UCF to Gather Wood?

Lo Wood currently has a handful offers from some of the most storied programs in the nation and there will be even more offers rolling in by the end of the spring, meaning that UCF will have to work to keep this local prospect close to home.

There's an old saying that football coaches love to throw around and it goes something like this; "he looks like Tarzan and plays like Jane." Standing at 5'11", 165 lbs. and running a 4.4 40-yard dash, Lo Wood fits the Tarzan bill but he plays nothing like Jane. Wood exemplifies a "shut-down" cornerback and is arguably the best defensive back in the Southeast. Last season he had five interceptions, which all came from man coverage.

Wood, who plays for Apopka H.S. (FL), is already considered one of the best defensive backs in the state and schools have taken notice. UCF has already offered the local star and schools such has Michigan, Notre Dame, Georgia Tech and Stanford have already extended offers as well.

"It was our expectation to receive early offers," Wood told InsideKnights.com. "Damion Allen (Wood's former teammate) had a lot of early offers, so that was some I was looking for, just in case I decided to commit early."

With already nine offers in hand, Wood expects more but will only be taking visits to schools that have extended scholarships.

What exactly is Wood looking for in a potential school?

"Everyone says education and while that's very important, all schools give you a chance to get a degree. I want to go to a place that has good people that I can surround myself with. Playing time is also important."

UCF will have to fend off programs with hundreds of years of tradition to keep Wood in the area, but the stand-out corner said that location would not be a huge factor for him. However, Wood did say that UCF's ability to offer early playing time was exceptionally enticing.

The true-corner and four-year starter also said that he was excited to see UCF beginning to show more attention to local high schools.

"It's good to see UCF starting to offer in-city kids. They're doing a lot better there, I'm glad to see that."

It will be a busy off-season for Wood, as he will be making the rounds before spring practice starts.

"I'll be going to a lot of camps and a few more combines. I've shaved my 40-time to a 4.42 so I'd like to get to as many camps as combines. I plan on going to the Nike Combine the 28th at Disney World, the Top 10 Showcase in DeLand and a national 7-on-7 at USF in March."

Before football gets back underway, Wood has been participating in what he says is one of the best speed training programs he has been a part of.

Wood has already seen UCF, Michigan and Georgia Tech and said he would like to see Notre Dame as well sometime before the season gets underway. He might have to make even more time though, as more and more prominent offers should be on the way.

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