weeks since the surgery and my scar has healed up. I have been working out for the past couple of days. Overall I feel 85 to 90 percent right now."


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