Recruiting: Austin Woods Makes His Decision

Offensive line prospect Austin Woods of Rockwall (Heath), Texas, said he made a tough call and he committed to Oklahoma on Wednesday afternoon over Oklahoma State and three other schools that he had recently identified as his top five in recruiting. Woods, who is 6-3, 297 pounds, had recently been to camp at both Oklahoma State and Oklahoma.

He was in Stillwater for a tour of the facilities and to participate in the Cowboys' half-day high school camp and he was in Norman for part of their three-day high school camp.

Woods, who is projected as a center or guard at the college level, claimed it was a very difficult decision.

"I committed to OU, but it was a tough decision. The toughest decision of my life," said Woods. "It came down to two different things and that was the in favor of OU over Oklahoma State, Baylor, Texas Tech, and TCU. It was just slight differences but OU was the place for me."

Woods said he notified OU this afternoon. But he also said, and this is a plus for Woods and any recruit that does so, that he notified the other coaches recruiting him.

"I told them about my decision and thanked them for recruiting me and giving me the opportunity to go and play football at their school," said Woods of his calls to the other coaches. "You have to tell those people thank you for the interest they show in you and they have to move on too."

For Oklahoma State this just puts a little more urgency on the recruiting of offensive linemen. The Cowboys have 11 commitments thus far, but no offensive line commits.

A gold star could go on Cape Coral, Fla., double OSU legacy Daniel Koenig. The 6-6, 265-pound Koenig had brothers Doug and David play at Oklahoma State and he is scheduled to visit Stillwater with his parents on July 14. Koenig has become one of the hottest offensive line prospects in the South with close to 30 offers.

In-state offensive lineman Denton Simek (pronounced Shimick) is also a priority. The 6-6, 275-pounder has been on the OSU campus several times.

There are others as Oklahoma State has line prospects from Texas to Georgia and points in between.

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