Woods Happy To Be Part of MSU Family

No one is happier to be part of the Michigan State family that new interior line comittment Anthony Woods of Melvindale high school.

MELVINDALE, MI - No one is happier to be part of the Michigan State family that new interior line comittment Anthony Woods of Melvindale high school.

At 6-foot-4, 294-pounds, Woods has the size and the athleticism to play either side of the ball and he talked exclusively to GSN about his decision to be a Spartan.

"It took me about two weeks (to make my decision)," said Woods, who told GSN he was offered by Michigan State and took just a little time to mull things over.

Woods selected the Spartans over Toledo, Virginia Tech, Virginia, Colorado, Ohio State and Eastern Michigan.

"I like the campus, it's lovely," said Woods. They told me I would fit into the program real good. He told me they are looking for linemen and a player like me could play both sides of the ball so when I got there, they would decide where to play me."

Woods said he has no preference about which side of the ball he plays.

He talked about his good friend, Nicholas Perry who moved to Detroit King. Woods said he made many good friends among his teammates and all of them took the closing of MacKenzie high school extremely hard.

"It was actually pretty devastating," admitted Woods. "Nobody wanted to leave but after it closed, we had to make a decision to go somewhere and I felt like Melvindale was the best thing for me."

"I didn't know anybody, but (I knew) they had a good (coaching) staff and they were focused on academics first. They told me they were going to turn me into a man first and sports were second. They were thinking about grades and when they said that sports were second, I knew."

When asked if he felt a similar bond with the MSU coaching staff, Woods said they had the same emphasis on the right things and that is what sold him on the program.

"Yes, I'm looking for that family-type atmosphere."

Woods talked about a conversation that he had with MSU offensive line coach Dan Roushar.

"Coach Roushar (and I), we sat down for a long time and we told me he'd love to have me play offense instead of defense. He said he'd love to have me as a guard."

Woods said he think he's versatile enough to do what Coach Roushar wants, or he could switch to the other side of the ball.

"I think I can do everything well. I consider myself a football player, an athlete, I'm versatile. Just as long as I'm on the field.

Woods focused on his ability to block in space. "I consider myself very agile. Like a good pass rusher on defense, getting between the blocker and getting to the running back."

And just because they are no longer teammates, that doesn't mean that Woods doesn't keep in touch with his old friend, the uncommitted Nick Perry.

Woods said he intends to do some recruiting of his own.

"Yeah, I'm going to talk to him and see what he's talking about."

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