Indiana doesn't have its eye on just one player from Naples, Florida's Golden Gate H.S. – it wants three of them.
The Hoosiers have set their sights on wide receiver J.D. Woods, defensive end Anthony Mains and free safety Peter St. Ford as potential difference makers in the 2008 recruiting class. IU has already offered the 6-2, 180-pound Woods and the 6-6, 210-pound Mains, and the teammates talk about the possibility of playing together in college on a fairly regular basis.
"We talk about it every day we see each other," said Woods, who also has scholarship offers from West Virginia, Syracuse, UAB, Ball State and Connecticut. "Indiana is a school that all three of us would go to. So they are very high on my list."
Mains, meanwhile, said Indiana, Vanderbilt, Stanford, Central Florida, South Florida are his top five. He said he has share of days when he'd like to continue playing with Woods after their days at Golden Gate H.S. have come to an end.
"We update each other about every day on recruiting," Mains said. "Personally, I'd love to still play with D.J. He pushes me and I push him. It would work out good.
"Some days I feel it would be better to make individual decisions, but other days I'd like to go to the same school, because I know it would help with home sickness, but I'd also like to have a teammate that I've known for a long time."
Indiana is certainly hoping the three opt to make the trip to Bloomington together. Mains is an explosive rush end who had 67 tackles, nine sacks and 17 tackles for loss as a junior. Woods, meanwhile, caught 31 passes for 523 yards and six touchdowns last season.
Spearheading IU's efforts with the trio of prep teammates is Billy Lynch. The Hoosiers' wide receiver coach has struck a chord with both Woods and Mains, who each pointed to Lynch's enthusiasm as big draws.
"He's a pumped up guy," Mains said. "I'd like to play for him."
There's even more of a draw for Woods, who also knows that Lynch would be his position coach as well if he wound up in Bloomington.
"He's done an awesome job recruiting me," Woods said. "I met him, and we just started laughing. He said a lot of things I liked. It's a bond, I felt comfortable with him. This is my coach, the receiver coach, and my recruiting coach. We had a good conversation, a great conversation."
Editor's Note: HoosierNation.com will have individual features on both Woods and Mains coming soon…
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