"Man on Fire" Wants to Earn OSU Offer

Strongsville's D. J. Woods continues to collect scholarship offers and Auburn became the latest on Saturday. "Man on Fire" has over 20 offers and says he's hoping for Ohio State to be added to his list. Bill Greene has more.

Strongsville's D. J. Woods had another impressive camp Saturday and earned his first SEC offer in the process. Auburn became the latest school to offer "Man on Fire" after he showed his skills as a wide receiver.

"I was at camp and ran a 4.4 forty," Woods explained. "That was the fastest time for the day and it's supposed to be a slow field. I did well in the wide receiver drills and they went ahead and offered me. The coaches said they were really impressed because they said they haven't seen many 4.4's on that field. I did really well in the one on one's and then it happened."

Woods has over 20 scholarship offers. He has been offered as a defensive back, a wide receiver and as an athlete. He does have a favorite position on the field, but insists it will not have an effect on his final choice.

"It doesn't really matter at all where a school wants me to play," Woods explained. "I'm a team guy and just want to win. But to be honest, deep down I feel I'm a wide receiver. That's where I feel more comfortable right now. That's where I feel I'm better at right now but that won't have anything to do with my final choice. I'm just looking for the right situation and where I feel most comfortable."

Woods is close to narrowing his list to a top five and he said Auburn would definitely make his final list. He indicated that distance would not be a problem for him.

"I'll have my final list of five schools by next weekend," Woods indicated. "I'll sit down with my family and make sure we have the right schools. Auburn will be in the final five. I could see myself going to Auburn. The distance wouldn't be a problem at all. The South feels like second home to me. My mom is from down there and I feel really comfortable down there. I might be going back next week for the Florida and Alabama camps. I'll see what my parents have to say."

Although not naming a leader, it's clear to see Woods has a fondness for Jim Tressel and the Ohio State Buckeyes. There has been some talk that the Buckeyes are close to offering Woods, but are looking to see his academic work after the first nine week grading period. Woods addressed those issues.

"Ohio State said they will offer me after they see my first report card," Woods explained candidly. "I can tell you. And I told them, that I'm planning to have all A's and B's next semester. I will earn that Ohio State offer. It's the one I want very badly. I'm going to do well every single semester next year. I want this so bad and I'm going to do it. It will be awesome to get that offer from Ohio State. They didn't specifically tell me a certain grade point average they need to see. They just want to see a good report card that shows I'm taking my academics seriously. I'm good to go with the NCAA and the clearinghouse, but Ohio State said they needed to see more. I'm fine with that and I plan on doing exactly that."


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