"Man on Fire" still hoping for an OSU offer

Strongsville star athlete D.J. Woods remains one of the hottest prospects in Ohio. Woods now possesses 17 offers but is still hoping to hear from a couple of his favorites. Is Ohio State getting closer to offering "Man on Fire?" Bill Greene has the latest on this exciting prospect.

Strongsville's D.J. Woods has certainly hit the recruiting world by storm this spring. Woods has 17 scholarship offers, including West Virginia, Iowa, Wisconsin, Nebraska and Michigan State. For a player who had only 2 offers heading into April, this has been an exciting time.

"This whole experience has been unbelievable," Woods exclaimed. "When the time comes my dad and my entire family will help me make a final choice, but I'm not even thinking about that right now. I'm just enjoying every minute this goes on. I am on my way back from Michigan State right now. I had a great time up there. I like the facilities and the coaching staff a lot. Tomorrow Brandon Beachum [Youngstown Cardinal Mooney] and I will be going to West Virginia to visit. I'll be working out there and look forward to seeing the coaches."

Woods claims he has no set timetable for making a decision and he is having a hard time cutting his list down at all. He said he would be hard pressed to name a final 5 this fall.

"I plan on taking my official visits this fall," Woods explained. "This decision will be about where I will spend the next 4 years of my life and I want to take my time and get it right. The problem is that all the schools have been so nice. It's hard to tell someone you're not interested. They call me and text-message me all the time and I'm getting to know the coaches pretty well. It would be impossible for me to name a favorite at this time. I'm still very interested in a lot of schools. It seems like whenever I'm ready to make out my list a new school comes in and offers."

Speaking of new schools offering, Woods admitted there are still a few schools he would like an offer from.

"I want to make it clear that I am very satisfied with my offer list," Woods said. "I know how blessed I am to be in this position. I would still like to hear from Michigan and have them offer. I mean they're a top program nationally and I really like everything about them. I also would love to get offered by Ohio State. Every Ohio kid grows up dreaming about being a Buckeye and I'm no different. But to tell you the truth, I'm very happy where I'm. I'm pretty set with what I have right now."

Woods has put up eye-popping numbers at several of the combines he's attended. Last summer he ran a 4.35 forty-yard dash at a Nike event in Florida. This past May he posted a 3.96 shuttle time at the Scout.com combine in Pittsburgh. It's numbers like these that have college recruiters vying for his services. What about Ohio State? Are Jim Tressel and the Buckeyes still pursuing Woods?

"I have no clue right now," Woods said, with disappointment in his voice. "I haven't really talked with them in a while. They haven't given me any input at all lately. We were talking pretty often a few weeks ago, but right now I'm not sure. Coach Fickel still sends me text messages every once in a while, but not like before. They're pretty short conversations now, but I'm not giving up on Ohio State at all. I'm still going down there on the 22ND and I'll try to show them what they're looking for. I've had to change my date a couple of times, but it's set now. I'll be going to Penn State on the 23RD."

Woods also took time to mention he's aware of his new nickname "Man on Fire."

"Man I love the "Man on Fire" name," Woods insisted. "All my friends are calling me that and I even have my family calling me "Man on Fire." It's pretty cool and I hope I can continue to be the "Man on Fire" at the Ohio State camp."

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