Woodard Set For Buckeye Visit

One of the nation's top cornerback prospects is Voorhees (NJ) Eastern's Eli Woodard. The four-star athlete is hoping to get his choice finalized before summer, and this week he will be taking an unofficial visit to Ohio State.

Ohio State already has commitments from in-state stars Cameron Burrows and Jalin Marshall, and the Buckeyes will be entertaining top 2013 prospect Eli Woodard this coming week.

Woodard, 6-foot, 180-pounds, is a four-star cornerback prospect out of Voorhees (NJ) Eastern. He has camped at Ohio State the past few years, so this will not be his first time seeing the Buckeye program.

"I will be coming up to Ohio State next Thursday," Woodard stated. "I'm going mainly to talk to Urban Meyer and meet the new staff, and start developing a relationship with them. I've talked with Coach Meyer on the phone, but it will be great to see him face to face. I want to see how everything is going with the new staff, and see if there are any differences to the way Coach (Luke) Fickell did things."

Ohio State has gone through a coaching transition under Meyer, with several new assistants now on the staff. Woodard was previously being recruited by Taver Johnson, who is now at Arkansas.

"I'm being recruited by Coach (Ed) Warriner now, and we've spoken by phone lately," he explained. "He has also been to my school before. Taking this visit will give me a chance to talk to the secondary coaches and get to know them."

Once again, Woodard will be joined by his parents on this trip to Ohio State, and they have been with him to Columbus on previous trips.

"My mom and dad will be with me, and they have been there before," he noted. "My mom has never been on a tour of the campus, and we will be doing that on this trip."

Although Ohio State is at or near the top of Woodard's list, there are others still in the mix.

"Notre Dame, Michigan State and Rutgers are still in the mix," Woodard stressed. "I like Notre Dame a lot, and they're a great program. Michigan State has sort of come in on me late, but I like them. I'm not sure what's going on with Rutgers, because they've been through so many changes."

Woodard has not set a specific date to announce his choice, but he has a certain time-frame in mind.

"I want to wait too much longer, and I plan on getting it done before next summer," he added. "I'd like to have this done before too much longer."

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