Wood will visit this weekend

With things returning to somewhat normalcy in Houston after feeling the wrath of Hurricane Ike, Second Baptist junior quarterback Conner Wood is beginning to settle into his role with the Eagles as well as open up his college recruitment.

Two weekends ago, Wood (6-4, 195, 4.92) made the trip to Dallas for the Red River Shootout between Oklahoma and Texas.

               

Two schools that are recruiting the junior signal caller, Wood said it was enjoyable seeing the high octane offenses that he might be running one day going back and forth against one another.

               

"You never had to wait for anything," Wood said. "Whenever the Longhorn offense was off the field, I got a chance to see what [Oklahoma quarterback] Sam [Bradford] and the Sooner offense could do. It was pretty entertaining to watch. The stadium is not that big, but it definitely got pretty loud."

               

Yet, unlike most Texans, Wood had no favorite heading into the rivalry.

               

"I grew up in Kansas, so I didn't really follow Texas or Oklahoma," Wood said. "I knew about them, but I didn't grow up a fan of either by any means."

               

Though the Houston-native had no loyalties on the line, he was interested in the different offenses each team ran, and how he might fit into them down the road.

               

"I really liked seeing how each team used their quarterback," Wood said. "On one hand you had the pro-style pocket passing at Oklahoma, and then you have the offense that spreads it out like Texas and lets the quarterback make plays with his feet."

               

A healthy blend of that offense can be found in LSU offensive coordinator Gary Crowton's package, which Wood is already becoming familiar with.

               

"I like a little more dynamic in the play calling, and you see that with LSU," Wood said. "I have always been interested in LSU, just realizing the caliber of football played there.  But things really sunk in last spring when coach Crowton came to my school. I was just living in my own world, and a coach from the National Champions was at my school to check me out. That was just a big deal. It hit me then, and I knew that interest was there on my part if they were coming after me."

               

Wood will pay coach Crowton a visit this weekend as he makes his first trip to Tiger Stadium.

               

"The Georgia game should be a great time," Wood said. "Of course, I have heard lots of great things about Tiger Stadium. I am just ready to check it out for myself. It should be a good chance to get to meet everyone in Baton Rouge and start to get a feel for the atmosphere."

               

With LSU taking a number of quarterbacks out of Texas over the last few years, Wood says that he would be comfortable falling into that lineage of passers leaving the Lone Star state behind.

               

"I am not scared to leave the state if the fit is right," Wood said. "I want to stay in the south, but that doesn't mean I am staying in Texas. I am going to find the place that fits me the best and go with it. I have a lot of options that will come my way."

               

Conner Wood currently holds offers from Iowa and Duke.


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