RECRUITING: Louisiana DT will visit Norman

Elton, La. defensive tackle Al Woods update.

AL WOODS, DT, 6'4 ½, 327, 5.1, ELTON, LOUISIANA:

Al Woods is one of the finest defensive tackles in the country, and when you talk to him you will find out that he is one of the most engaging young men to talk to in the country.

"I try to enjoy life to the fullest and have a good time," said Woods. "My mom and dad are great people and they are always in good spirits. I have a lot of good friends and when they are down I want to be the guy that is picking them back up. That is just how I am. I am always like this."

Woods' amazing story started in the seventh grade when he got playing time at tight end and defensive tackle. In the eighth grade, Woods made the starting line-up at tight end and defensive tackle, and then in ninth grade he stayed at defensive tackle and offensive tackle. His sophomore year he moved back to tight end and continued to play defensive tackle before adding defensive end and pulling guard to his resume last year.

"We just started spring ball on Monday and we have a new coach. He has me at nose guard in a new defensive scheme (4-3), but I am still going to play tight end. I like catching the ball at times and running with it if I get a chance. I will play wherever I can help the team, but I have always liked defense. That is my favorite side of the ball."

Last year Woods finished with 100 total tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 77 yards in losses, three caused fumbles and one caused fumble. Woods also had two sacks and over 15 quarterback hurries. I haven't had much of a chance to catch the ball much. We seem to get a new coach every year and they always bring a different philosophy into the program. This coach says that I will block a lot, but I will get a chance to catch the ball this year."

Woods can bench 415 pounds, squats 600 and he power cleans 310, but his new coach has the team lifting in a different way so his totals are down from this max totals. However, Woods assures us that he is getting the totals back up.

Woods, who has a 24-inch vertical jump, busted two basketball goals on slam dunks in hoops, where he averages 11 points per game.

Al has been to McNeese State's summer camp after his ninth grade year and then he went to LSU last year. This year he hopes to make it out to the summer camp at Mississippi.

At this point, Woods has eight offers in the bag, but the recruiting pace is beginning to pick up with coaches coming to his school.

"I think recruiting is good. I thank God for all the attention," said Woods. "I really want to go to college and recruiting is going to give me a chance to go to college and play college football. I have been offered by LSU, Oklahoma, USC, Clemson, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Georgia and Nebraska. I really don't have a favorite right now and I am trying to keep things open. Later in the year I will try to get my choices down to a top five."

What does Woods think about Oklahoma?

"Oklahoma is a really good school and a good team," said Woods. "I like the coaches and everything, and I plan to take an official visit there. I want to meet the coaches and the players and get a good idea what the atmosphere is like at Oklahoma."

Woods has qualified.


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