It was late-October when
It's been since July when Woods committed to the big red. The time between now and then has been tumultuous to say the least, trying at best and the future Woods looked at as a Husker, basically went up in smoke.
That was when Bill Callahan
officially became the former Head Coach, cementing all the rumors and almost
solidifying the decision D.J. and his parents made, just in case something like
this was going to happen. That was to decommit, not necessarily looking to shut
the door on the Huskers, but making sure all the other schools courting him knew
that he was serious about looking at them, should the worst happen in
The worst has happened, but the coaches who D.J.
committed to and those his parents say they trust, are still around. And even
though the coaches have no idea as to what their fate will be once a new head
coach is put into place, they are on the road recruiting, trying to convince
"It was so good seeing him. I
didn't realize how much we missed him," D.J. Woods' father (Derek) said of wide
receivers coach Ted Gilmore, who has been one of D.J.'s primary recruiters since
early on in the year. "It was a little awkward, though, because we didn't know
It was perhaps a little bit of a
slip-up in scheduling, but Woods said that
The conversation didn't take long
to get to the sticking point, the one where answers are few, questions are
mounting and everyone just wants a resolution. Of course, Gilmore wasn't able to
give them any of the answers they really wanted. "But according to Woods,
Gilmore was upbeat about the future. "He said he had a good feel," Woods said of
Gilmore's comments on the situation at
"But he seemed pretty confident. I know that he and his wife really want to stay."
The future is the question, everyone wanting to know just when the future becomes now. While D.J. remains uncommitted to anyone, the entire family has never stopped looking to see what's going on with the big red. And as Woods recalled of the conversation with the receivers' coach, Gilmore actually had a question for him.
"He just wanted to know what it was going to take to get that comfort level back with them again," Woods said. "We just said that we weren't sure, but we knew what wasn't acceptable and that's him not being there anymore."
The bottom line with Woods as it
is with most any parent of a recruit or the recruit themself, is the
relationship they develop with one coach and in perfect situations, with as many
from that particular school as possible. It's one that the elder Woods said was
the big positive for
Woods said that for the same
"That's why we are only really talking to those we have gotten to know."
That list consists of
With the impending hiring of the
next head coach at Nebraska to take place perhaps as soon as early next week,
the elder Woods said his eyes and ears are pointed that way to see what happens
when the dust settles to the ground. The time as an official decommit from
Nebraska has given the family a real chance to explore all the other options,
but before anything is done they will know what's going on in Lincoln. "Everyone
knows that we won't make any sort of decision until something is official at
As any parent is wont to do, they try to put themselves in the position of their child, thinking about how they will manage life at a particular college and look at each potential coach as a parent for when the parents aren't around. Mr. Woods said of that process, they try to get the best feel they can. But when it's all said and done, the older Woods said of the younger, that only he'll know where he should really be.
"It's his choice. We are his parents and we are here to help, but it has to be his choice in the end," he said. "I know that he has developed nice relationships with many of these coaches and he feels good about those schools we know the best. But he's the one who will know inside which is the best fit.
"After this deal with