"Man on Fire" Feels Buckeye Love

Jim Tressel and the Ohio State Buckeyes have offered Strongsville athlete D. J. Woods a scholarship. Woods, who has over 20 offers, received his offer in a telephone conversation with Buckeye head coach Jim Tressel. Bill Greene has the latest on "Man on Fire."

D.J. Woods thought his dad was playing a joke on him early this evening, but this was no joke, he needed to call Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel. Upon calling Tressel, Woods learned that he was being offered a scholarship to Ohio State.

"When my dad called me tonight I thought he was joking around," Woods said. "My dad said I needed to call Jim Tressel and they were offering me a scholarship. I was thinking he was messing with me, but finally I could tell he was serious. I called coach Tressel and he said the offer should be in the mail by tomorrow. I didn't know what to say to him really. He didn't press me for a decision and said we'd stay in touch. I'm kind of still in shock to tell you the truth."

Woods said he needs to sit down with his parents and look at his options. He had planned to visit West Virginia on Thursday and then head to Florida and Alabama for the weekend. He said the Ohio State offer has him reconsidering those plans.

"This changes everything really, having Ohio State in the mix," Woods admitted. "All I want to do is discuss everything with my family. This is a big day for me. I will not be going to West Virginia tomorrow. I don't know about this weekend's trips to Florida and Alabama. I need to talk with my dad and see what he thinks. I'm not sure about going there or not right now."

Woods has already been contacted by a member of the current Ohio State recruiting class. Cincinnati LaSalle star DeVier Posey was on the telephone to Woods tonight adding his support of Woods becoming a Buckeye.

"Oh my boy DeVier Posey called me tonight," Woods said with a laugh. "He said I need to go to Ohio State and we would be brothers in Columbus. Posey is a great guy and that Ohio State recruiting class is sick. He said he wants me playing with him at Ohio State."

Woods is being recruited by Ohio State as a defensive back. He has offers as a wide receiver and as an athlete. Woods has stated that he prefers wide receiver, but that his position wasn't that important when it comes to selecting a college.

"Coach Tressel said they're recruiting me as a cornerback," Woods noted. "That doesn't bother me at all. I mean I wanted to play wide receiver, but everything got changed around tonight with this offer. It doesn't matter at all to me where I play. I just want to get on the field and help my team win games."

Woods said he's in no hurry to make a decision but also said it could happen quickly now that Ohio State has offered. He originally thought he would need a strong academic performance in the first nine-week grading period to receive a Buckeye offer. He admitted tonight's offer took him by complete surprise.

"I want to be sure, but there's a chance I could make my decision soon," Woods admitted. " I really need to do some thinking about that. I didn't expect this at all. I just want to look at my options again. Getting it over with now will let me concentrate on my senior season of football and working hard in the classroom. I know they were thrilled to see I got an A in my summer algebra class. Coach Tressel said he knows I'm working hard in the classroom and he believes in me. All I can say is that I feel so blessed right now. This has all happened so fast and I know how fortunate I am to be in this position. I just feel blessed. That's all I can say right now."

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