Woods says his mind is made up

Four-star defensive tackle Al Woods committed to LSU towards the end of his junior year but over the past month or so he has been tinkering with the notion of visiting some other schools.

The 6-3, 315-pound U.S. Army All-American was in Baton Rouge over the weekend for his official visit and before he left to head back to Southwest Louisiana he gave Les Miles a little piece of good news.


"I told him I'm not going to take any more visits," Woods said. "I'm finished."


How did the Tigers headman react?


"He had a little smile on his face and said he was glad to hear it," said Woods. "It was kind of cool to see him smile like that."


Woods grew up a Tiger fan so the concept of him making an early commitment is an easy one to grasp. He said while he knew he wanted to play for LSU he did have some concern of whether or not he was making the right choice because it is such an important decision.


After this weekend, though, any doubt he had was erased.


"The whole atmosphere and the relationship between the players and the coaches were real cool," Woods said. "When I saw that I knew that was where I wanted to go."


Woods said he spent most of his time over the weekend hanging out with the nation's No. 2 rated defensive tackle in Gerald McCoy.


The two could form quite a tandem lining up next to one another and they talked about it some.


"We were talking about playing together on the side of one another and how good we could be together," Woods said. "We're going to play together in the All-American game and we'll probably talk about it some more then."


Now that Woods decided to put an end to recruiting he said he will spend his time in the weight room and hitting the books.


The big man is close to qualifying academically as he boasts a 3.2 grade point average and is waiting for the results of his latest ACT. He said he made a 16 the first time but feels confident that he topped that score on his latest attempt.


Note: Woods confirmed that that there were a total of five official visitors this weekend with Zhamal Thomas, Perrish Cox and Jared Mitchell joining the two big tackles.

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