Woods Blows Up in Cleveland

Strongsville, Ohio's D. J. Woods was clearly one of the top performers at the National High School All Star Combine held Tuesday at the Browns stadium. How good was his showing? Good enough to land five scholarship offers, including two Big-10 offers. Bill Greene caught up with Woods to discuss his latest offers.

Strongsville's D. J. Woods was the National High School All Star defensive MVP Tuesday afternoon inside the Browns stadium. He was clearly head and shoulders above all the other defensive players in a very strong combine field. He also impressed some of the reported 75 college coaches in attendance, and ended his day with five new scholarship offers.

"Oh man, that was amazing," Woods said excitedly about his day. "Kent State, Ball State and Indiana offered me before I left the field. That was great. On my ride home I got text messages from Pittsburgh and Iowa saying they were offering me. Pitt head coach Dave Wannstedt is coming to my school within the next week and will deliver my offer in writing. Coach [Kirk] Ferentz of Iowa was in my school last week and said they were close to offering. On my way home tonight they did just that. It was unbelievable really. What a great day."

Woods had previously been offered scholarships by Eastern Michigan and Miami of Ohio. He is hopeful that there just might be more to come in the near future. Both Ohio State and Michigan are expressing interest in this speedster.

"I was at Ohio State a few weeks ago watching spring practice," Woods explained. "I watched film with the team after practice. I had a long talk with coach [Jim] Tressel. He told me I am the number one rated Ohio cornerback on their list. I also talked with coach Taver Johnson and we've gotten pretty close. He was here at the Browns stadium today to see me. Ohio State told me to call them tomorrow. I'm hoping they offer me tomorrow.

"Michigan's Scott Loeffler is coming to the school to see me," Woods said. "We text message each other pretty often. He told me he has a jersey saved for me. He said I would look good in blue."

Woods gained national attention when he posted a 4.35 forty-yard dash time at a Nike camp in Florida. He stars at both wide receiver and defensive back for Strongsville. He said most schools are recruiting him as a defensive back.

Woods talked about what camps he's planning on attending this spring and summer.

"My dad and I are just setting up a schedule right now," Woods said. "I might be going on the Ted Ginn bus tour but I'm not positive about that. I might just go to a lot of different one-day camps at the colleges that are really interested in me. I should know more in another week or so about where I'll be going."

Woods, who has a qualifying ACT score, declined to name a favorite school and said he is enjoying the recruiting process.

"I don't really have a dream school or anything," he continued. "I just want to play college football. I'm looking for the school where I fit in the best. It could be a school that went 12-0 or a school that went 0-12. I just want a chance to play and do well. I dreamed about the day when colleges would be interested in me and now that it's here I'm just enjoying the whole experience. I just want to show people what I can do on both sides of the ball. I have a strong work ethic and I don't care what position I play in college. I'll just leave that up to my coaches."

Woods caught 35 passes for 860 yards and scored 8 touchdowns in 2006. He has started at defensive back since his sophomore season. Woods also excels on special teams. His great speed plus his strong work ethic will make him very desirable in the eyes of college recruiters. He will have a chance Sunday to shine even more at the Scout.com All-American Combine in Pittsburgh, Pa.


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