Woods Looks for Special Bond

Robert Woods admits he was also very impressed with Berkeley when he visited Cal. "They have a really nice campus," he said.

Robert Woods, the 6-foot-2, 185-pound four-star wide receiver from Juniper Serra High School in Gardena, Calif., says he has 17 scholarship offers but has been too busy with track to narrow down his favorites.

"Track has kept me pretty busy," Woods explained. "I haven't really had time to think about football, but once things start settling down a bit I'll begin narrowing things down."

Scout.com's No.6 wide receiver has already visited UCLA, USC and California unofficially. He says he also plans to visit Stanford during the summer. All have offered.

"I want to visit all the in-state schools unofficially," he said. "I don't want to waste an official visit on a local school."

Some of the schools he's considering visiting officially are Notre Dame, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Arizona State, Oregon, Colorado and Arizona. All of those schools have already offered. "I'm still totally open," he said.

Growing up, Woods says he followed USC because of their star running back Reggie Bush. "I loved watching Reggie play," he said. "I just loved his style."

Woods plans on attending the Trojans Rising Stars camp later this summer.

"I love their winning attitude," he said of USC. "The coaches want to win and so do the players. They just know how to compete and it shows by their record every year."

And he's excited about the UCLA/USC rivalry. "I think UCLA is getting better," he said. "They are definitely building up and it would be cool to have them really compete with USC every year.

"UCLA is a great place," Woods said. "Their junior day was a lot of fun and I felt like I really made some friends and met some great people.

"I really like their wide receiver coach (Reggie Moore)," he said. "He reminds me of my high school coach. He's really aggressive and I like his style."

Woods admits he was also very impressed with Berkeley when he visited Cal. "They have a really nice campus," he said. "It's a fun place. I like how they are building up Memorial Stadium and adding new facilities and stuff.

"Cal is also a great academic school," he said. "It's a good combination of football and academics."

Woods has offers from schools from all over the country and he insists that distance or location will not be a factor. "Because of track I've traveled a lot," he said. "I've seen most of the country so I'm not too worried about staying close to home."

One of the most distant schools that have offered Woods is Notre Dame, a program which enjoys frequent success in California. "I like that they are on TV every week," he said. "They get great exposure and I feel like I already know them.

"Coach Charlie Weis is a great coach," Woods said. "They are coming up for sure."

Another program that Woods believes is on the rise is Tennessee. "From what I hear the new coaches are doing great," he said. "I haven't really talked to them too much yet though. I still need to get to know all of them better, but that program is definitely coming up."

He admits he was surprised that the Vols offered him. "I thought I must be doing something right if they're coming out all the way to California to offer me," Woods said.

Not only does Woods have offers from many different states, but also different conferences.

"Oklahoma is in the Big 12 and they're a great conference," he said. "I like how they seem to produce NFL players every year."

Nebraska is another Big 12 program that has already offered Woods. "I know they like to run the ball a lot," he said of the Huskers. "Who knows, if I went there maybe they'd throw the ball more."

So what is Woods going to be looking for in a college? "I want to make sure the team has a good bond," he said. "A bond between the players and between the coaches.

"I also want to be in a good environment and on a nice campus," Woods said. "I want a good college atmosphere where the town really supports the school."

Woods says he plans on taking his time before making a commitment. "I'll go through most of the process," he said. "I'd like to announce my decision at one of the bowls, but I'm not sure which one I'm playing in yet."

Although he's also a track big-timer, Woods says he'll stick with football. He runs the 200m (21.3) and the 400m (47.15).

He finished his junior season with 81 receptions for 1,378 yards and 26 total touchdowns.

"I have great quickness and speed," Woods said. "I'm very elusive and have great hands. I play fast. I'm always moving."

He says he can bench 250-pounds and has a 34-inch vertical jump.

"I want to get stronger," he said. "I think it would definitely make everything easier if I was stronger. I could be a lot more physical."

Woods reports a 3.6 core GPA and a 1350 SAT.



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