LaGrange (Ga.) product Justin Woodard has seen his stock rise since the end of the season. The result of his rise has seen several schools come forward with a scholarship.
"I've got an offer from Kentucky, from Ball State, Southern Miss, Troy State, Georgia Southern and Middle Tennessee State," Woodard explained. "I'm really waiting for my visit to Kentucky, that's on the 20th (of January). My teammate Demetrice Goode, he's already committed there, so that definitely is going to be have a huge impact on my decision. We're really good friends and that would be really big having him go up there with me."
As a junior, Woodard recorded 95 tackles and 7.5 sacks for Troupe County in LaGrange (Ga.).
"I've also got a visit to Kent State on the 6th (of January)," Woodard stated. "I'd say it's pretty much between Ball State and Kentucky. I like both schools alot. Both of their coaching staffs have really recruited me hard. Ball State was recently in for an in-home visit."
The 6-foot-2, 215 pound defensive end is a speedster off the outside. In a summer camp at Auburn, he was the fastest recorded defensive ends there.
"I'm looking for early pt, that's a big thing for me," Woodard said. "I compare myself to a Jevon Kearse type defensive end. I run the forty in the middle 4.6's. I play every down hard and do what I can for my team. I know I need to get stronger to play at the next level, so I've already bulked up to 215 right now."
As a senior Woodard recorded 73 tackles, including 37 solo tackles. He led the team in sacks as well, with 6, despite having to move from Defensive End to Linebacker in the season opener because of injuries to teammates. For his 13 tackle season-opening effort, Woodard was named the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Defensive Player-of-the-Week.
The defensive specialist is looking to make a decision in mid-January.