Over a year later, college recruiters are beginning to find Robert Woods.
"The first game when I had two touchdowns, it was going from there where I thought I could play and dominate my position," the class-of-2010 receiver from Gardena, Calif., explained.
California, Colorado, UCLA and Stanford have already sent in written scholarship offers, letting the 6-foot-1, 185-pound Woods know they'd like to eventually have him in uniform. USC and Arizona State have given verbal offers and are also showing heavy interest in the Serra High standout.
Notre Dame has been sending Woods mail.
"Yes it actually is," Woods answered when asked if Notre Dame is a school he is interested in. "A big powerhouse school. I like there discipline, how their team unity is very good, and a lot of players seem to do well after college."
Woods' confidence kept on growing as a sophomore. He finished the season with 43 receptions for 801 yards and seven touchdowns. He added 273 yards rushing with two more scores, and also found the end zone three more times on punt and interception returns. Named the Defensive Player of the Year in his league, Woods racked up 81 tackles with eight interceptions a sack and a fumble recovery.
The production has continued this fall. In helping Serra jump out to a 6-0 start including wins over Carson and Taft, Woods has 17 receptions for 326 yards and 11 total touchdowns.
"We're on the right path this year," Woods said.
Woods thinks that every school is recruiting him as a receiver.
"They say they like my athleticism and the way I move swiftly to the ball," Woods said. "Just that I'm a quick and exciting player."
Woods is also a fast player.
At USC's Skills Camp this summer, he clocked a 4.43 second 40-yard dash. During the track season last spring, Woods ran a 48.6 electronic timed 400 to place second in CIF League Championships.
Woods, who has a 3.1 GPA, has visited all the local schools including trips to UCLA for the Washington State game and USC for the Ohio State game this fall.
"We'll probably be driving around this summer," Woods said. His father played cornerback at Grambling St.
"I'll probably decide around my senior season, once I see some more recruits commit and see where I want to go and see where I can have my best college career.
"It will probably have to be a great program, great coaching staff, great team unity and just be able to win games and have a chance at the National Championship."