Woods Likes Iowa

Preston Woods Jr. is a rising prospect in the Class of 2014. The Minnesota DT dropped into Iowa's Junior Day on Sunday to get a look at the Hawkeyes. Read what he thought about the stop and where he's headed next in this recruiting update.

Preston Woods Jr. can get by without a lot of bells and whistles. The Class of 2014 defensive tackle is more comfortable mucking it up in the trenches. It's what attracts him to Iowa.

"The coaches are amazing," Woods Jr. said. "They're just straight forward with you. They're old school. They're not all glamour."

Woods Jr. stopped by the Hawkeyes junior day on Sunday. The 6-foot-3, 280-pound prospect from South Saint Paul (MN) High liked what he saw.

"The iowa visit was great," Woods Jr. said. "The people there are welcoming. The stadium was great.

"I really enjoyed the weight room there. Their head coach for strength and conditioning (Chris Doyle), I like how he gave a speech on success and how it goes with academics. They have like a 20 percent higher graduation rate than the general student population."

Woods Jr. said he got to speak with his lead recruiter, Eric Johnson, and defensive line coach Reese Morgan.

"We did position meetings and that went really well," Woods Jr. said. "Coach Morgan is an old school guy. He's hard-nosed, which I really like."

The Iowa coaches told Woods Jr. that they liked his attitude and ability to lead, he said.

"They said to just keep doing what I'm doing and they're excited about my future," Woods Jr. said. "They said I can be one of those players that they're looking for."

Woods Jr. said he will attend Minnesota's junior day and plans on being at similar events for Michigan and Michigan State. He said he's also hearing from Nebraska, Wisconsin, Arkansas and Missouri.

"Those schools have been recruiting me pretty hard," Woods Jr. said.

Woods Jr, who recently attended the Proving Ground Combine in California, also is expected to be at the Nike Combine in Champaign this spring. He still is awaiting his first scholarship offer.

"I'm open to anything in recruiting," he said. "I will keep my options open until I get that feeling for one school."

Woods Jr. is looking to study sports medicine or physical therapy in college.

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