Wood May Be A Prize For Somebody

"Hey, I know somebody at Oklahoma State. How is Cole Neph doing over there?" That was what NEO A&M Junior College offensive guard prospect Conner Wood said when I spoke to him after the Norsemen spring game in Miami. The 6-5, 305-pound Wood is an Owasso native just like Neph, who walked on at OSU and is working his way toward playing time, likely this season on special teams and wide receiver.

Wood signed with NEO and has improved himself. With his frame he is more of a big guard prospect than a tackle and he started and developed into a very solid offensive guard as a freshman.

"That would be my pass set. Coach (Chris) Jirgens has really helped me out keeping straight, staying low, and keeping in front of them," Wood said of his improvement.

I've watched this young man develop and he has stepped it up in a nice progression. He cares about his team, cares about his teammates, and he has a lot of pride. That pride shows up in the classroom and his effort there as well as on the field and some Division I program is going to appreciate the entire package you get with this young man.

"I'm a qualifier, so I can be out by spring," Wood said and you could sense his looking forward to stepping up to the next level in his voice.

"I'm looking for an offensive line coach like I had at Owasso and here at NEO," Wood said. "A faithful coach that will be honest with you, and then I'd like nicer facilities and stuff like that. Being from Owasso I look at high standards. I'm a Natural Science major so I definitely want a top biology program and I'm also going to have a minor in education."

A big guard, good feet, the kind of pride that keeps him in front of a defender and forces him to take a beating to keep his quarterback or running back from taking a hit. That's the kind of linemen that you will get with Conner Wood.

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