"My visit went really well," J'Marick Woods said. "We got the chance to go to the game, eat some great food and hang out with the players and coaches. I really had a good time and I liked everything about it. Mississippi State is definitely one of my top schools."
Woods used the weekend to get to know Mississippi State better. That endeavor was aided by good friend and former high school teammate Erroll Thompson. Thompson is just a few months into his Bulldog career, but provided Woods with plenty of insight.
"Erroll shot me straight," Woods shared. "He told me all about his experience and all of the things that he has gone through since he's been there. He told me about the work outs, the practices and the coaches. He let me know that if I came there, that I needed to be ready to work.
"He told me about how Mississippi State has a history of taking some players that are sort of off the radar and putting them into the NFL. He said that they develop their players and that they will get the best out of you."
Woods enjoyed the game day experience in Davis Wade Stadium despite the Bulldogs' loss to Arkansas. Bulldog fans did their part by showing up and being loud for their team. That showing was not lost on Woods, but the highlight of the trip appears to have been more about the Bulldog players.
"We got to hang out a lot with the players and that was a lot of fun," Woods said. "You get to find out a lot about how things are by talking to the players. They all made me feel like family and I believe that they would welcome me if I decided to go there."
The trip to Starkville is the last official visit on the schedule for the talented safety. With a December decision date looming, Woods is ready to consider the merits of his three finalists, Arkansas, Michigan and Mississippi State.
"I have visited all three of them and now I just have to decide, which school is the right one for me," Woods said. "I have some good options and I feel like they're all great programs. I just want to take some time and talk about things with my family and then make my decision.
"I am planning on making my decision on December 2nd and it will be one of those three schools. I am not planning any more visits and I am not really considering any other schools. It's just Michigan, Arkansas and Mississippi State now. I just need to think about everything and make the right decision for me and my future."