RECRUITING: Tampa OL says Sooners have a shot

Tampa, Fla. OL Donnie Woods has 23 offers, but says he will visit Oklahoma


Woods is a raw-boned offensive lineman that just flat gets the job done at the snap of the ball. Woods began his career at Pasco High in Dade City, Florida and started as a true freshman at offensive and defensive tackle.

Woods was a big boy, even then tipping the scales at 275 pounds. Then he moved to Jefferson High where he again went both ways at offensive and defensive tackle, but on defense he played primarily as the third down defensive tackle.

"I am being recruited more as an offensive lineman," said Woods. "That's fine with me. I like playing the offensive line. I like being able to put people on the ground every play and catch defensive players when they are not looking. I will probably end up at guard in college, but I am enjoying playing tackle in high school. I think I am a little better pass blocker right now, but feel I am pretty good in all areas."

Woods finished last season with 35 pancake blocks, earning All-Hillsboro Country and all-district honors. Woods just got back from the North Carolina camp and he attended the NIKE combine at Alabama.

"I thought I played great at both camps," said Woods. "I earned 'best offensive lineman' honors at Alabama. Then after just one day at the North Carolina camp, they offered me a scholarship, so I must have played pretty well."

Woods can bench 330 pounds, squats 385 (5 times) and he posted a 26-inch vertical jump. As a freshman Woods lettered in football, power lifting, track and wrestling, but as he goes into his senior Woods has cut back to just football and track, where he throws the shot (51) and discus (160) while earning regional qualifying status in both throws.

Woods has been offered by 23 schools thus far, and he has narrowed his choices down to just a few schools.

"I like Oklahoma, LSU, Tennessee, North Carolina, Florida State and South Carolina, in no particular order," said Woods.

"I really like Oklahoma and I can't wait to take a visit during one of their games. I am a December grad so I want to get out there early and I am really looking forward to that. My brother (Brian) and our Head Coach Mike Simmons both worked at the OU summer camp. When they came back they had great things to say about the OU program. I been following OU the last two years and just love the way they play. I am pretty sure I am going to leave the state, so Oklahoma will get a very good shot. All of the schools that I am interested in have offered me a scholarship. I didn't grow up a fan of a particular school, but have followed Oklahoma the last couple of years."

Woods has qualified.

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