Strongsville, OH--After visiting the Auburn campus over the summer for a football camp, talented wide receiver prospect D.J. Woods knew somewhat what Coach Tommy Tuberville's program was all about, but he had no idea what to expect out of seeing his first Iron Bowl on Saturday.
Arriving in town early on Saturday, Woods notes that he got a chance to check out the facilities and academic side of things on campus, but that all took a backseat to the game. In fact the game wasn't even underway when the realization of just how important football is at Auburn became apparent to Woods.
"It was a great visit," Woods tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "It was my first SEC game. It was the Iron Bowl, Auburn versus Alabama. It's probably the biggest game, the loudest game, the craziest game I've ever been to. I think my favorite part was the Tiger Walk. Everyone was screaming my name like they know me. It was just crazy. It was a very good experience.
"I wanted to come down for a game," Woods adds. "I came down this summer for a camp. I did really good then and earned a scholarship offer. I just wanted to see the academics and everything about it because it's one of my choices. I really like it down there. There is something about southern hospitality. You have sweet tea. It's just everything."
Hosted by Auburn redshirt freshman wide receiver Terrell Zachery, Woods says he had a good time getting a feel for the campus and also what life is like as a football player for the Tigers. That means checking out living quarters and the training table, two things that Woods says have him excited about the future at Auburn.
"I got to know the college feel," Woods says. "They are supposed to put in new dorms and they're really, really nice. I got to see the blueprints of those. I'm excited about that. The training table has the best southern food I've ever had. It's just the people there. The people want to make me go there more and more."
Saying earlier that he hoped to have a decision made before the first of the year, Woods says that he's currently looking at just three schools. While there are three in the running, it's pretty obvious that Auburn made some serious headway over the weekend and is now currently very much in the running.
"My head is going crazy right now," Woods says. "I wasn't really planning anything for Auburn because I hadn't been down there, plus the distance. I talked it over with my family and the distance isn't really a big thing right now. They just want me to be happy. Auburn is up there. I have a couple of choices. It's Penn State, Auburn, and Missouri. Those are probably the biggest three schools I'm talking to right now.
"I'm going to go home and evaluate everything with my parents and see if I want to commit somewhere after this visit or if I'm going to take an official out to Missouri," he adds. "I like their spread offense. I'm also going to take an official to Penn State. Those are the three main schools I'm looking at."