Jelani Woods was back at home in Ellenwood, Ga., by early Sunday evening and that is no doubt a product of the twice daily flights directly out of Stillwater that go to DFW International and allow for connections across the country and the world, including Atlanta, Ga., which got the Woods family home more rapidly.
Jelani Woods and his parents were the first official visitors for Oklahoma State football to take advantage of those new flights that started in late August.
The 6-7, 230-pound quarterback was in Stillwater previously with his entire family and that is when he made his verbal commitment to Oklahoma State. He was back again this weekend as his Cedar Grove High School team had a bye week after starting the season 1-1.
Woods wanted to be on campus for a home football game and this worked out.
"The visit went really well," Woods said. "Everything was perfect and we were shown around by coach Mike Groce (assistant recruiting coordinator) and the freshman receiver Tyrell Alexander (out of Lancaster, Texas). I had a great time. My parents enjoyed the visit."
Woods said he felt that he was able to have plenty of quality time with the coaches even though it was a game weekend.
"They were there 24/7 for anything we needed," he added.
Woods said it was fun to see a game and he liked the atmosphere and the excitement of game day in Stillwater. He also said that he and his parents had ample opportunity to get out and see the community of Stillwater beyond the borders of campus. He thought the town was really a good place.
This is pretty early for an official visitor by the normal calendar that Oklahoma State has recruited with, but you kind of need to please the recruits timetable.
Woods had offers from Kansas State and Colorado State when OSU offered and he committed. He also had interest from a number of SEC schools, several had indicated he was a back-up plan for them. He was obviously a primary plan for Cowboys offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Mike Yurcich, who had gone to see him throw back in January and then again in May during evaluation periods.
Woods, who gets back in action with his senior season this Friday, said he plans on majoring in either sports management or physical therapy at Oklahoma State.