Tallahassee (Fla.) Godby defensive tackle Cedric Wood was the first commitment for Florida State's 2016 recruiting class, and he has never wavered in that commitment. Recently Wood signed his grant-in-aid papers with Florida State and is set to early enroll in January. He knew that he wasn't going anywhere but Florida State, but he wanted to make sure that everyone else knew that as well.
“It was just showing the public what I was already going to do before time, since I’m graduating in December. No matter what would have happened I would have went to FSU so me signing just shows everyone else that I’m a done deal.”
Since he has been committed to Florida State for exactly 18 months now defensive tackles coach Odell Haggins has become a lot more than just a football coach to Wood.
"We talk about life," Wood said. "Not even plays. We talk about football a little bit, but mostly life lessons. He’s teaching me a lot outside of football.”
When it comes to football coach Haggins only had one request for the Seminoles lone defensive tackle commitment.
"The only thing I know that he wants me to be is under 300-pounds and I’m under 300-pounds,” Wood said.
Wood is currently 6-foot-4, 293-pounds and he believes that coach Haggins likes the way he plays at 290.
"He’s seen me play at 320 and he’s seen me play at 290," Wood said. "I think he compared the two and liked me at 290 better."
Wood thinks that dropping the weight has made him a better player and helped him get to the quarterback a lot easier.
“I look small out there, but I’m a lot faster now," Wood said. "Just being in better shape and being able to run and chase faster guys down."
He is the No. 2 ranked defensive tackle in the state of Florida.