Canadian lineman likes the Cards

Canadian offensive lineman Andrew Woodruff recently spoke to ITV about playing in the Canadian Junior League, his current favorites and more.

Last fall the Louisville coaching staff turned to Canada to secure its first commitment in running back Reggie Bradshaw. Louisville is once again pursuing a player north of the border in offensive lineman Andrew Woodruff.

Woodruff (6'2, 297) is taking a similar route as did Bradshaw in that they both played in the Canadian Junior League. Woodruff played for the Victoria Rebels, who ended their season in the league's championship game.

By playing in the Canadian Junior League, Woodruff was able to continue to improve.

"I think my pass blocking needs some more work," explained Woodruff. "Playing in that league has helped me to improve my strength and speed. The competition in that league is a lot quicker than it is in high school, so it has been a real help."

His season with the Victoria Rebels ended in late January, but Woodruff told me that he continues to work in the weight room, as well as on the track. He also informed me that he looks for unconventional ways to help improve his strength.

"I'll go hiking, dig ditches, run the stairs in the gym and things like that. It helps to keep things interesting while working on my strength."

His hard work seems to be paying off, as he recently stood out from the crowd during the NorCal Nike Camp in early May. Following the camp Woodruff was named Top Lineman at the camp. In addition to this honor, Woodruff was the youngest player to ever be named 1st Team All-Junior League. He was also named the Top Offensive Lineman for the province of British Columbia following his senior year at Victoria High School.

His performance at the NorCal Camp has brought increased interest from a number of programs. Woodruff is now hearing from Louisville, California, Arizona State, Boise State, Southern Cal and Colorado State. He made an unofficial visit to Cal prior to the NorCal camp and he has made official visits to Akron and Central Florida.

Akron and Boise State have extended scholarship offers to Woodruff. He is scheduled to take another official visit in a few weeks to the campus of Boise State. According to Woodruff, Louisville has invited him to visit the Cardinals football complex and campus in September, which will allow him to experience a game at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.

While in Louisville, Woodruff will be keeping his eyes open for a number of things to find out if it could be the program for him continue his football career.

"I want to find a school that has a good balance of football and academics," said Woodruff. "I will also watch the players to see if they have completely bought into the coaching staff's philosophies and that 100% effort is being given by everyone."

Woodruff, who like Bradshaw, would enroll mid-year, allowing him to participate in spring practice, listed Boise State, Louisville and Cal as his current favorites.

"Those are the ones that I like right now, but I haven't visited everyone, so things could still change."

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