"There's a lot to like about Vanderbilt."
"Coach Gattis offered me over the phone," said Lorenzo Woodley from Columbus High School in Miami, Fla. "He likes that I'm a big back, but also an all-around back. I can catch the ball out of the backfield or take it outside or between the tackles inside.
Woodley says he's aware of the recent success Vanderbilt has enjoyed with Coach Franklin both on the field and on the recruiting front.
"I know [Vanderbilt] have been doing a good job rebuilding," Woodley said. "They had a productive season last year. While they still haven't established themselves as one of the top SEC teams, they're still very competitive.
"My coach told me they're one of the top colleges in the country as far as academics. It's a private school in a great conference. There's a lot to like about Vanderbilt."
Mississippi State and Ole Miss have also offered Woodley. He had an early offer from Tennessee, but it was later rescinded with the departure of Charlie Baggett.
"I hadn't heard from Tennessee since the offer, so I was wondering what was going on," he said. "Coach Coiner came by in the spring and told me coach I didn't have an offer.
"I liked Miami, but they said they were just taking one running back in this year's class. I'm going to go to some camps this summer to try and get a couple more offers.
"I'm going to look at how deep they are at running back in the depth chart. I want to take a look at the offense and see how well I see myself fitting in it.
"I would like to play in a pro-style (offense), but I want to see how involved the running back is in the offense. The facilities are something I need to consider because I'm going to be spending a lot of time training there."
Woodley had 88 carries for 727 yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior for the Columbus Explorers, a team that went 10-3 and made the Florida 8A state quarterfinals.
"At the beginning of the season I suffered an injury," Woodley said, "so I felt like I did a good job bouncing back from that and going on have have a productive year.
"My best game was a district game against Coral Park where I had 173 yards rushing on just three carries and a touchdown. I'm happy with my performance because I did better than the year before, and that's always my goal."
Woodley was named Second Team All- Miami Dade County in 2011. He was named to the All-Combine team at a Nike Football Training Camp in April.
Alabama, Florida, Florida State and Miami are a few of the camps Woodley plans on attending during the summer months. Follow @VandyManiacom
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