Major Wide Receiver Prospect Visits Bearcats

A number of recruits took unofficial visits to Cincinnati on Saturday to see the Bearcats battle West Virginia, but one Ohio player was primarily there to see the Mountaineers. Did he walk away impressed with the Bearcats?

Cincinnati's game with West Virginia on Saturday night attracted a lot of attention. ESPN thought enough of the match-up to televise it during prime time, and a lot of recruits made arrangements to attend the game on unofficial visits. One of those recruits was D.J. Woods from Strongsville High School.

Woods is a 6'/180 pound wide receiver that originally committed to Nebraska last summer, but inconsistent play and a possible coaching change by the Cornhuskers have caused him to look elsewhere for his college destination. Woods commented on his decision to decommit to Nebraska. "It was really both those things you mentioned. They've been kind of up and down with their play, and I really don't know who will be coaching them next year."

Since Nebraska is no longer a viable option in Woods' eyes, who is? D.J. explained. "I've already officially visited Iowa, and I'll be going on another official visit to Auburn next week to see them play Alabama. I'm also thinking about visiting West Virginia and Penn State, but I'm going to take it one step at a time. The only other official visit I have right now is the one to Auburn next week." Woods has already taken an unofficial visit to Penn State and was on the Auburn campus during a summer camp.

Woods told Bearcat Insider that his primary reason for attending Saturday's game in Cincinnati was to see the Mountaineers, but the electric atmosphere on Cincinnati's campus may have changed his mind a bit. "To be honest, I came down here to see West Virginia, but after being here, this is pretty nice. I like it." With 26 scholarship offers, Woods has plenty of suitors, but he didn't rule out taking one of his five official visits to Cincinnati. "Yes, I'm definitely considering Cincinnati. It's something I'm going to talk over with my parents."

D.J. made the trip to Cincinnati with his personal trainer, Mark Harris, who has played a role in Woods' ability to post a 4.35 forty-yard-dash time. Harris is also helping with D.J.'s recruitment since Harris played football at Kent State and had a stint in the Arena Football League.

Strongsville High School ended its season with a 6-4 record, but Woods said he missed half the games. "I had a blood clot that caused a back problem, and I had to have surgery, but I'm fine now."

Cincinnati's spread offense is attractive to Woods, and he liked the fact that Bearcat freshman Marcus "Bones" Barnett got 10 catches in Saturday's game. "People in the stands were talking to me that I could be playing with Bones next year. He did a great job but had a little trouble catching the ball in traffic. I talked to him and could see myself playing with him."

Woods would be an excellent recruiting catch for the Bearcats, and Cincinnati now seems to have its foot in the door as more and more people are recognizing that the UC football program can compete for a BCS league championship.


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