Lo Wood, a shut down cornerback from Apopka, Florida, made a visit to Georgia Tech Saturday for its Elite Junior Day. Wood's only previous experience with Tech was as a visitor to Georgia for Tech's win in Athens. Tech had been sending him stuff for months and wanted him to come visit their games, but he could never make them. Finally, he made the visit. How was his trip to Atlanta?
"Of all the trips I've taken, it was neck and neck with Michigan as my best recruiting trip. Georgia Tech just jumped up a big notch over everybody else."
Wood said that he was in attendance for the Michigan-Michigan State game and that he didn't think any school could match Michigan in terms of how good the people were. But Georgia Tech really surprised him as he said the people there were really down to earth.
"It was a great opportunity to sit down with Coach Johnson," Lo said, "He gave it to me straight, and my father was there, too. Another big plus was that (linebackers) Coach BJ (Brian Jean-Mary) is an Apopka alumni. My father is too, so that's good."
What were the coaches telling Lo when he was at Tech?
"They said that I'm the top defensive back on their list. They like the way I play and they said that I'd be very easy to coach. They said that because they think I'm already ready to play and could learn the philosophy quickly."
Tech's coaches were surprised that Lo showed up at their Junior Day as he had already had an offer and lives pretty far away. Lo's response to their surprise was, "We have to check it out since we got the offer." He could have gone to FSU, Florida, Stanford, Duke, Louisville, or NC State's junior days, but he chose to visit Tech. Michigan didn't have one or he'd have probably gone there. Tech's coaches were still very happy he came and were impressed that he did. It will be his only Junior Day visit.
Wood said more about his trip that, "In Atlanta, it's a city that if you come out with a degree from Tech, there's many opportunities. But, today was about people. That's how it was at Michigan, and that's the way it is at Tech. It's very important. The speaker there was talking about it, too. He said that through the next four years, you will become who you are because of the people around you. They also talked about academics forever. That's good, too. It's important."
Another thing that the Yellow Jackets may have going for them is Lo's relationship with Tech A-back Embry Peeples.
"Embry is my God-brother. My father coached and trained both of us. We're like brothers. We're very close."
So could Lo see himself suiting up in the same uniform as Embry?
"I can see myself there. But, I'm still very open to everything. Georgia Tech is a school, though, that any athlete would be crazy not to see themselves there."
Right now, Wood has offers from Michigan, Georgia Tech, Stanford, and FIU. He also has a verbal from Duke but said he only takes the official offers seriously. "If no more offers come," he said, "it wouldn't be a problem." He says he is focusing on those schools that offer and that based on history, prestige, people, and academics, Michigan and Georgia Tech are his top two schools right now. "Michigan has been there from day one and Georgia Tech is really getting things going with me. Michigan was my leader before the trip (to Tech) but Georgia Tech looks really good."
Lo indicated he still is open. It could end up to be a battle between Michigan and Georgia Tech, though. He's looking at a spring commitment and playing time and academics will be the big factors. He will be at Georgia Tech's spring game and will also give Michigan a visit sometime in the spring. Michigan has definitely seemed like the favorite for awhile. But, Lo's trip to Atlanta really made a big impression.
"The staff there, they all knew my name and gave me so much love and attention. I want to make sure where I go, that I'm wanted. Coach Paul Johnson really is serious about who he wants. That was made clear."