Woods Making The Rounds

D.J. Woods is hearing from big boys in college football. The Strongsville (Ohio) High School product is one to keep an eye on as a sleeper. Bill Greene has more on this intriguing prospect.

Strongsville, Ohio junior D. J. Woods is drawing a lot of interest from college recruiters. Woods, an exciting athlete who never leaves the field, already has one scholarship offer and has been invited to several junior days. Woods is also a track star who is known as one of the fastest players in Ohio.


D.J. Woods will be one of the most exciting players in Ohio in 2007. Woods, a junior from Strongsville, is being recruited as a wide receiver but could end up playing defensive back in college. He is also a tremendous kick and punt returner. Woods talked about which schools are inquiring about him.


 "I've been invited to junior days at Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Pitt and Iowa," Woods said. "I have been offered a scholarship by Eastern Michigan. I visited there last May and I camped there for a day on the Ted Ginn bus tour."


Woods is planning on attending as many camps as possible this summer.


 "I plan on spending time at Iowa, Pitt and North Carolina's camps," he explained. "I'm scheduled to attend a Nike camp later this month also. I'll also be going on the Ginn bus tour again, although I'm not sure what schools we'll be visiting."


Woods is known for his speed and he plans on being faster this year.


 "I ran a 4.35 forty at a Nike camp last spring," Woods explained. "This year I'm training at two different training centers and I'm working in lowering my time even more. I'm a hurdler in track and that helps me a lot in football. I'm also working out with my high school team."


He's a confident young man and was quick to explain why he's been successful at the high school level.


 "I think my number one strength is my leadership ability, " Woods said. "I'm physical off the line and have the speed to get open. Also, I do not drop balls. My dad won't allow it. Even if a ball is nearly impossible to catch I feel I need to come up with it."


Woods caught 35 passes for 800 yards and scored 8 touchdowns in 2006. He started at cornerback as a sophomore and is an impact player on special teams. Woods is a player we will track very closely at Scout.com.

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