Mesquite RB/CB Makes Plans

Mesquite (Texas) running back/cornerback Alex Woodley is excited to be heading back to Ames this weekend to watch the Nebraska game. Iowa State has been high on the list of Woodley since last spring when he attended summer camp. Just how highly do the Cyclones rank on the 5-foot-10, 180-pounder's list?

"Iowa State is number one. Notre Dame is number two. Oklahoma State will probably be number three. Texas A&M would probably be four. Missouri would probably be number five.

"I'm looking forward to coming up (to Ames) and having a good time. I've been up there once and just want to come up there again and take a look around to see how a game is. I haven't been to a game yet. Nebraska is a pretty good team. I want to check out the environment, how the crowd is and talk to the coaches once again."

Limited by a severely sprained ankle over the summer, Woodley was only able to take part in a few areas of camp. But he feels the coaching staff got an idea of what he brings to the table.

"I had hurt it before I came up there and just pretty much ran through some drills to tell the coaches a few things I could do," he said. "I couldn't do the drills like the 40-yard dash and shuttle. It was messed up pretty bad. The trainer taped it up and I ran a couple of drills with them."

But more importantly, he got a good feel for the ISU campus and surroundings.

"I've been up there once and talked to the coaches," Woodley said. "I really like the coaching staff. I've been around some of the other schools and I like the Iowa State coaching staff better than the rest of them. I also like the campus. It's just a nice place to be. I'm thinking about majoring in communications. Iowa State's got a real good program. That's another thing about them that I like."

Woodley rushed for 724 yards last season as a junior for Mesquite, which won the Class 5A state championship.

"He's a slasher type that's very explosive," said Mesquite head coach Steve Halpin. "He's got great vision. I would call him very versatile, because he can run over people and make them miss."

That role will increase this season for obvious reasons, as the Skeeters lost 35 seniors off of their title team.

"He's a tremendous athlete and very versatile," Halpin said. "He's going to play both ways for us, cornerback and running back. He's a difference maker for us in our program. He is one of only about two or three (back from last year). We're struggling right now."

One glaring reason sticks out as to why the Skeeters have been struggling. Woodley sat out the first three games for disciplinary reasons and watched his team lose each contest.

Although Cyclone running backs coach Tony Alford is Woodley's main recruiter and would like to sign him as a tailback, Halpin thinks that his star athlete is best suited for defense.

"I think he's going to be a corner," Halpin said. "I'm not sure as a running back he's going to be big enough to take a pounding if he goes to a Big 12 school. He has a lot of speed, athleticism and is very strong. Everybody is looking for bigger, stronger corners and I think Alex fits that mold.

"He can play on an island and that's what we will do for the remainder of the season. He can play man, bump coverage and off. He can play anywhere in the secondary."

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