'Cats In Hot Pursuit Of Woods

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State has added their name to a long list of schools pursing Trevor Wood from Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, Ariz. It will take some doing to get Wood, a Chaparral the 6-foot-6, 238-pound tight end out of The Grand Canyon State considering his family ties to the University of Arizona and nearby Arizona State also in hot pursuit.

The Wildcats will take their chances and the offer has piqued Wood's interest in the program.

"Kansas State dropped by with an offer last week," Wood acknowledged to KStateFans.com. "After watching me in practice, they told my coach about the offer. They liked my ability to move around. I can either put my hand on the ground in a three-point stance or flex out at receiver and run a good route. I think they liked my versatility more than anything.

"I haven't spoken with [Kansas State] directly yet but I will be calling the coach soon. It's an exciting offer. From what I know, Kansas State has a good program and does an excellent job of developing players."

Wood said he has received offers from Kansas State, Michigan State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Nebraska, and Hawaii because of what he's shown in spring ball. He sat out the 2012 season because of a torn labrum suffered just two weeks prior to the start of his junior year at Chaparral.

"I don't even have a junior highlight tape so the offers have definitely been from the coaches come out and taking a look at me perform," he said. "I feel like I'm faster and stronger than ever and running better routes. I've had eight to nine month now to fully recover from the injury and have spent a significant amount of time in the weight room during that time."

Wood has an older brother, Carter, who is now a redshirt freshman offensive lineman at Arizona. His father, Dave, also played at Arizona and spent a number of season in the NFL, first with the San Francisco 49ers. Will the family connection land Wood in Tucson? Right now, he says he isn't ruling anyone out.

"My family connection with Arizona will definitely play a role in my decision," Wood explained. "I know the program well, but I'm trying to figure out which school is the best fit for me. I'm looking at all the programs that have offered me equally at this point. They all have something positive to give in different ways. I'm looking at schools with strong academics, a team that has good camaraderie, and a family atmosphere. I just need to take campus visits to see how it feels being there and how I think I'd fit in. At times, I think I'd like to commit before my senior season, but then I think I'd like to wait it out so I can take my official visits. Right now, I'm open on the date I'm going to commit and have no idea who I'll commit to."

Wood says he's likely to take a swing of California, Oregon, and Washington in early summer for campus visits, but is unsure where he'll travel after that. At Chaparral, Wood plays defensive end situationally and says he has received recruiting attention of the defensive side of the ball as well.

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