Woods: "They really get after it"

Recruiting coverage at SoonersIllustrated is still going as we look to bring fans the latest in Oklahoma recruiting news. Today, we caught up center Austin Woods from Rockwall, Texas after leaving the Oklahoma camp.

It has not been a full month since Rockwall (TX) Heath center Austin Woods received an offer from Oklahoma. And at that time, Woods was somewhat elated about getting an offer.

"It's a good feeling that I know that Oklahoma is a place that I can go," Woods said in May 23 interview.

Now, with said, the 6-foot-5, 290-pound Woods wanted to get a closer look and what better place to do that than at the Sooner football that he attended on June 10. And not that he was not already sold on the Oklahoma program, but on Wednesday Woods got to see more than he saw in the previous visits.

"Man these guys really get after it," Woods said of the coach/player interaction that he hung around to see at the conclusion of the camp. "This was my first time seeing the players in the weight room. There was a lot of intensity. Very impressive."

But what may have been even more impressive was the performance out on by Woods himself. Throughout the day, he work primarily with coach James Patton, who is also actively recruiting Woods.

After working the pass-protection drills, agility, and 1-on-1's with the defensive linemen, Woods got the chance to get a little extra time in with Patton. 

"It was good seeing coach Patton and coach (Josh) Heupel work with the players. It was a sight seeing them work," Woods said. "After I got through working against the D-line, coach Patton was talking to me telling me what he expects from his offensive lineman."

Woods elaborated on what Patton expects.

"First he told me that offensive linemen need to have a good and be prepared to hustle every single play," Woods said. "He said that it is a full-contact battle each and every play and he wants guys who are going to come to hustle. He also said that working to have good hips and feet is what he is looking for was well."

For Woods, Patton is the coach whom he talks to on a regular during the recruiting process. But since he was on campus, he did run into the man at the top.

They had a few words as well.

"I talked to coach (Bob) Stoops too. He told me that he saw me out there and that I looked good," Woods said. "He (Stoops) talked briefly about the program and traditions. It feels good knowing that he was watching me so I must have been doing something right. Before I left he told me to come to Norman as much as I want to catch some home games."

Since the last update, Woods is now up to 20 offers with Kentucky being the latest. Houston, Ole Miss, North Texas, Texas A&M, SMU, Baylor, TCU, Arkansas, Texas Tech, LSU, Missouri, and Kansas are only a few of the offers that he holds.

With this latest Sooner experience, does Woods see Oklahoma any different than before?

"Oh yes definitely. Oklahoma has moved to the top of my list," Woods said. "Everything was great today and I was impressed with what I saw. It was the first time I got to see a little of everything. Of course, they are always a Top 10 team with great traditions and always play in BCS bowls. It was just a good day."

Woods, in his junior season at Heath, he graded out with A's, allowed no sacks, and had 35 pancake blocks. He said he does plan to make a few more camps at TCU, Baylor, Texas Tech, and Oklahoma State.


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