Massive LA Prospect Interested In NU

The time-honored tradition of the Blackshirts has been going for many a-decade and the Cornhuskers are always looking for the best and brightest to add to that tradition. As Nebraska continues their search for defensive stalwarts for the 2005-2006 recruiting class, they have identified one mammoth young man from Louisiana that definitely fits the bill.

Al Woods is a monster defensive tackle both figuratively and literally.  Woods stands 6' 5", weighs in at 325 pounds and runs a 5.1 40-yard dash.  He benches 415 pounds, squats 600 pounds and cleans 310 pounds, though he mentions a new coach has come in and those numbers have dipped some as of late, he plans they will return in the near future.  He carries a 2.5 GPA in the classroom and has already taken the ACT once, scoring a 14.  He plans to continue to take the test multiple times throughout his junior and senior years to get the highest score possible.    Woods racked up 100 tackles with 11 for loss, two sacks, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovered in his junior campaign. 

Woods was named First Team All-State, First Team All-district and First Team Southwest Louisiana amongst other honors.  He currently holds written offers from LSU, USC, Clemson and Nebraska and has gotten interest from Oklahoma, Miami, Florida State, Michigan, Kentucky, Louisville, Tennessee, Arkansas, UCLA, Florida and Tulane amongst others.  He also mentioned that while he hasn't received anything concrete from Auburn as of late, he would like to in the future.  Out of that large group, he claims USC, Oklahoma, LSU, Clemson, Nebraska and UCLA as his current favorites.  Woods plans to camp at the MCL Combine, a Nike Camp, an LSU Camp as well as at Oklahoma and USC.  He cites his strong points as his ability to chase the ball, break down the line of scrimmage, his aggressiveness and his ability to help teammates beside him.

Growing up, Woods had quite the affinity for a particular Big XII school.  "(I liked) Oklahoma.  They had real good runningback in Quentin Griffin. I used to see him play all the time and I just fell I love with that school," he said.  Woods professes an enjoyment of Oklahoma to this day.  Another Big XII school that has stepped up their pursuit of Woods is the University of Nebraska and Al was one happy individual when he received that offer.  "I got the letter in the mail and I thought it was another letter telling me how Coach Callahan was and it said, ‘this is an official letter for a scholarship' and I ran and showed my mom and dad and we were all just excited," he said.  Woods said that the NU offer, "Just made me want to go into the weight room to work harder and harder to get better."

According to Woods, Nebraska contacts him every two days to a week, so the desire to get him to Lincoln has become quite apparent  In discussion some of the major factors in Woods' eventual collegiate decision, he cited high graduation rates as a factor along with if a school feels like home and stated that distance is not a factor.  He also mentioned that how he relates to coaches is a big factor as well.  When asked about any unofficial or official visits he has planned, Woods said, "I kind of plan to go and visit LSU, Miami, Oklahoma, and USC."  When asked if he would be interested in visiting Nebraska during their Spring Game, Woods said, "If I can get out there I'd be glad to go, but I've got to go with my parents." 

In talking to Woods, he was asked what about the University of Nebraska was attractive to him.  He said, "They've got really good coaches, they have a tradition of winning and they know how to win, they have a good program over there."  He said that the majority of the NU coaching staff has been writing him and his favorite coach thus far is defensive line coach John Blake.  Woods mentioned how Blake lays out how he is as a coach and what he expects.  Woods enjoys that about Blake quite a bit.  Regardless of where Woods chooses to go for college, the lucky school that gets him will be inheriting a fine young man with a desire to become the best. 

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