Ohio Athlete to Visit UNC

With the rumors surrounding Bill Callahan's future at Nebraska, Cornhusker pledge D.J. Woods has begun to look around.

"Nebraska is going through a rough time right now with the coaching staff so I've been keeping my options open," Woods said. "If something happens, I'm not going to end up at Nebraska anymore."

In July, Woods verbally committed to Nebraska. The 6-foot, 165-pound athlete from Strongsville (Ohio) hasn't officially de-committed, but it seems like only a matter of time.

"I have to call the coaches to de-commit," Woods said. "But, I've been talking about it with my dad and I think I'm going to end up de-committing, because I've been thinking about other schools."

North Carolina is among the schools Woods has been thinking about.

"I've been talking to their coaches [and] I've been talking to my trainer Mark Harris because he knows the North Carolina coaches really well," Woods said. "… They're really interested in me and I think they're going to offer."

Steve Hagen, who has become Woods' UNC primary recruiter, first contacted Woods a week ago.

Woods, who has yet to visit UNC, plans to attend UNC's ACC bout with Maryland.

"I'm going to go down there not this weekend, but next weekend," Woods said. "I think it's an official [visit], but I'll have to talk to my dad to make sure it is."

Woods is also planning trips to Auburn and West Virginia.

Outside of Ohio State, who offered him as a defensive back, Woods is being recruited as a wide receiver. UNC is also recruiting him primarily as a receiver, but admires his versatility.

"They said they want me as a kick returner/punt returner right away, and eventually make a big impact on offense and defense," Woods said. "They said they can use me kind of like a slot or wide out receiver. Just because they know what kind of speed I have. They know I have the ability to break away from someone. Coach Hagen was talking about me being a home run guy."

At Strongsville, Woods stars at receiver and handles all of the team's returning duties. He also serves as a shutdown cornerback in critical situations.

An injury has limited Woods to participating in just the first five games of his senior season. In those five games, he pulled in 38 catches for 812 yards and eight touchdowns.

Woods has been sidelined since he suffered a blood clot in his spinal canal. He had surgery last Monday and expects to return to the field next Friday. Doctors don't expect the problem to be reoccurring.

With a restart to his recruitment, Woods plans to handle things with a "day-to-day" approach while focusing on three key items.

"The number one big thing is good people," Woods said. "I want to be around good people that I connect with automatically.

"The second thing is education. I want to make sure they have a great education for me.

"And the third thing is football. I want to be apart of a great program and help out the team as much as I can."

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