Woods Impresses at State Tournament

Carey Woods caught the eye of many Gopher fans hoping to see the future in Mankato West quarterback and Gopher commit Philip Nelson. While Nelson played well in the state semi-final game, the star of the show was undoubtedly Bemidji wide receiver Carey Woods.

The senior receiver built on a season in which he's compiled over 40 receptions, 1,000 yards, and 17 touchdowns by electrifying the Metrodome crowd last week. Playing in the state tournament at such a large venue was a great experience for the talented receiver.

"It was amazing," said Woods. "It felt like I was playing in a video game. It was so intense and it was just fun to be around my guys in that situation."

Woods wasn't able to go to any camps over the summer as he was playing AAU basketball but he has stopped playing to focus on football as he would like to play at the collegiate level. Despite the relatively late start to recruiting, interest has been picking up.

He has gained the attention of both the University of North Dakota and North Dakota State University. While he plays both wide receiver and defensive back, both schools are recruiting Woods as a wide receiver. The Gophers have sent the senior letters and emails but have not called to take his recruitment to the next level thus far.

While neither of the North Dakota schools has offered Woods a full ride yet, they have been talking to him about taking an official visit and a possible scholarship. Would Carey have interest in walking on at the U if the Gophers were to offer a preferred walk-on spot?

"I don't know, he said. "That one would be tough because if I got offered money to play at a lower level like NDSU I might take the scholarship money."

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