Woods Still Considering Buckeyes

It was an unofficial visit, but it made an official impact on D.J. Woods. The three-star prospect from Strongsville was in attendance for Ohio State's season-opening victory over Youngstown State and now might be wavering to his commitment to Nebraska.

As the Buckeyes were taking care of Youngstown State on the field, they were also making strides for next season off the field.

Strongsville, Ohio prospect D.J. Woods was in attendance for an unofficial visit. While he issued a verbal commitment to Nebraska while on a visit there in late July, the Buckeyes might be making some ground on the three-star prospect.

His commitment to the Cornhuskers is no longer certain.

"Honestly I can't really tell you that because I don't really know that myself," he told BuckeyeSports.com when asked if he was still 100 percent committed to Nebraska. "If I go to a school and I have those same feelings I had at Nebraska and I feel like it's the perfect place for me, my family and for my future, if I have to de-commit I de-commit. That's my choice, but if I don't, I don't, so it's really 50/50."

While at OSU, Woods said he spent time with head coach Jim Tressel and cornerbacks coach Taver Johnson. During their meetings, Woods said Tressel told him he could be a contributor for the Buckeyes as a freshman. Woods also said he and Johnson "really clicked," adding that Johnson also got along well with Woods' father.

The 6-0, 166-pound Woods, who earned first-team all-district honors as a junior, said the Buckeyes are recruiting him as an athlete but that he would prefer to play wide receiver in college.

However, that desire is not one of his top factors as he tries to make a final decision.

"The biggest main factors for me is if a school has good people, how they treat their staff, how they carry themselves, how they do all that stuff," he said. "Second is academics. Academics for me is really important because I want to be set for my future after college or maybe after the NFL. Then the location, if I feel at home at that school, if I feel like I really could contribute as a freshman or as a sophomore or any time if I get in."

While both OSU and Nebraska have impressed Woods with their academic programs and their coaching staffs, two verbal members of the Buckeyes' class of 2008 were hammering home point No. 3 on Woods' list to him while at the game.

Dublin (Ohio) Coffman offensive lineman Mike Adams and tight end Jake Stoneburner both pointed out the distance involved in going to Nebraska.

"(Adams) kept mentioning OSU's only two hours away compared to 12 hours for Nebraska," Woods said. "We get along really well, I think. I talked to Jake Stoneburner. He was there. We talked a little bit about trying to get me to OSU. Now I've got OSU commits texting me now about how great the OSU program is. Everyone's trying to get me to go to OSU now."

What will happen next for Woods remains unclear. The one thing that seems to be certain is that he is still entertaining the possibility of switching his commitment to the Buckeyes.

"I have to make a family decision on this one," he said.

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