Woods talks Opening tryouts and recruiting

Jordan Woods spent the day working hard at the Nike Football Opening Regional try out in Kissimmee, Florida and afterward he spent some time talking about the even and the recruitment process for the 4-star defensive end from Ocala (Fla.) Trinity Catholic.

It was a rainy day and one that wasn’t great for all the competition that was supposed to take place. Still, guys like Jordan Woods took advantage of the time available to work out against some of the best players around the southeast that were in attendance. He came away learning some things that can help him.

“It went good,” Woods said of the tryout for The Opening week of camps and combines held over the summer in Oregon. “I got to compete a little bit. I saw some moves and saw a few things I can put into my game.

One particular thing that Woods learned was something he put into immediate action on the field.

“The coach made sure that you always put your elbow in the offensive lineman’s back so he cannot get to you,” he said. “That was a good part of the day.”

Woods hasn’t been overwhelmed with the recruiting process even though he is getting plenty of attention. He said one school is making a big run as of late.

“The recruiting process is going… same ole, same ole,” he said. “Miami has come up pretty big on me. They showed a lot of interest and they told me what they are about wand what I am going to get if I go to Miami. They were talking about tradition, and legacy, they can get you to the NFL.”

The Gamecocks of South Carolina is a program that has recruited him for a while and he still hopes to go visit.

“I really want to go to South Carolina,” he said. “I wish they were a little bit more involved. They were my first offer. I love Coach Spurrier Jr. He is a great dude.”

He is waiting to hear from Georgia lately as the Bulldogs have made some staff changes that have placed his recruitment with them in a bit of limbo.

“Georgia is big, but I don’t think Coach Ball is there anymore,” he said of the assistant that was recruiting him. “I want to talk to Coach Lilly to see where I am at with them.”

Florida’s former defensive coordinator is now doing the same thing at Michigan. They have used the relationship to make a move on Woods and it is working to some extent.

“Coach D.J. Durkin came and talked to me from Michigan,” Woods said. “I like Coach Durkin and his defenses at Florida. You say Michigan and you know what they are about. It is different. They say a lot of schools down south are the same. Coach Durkin promised me if I came up to the Big Ten and Michigan it won’t be the same.”

The Gators are taking a bit of a low key approach to Woods recruitment. He has liked the program for a while and they have recruited him accordingly. He has gotten to know Florida's head coach Jim McElwain and the assistant that recruits his area Greg Nord.

“Florida is recruiting me,” he said. “I went to basketball game with my girlfriend. I just told coach I could come at any time, it’s no biggie. The Florida coaches came to see me at halftime. It was a great trip and I got to see Coach McElwain, he’s a good coach. I just want to see what they do this year.

“I talked to Coach Nord and he said whenever he gives me the dates for Junior Day, just come on up.”

Woods has a little bit of a different approach to what he is looking for in a program. He really wants a place that will expand his horizons as a person.

“I am just looking at a school that is a fit for me,” he said. “I want a school with good academics and exposure to the world. In college you are going to meet different people. I want to do that and be exposed to the world. In life, you aren’t going to know one guy from another unless you grew up with them. You need to know how to deal with other people.”

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