Bloomington, Ind. – Wide receiver J.D. Woods might be from Florida, but a trip around the Bloomington, Ind., campus this weekend didn't make him feel like he was hundreds miles away from Naples.
"When I went on campus, I felt like I was at home," Woods said. "It was nice. I'm not used to seeing the leaves fall and changing colors. I liked it, and I felt I could adjust to that type of town."
That's good news for Indiana, but Woods wasn't quite ready to become the 16th member of the Hoosiers' 2008 recruiting class. He said IU is up there near the top, but he still plans on taking some more visits.
He said he will likely visit Vanderbilt in the next couple of weeks, and also hopes to visit Louisville and West Virginia as well.
But there's no doubt that Woods came away very impressed with what IU has to offer during his official visit.
"It was better than what I expected – a lot better," Woods said. "I had a lot of fun, the coaches are great and I really liked the school."
Woods, who was hosted by freshmen Chris Adkins and Zach Walker-Davis, had a chance to talk to junior wide receiver James Hardy about the IU offense as well.
"He told me if I like the spread, I'd love Indiana," Woods said. "They use the receivers a lot. Coach (Billy) Lynch is a great receivers coach. So he said if I want that in my college future, then I should come."
One of the things holding Woods up is a degree of uncertainty about the coaching situation at IU. Coach Bill Lynch's future in Bloomington won't be determined until after this season comes to a close, and most believe he needs to guide IU to a winning season and a bowl game berth to be retained.
It's something that Woods said he has talked to the IU staff about.
"I think about it," Woods said. "I don't want to go some place where I have a brand new coach. Once I get there if Coach Lynch leaves, then I have to adjust to a new coach who didn't recruit me. I think about it because I'm going to be there for four or five years. So that impacts me a lot."
He said the IU coaches say there intention is to be back next fall, and they want Woods to be a part of the 2008 Hoosier squad.
"I'm not trying to worry about it right now," Woods said. "I feel Coach Lynch is going to be there, and that's what I'm hoping. I talked to them about it, how long they are going to be there. They responded that they hope they're still there. If they have a winning season, they'll be there."
Woods was one of two players making his official visit this weekend. His high school teammate, Peter St. Fort, was also in town for his visit. Since Golden Gate H.S. played its game on Thursday last week, the schedule worked out for them to play in there game and also spend the weekend in Bloomington.
"It helped having him there also," Woods said. "He's already committed here, and if he likes the school, I'll probably like it as well. We helped each other out, talked about our likes about the program.
"It was great that the schedule worked out for us to make it up, because I was eager to come up and see the town. I'm really considering Indiana, and I wanted to get up there and see the town, see if I liked the atmosphere there. It worked out well."
Woods: Bloomington "Felt Like Home"
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