Woods will put Elton on the map in 2005

Elton High School is a small Class A school in Southwest Louisiana that most college coaches did not know about until now.

This year, Elton will be on the radar of coaches from all over America as they travel to the small town to check out one of the top defensive linemen in the country in Al Woods.

Woods (6-4, 315, 5.0) is a physical specimen that leaves coaches in awe once they see him in person. He looks like he has been in a college strength and conditioning program for years and has incredible strength for someone his age with a 415-pound bench press.

"Some coaches I have talked to had to see him to believe it," said Elton assistant coach Rodney Lacombe. "They say he looks much bigger than he looks on tape. They could not believe he was that big. They say the difference is unbelievable."

Last season, Woods played the tackle and end position for Elton and could probably play either at the next level. He was a nightmare for the opposition with more than 100 tackles to his credit, which garnered first team All-State honors.

"His speed, size and aggressiveness is so impressive," Lacombe said. "When he goes full speed there is no stopping him. I have seen him totally dominate people for years. He will run from sideline to sideline and chase people down from behind."

Les Miles has already extended an offer to Woods and some of the schools that have said they will offer soon include USC, Notre Dame, UCLA and Clemson.

Miles said when he took the job that he was going to keep the top players from leaving the state and Woods is one of his top targets.

"We've spoken with his assistants and they want him real bad," Lacombe said. "They said they are just so impressed with his speed and size."

Sonny's Take: I've never seen Woods in person but the film clips I have seen are very impressive. He has a quick first step and actually looks faster than the forty-time his coach gave me. Some will say he the competition he is playing against helps him look so dominant but what I look at is his physical skills. No one can question the kid's size and strength. Coach Lacombe said they are waiting to see how high he scores on the ACT when he takes it in April but his GPA should be to go. This kid has all of the makings of a big-time recruit.

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