Wood has the right mental approach

When Hurricane Ike's path took course across southeast Texas, Houston quarterback Conner Wood's season was turned upside down. Wood (6-4, 195, 4.92) is being tabbed as one of the state's top rated signal callers, and with interest coming from schools across the country, the Second Baptist quarterback knew this was his season to set the bar.

"We started off 1-2," Wood said. "Things were out of the normal motion, but we rallied and bounced back. We are 2-0 in district, and we are coming off a really big win last Friday over our rival, Westbrook Christian. I can say we are finally looking ahead right now. It just took a few games to get into the groove, performance-wise."

 

Sitting at 3-2, Wood has the team back to the form that gives them the best shot at success. He’s completed 65 of 113 passes for 828 yards with eight touchdowns and two interceptions.

 

Wood has also added 179 yards and six scores on 37 rushes to keep defenses honest. He may be putting up some good numbers at the halfway point of the season, but he knows it’s been a team effort.

 

"We are pulling it together on offense," Wood said. "I am learning a lot of new schemes, but the defense is helping out by playing unbelievable. We saw it all come together last weekend. It was just a great game for us."

 

Though busy with his high school teammates under the lights on Friday nights, Wood said that his Saturday’s are spent with all eyes on college football.

 

"I watch as many games as I can," he said. "I have seen a couple of LSU games this season. The Auburn game was amazing. Jarrett [Lee] came in and played really well. I watched some of the Mississippi State game last weekend as well.

 

"I like what LSU does on offense," Wood added. "They run some pro-style, putting the quarterback with a lot of takes from under center. But at the same time, there are a lot of shotgun sets which is a good blend. I talked to [offensive coordinator] coach [Gary] Crowton last week and he was explaining it all to me. He is really excited about the things they have in store on offense this season, that's for sure."

 

While Wood said that he is anxious to see the Tigers in Gainesville this Saturday night, he will get a chance to see another of the weekend's headliner games up close.

 

"I am going to the Red River Shootout," he said. "Texas and Oklahoma are both teams I am looking at, and it is always a great game. I saw Texas play Rice a few weeks ago as well. Coach [Mack] Brown has been in contact with me from time to time. He's a great coach, and a really great recruiter."

 

After camping at a number of schools this summer, including LSU, Wood hopes to turn the connections he made into relationships over the course of his junior year.

 

"I am trying to keep in touch with everyone," he said. "I went to a number of camps, and I am just trying to stay in contact with everyone I met, from coaches to players."

 

In Baton Rouge, Wood ran into fellow Houston-native and LSU commit Russell Shepard.

 

"I met Russell at camp this summer," Wood said. "Being from Houston, I knew all the hype that was surrounding his process. I had never met him, so I didn't know what to expect. I guess I figured he'd be cocky or have a swagger. But he was the most normal kid you could ever meet. The minute you meet him you can tell he is just a great person. We exchanged numbers and text each other whenever. I was definitely glad I got a chance to meet him."

 

Wood, who currently has one scholarship offer from Iowa, said that mail has come from all the schools in the Big 12 as well as Georgia, Alabama, Arizona and LSU. He knows that he will have his hands full over the next two seasons as he juggles football and recruitment.

 

Yet, the Houston-native continues to take a nonchalant approach to the recruiting aspect of it all.

 

"All I can do is go out and work hard and play my best," Wood said. "If I play my hardest and practice my hardest, then the recruiting side of it will fall into place. That's how I am approaching things."

 

Note: Wood said that he hopes to make it to Baton Rouge for the LSU-Georgia game but he was unsure if he would be able to.


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