Woods Plots Early Graduation

Last night Sooners Illustrated spoke with 2010 four-star center commitment Austin Woods out of Rockwall Heath High School in Rockwall, Texas. Check inside to see what Woods had to say.

Up until July Oklahoma had already begun to put together quite an impressive list of offensive line commitments with four-star OG Bronson Irwin, four-star OT Tyrus Thompson, and three-star OG Adam Shead. It became even better when four-star center Austin Woods out of Rockwall Heath High School announced his commitment to the Sooners to be the big man in the middle.

The 6-foot-5 and 295-pound Woods claimed quite a few offers from the likes of Arkansas, Baylor, Oklahoma State, and TCU to name a few but in the end he chose the Sooners.

This past weekend Woods was able to watch his future team beat Tulsa 45-0 in the first game he's ever seen in Norman.

"It's been going good," Woods said. "Actually, I just went to the game this weekend. It was awesome, that was my first game in Norman. It was a great experience. The crowd is awesome so it was a lot of fun."

This season Woods and his teammates started the season off on the wrong foot. Kind of like his future team did as well.

"It's going good. We got off to a rough start. We lost to Sherman and then we won our next two games. We start district this week against Greenville."

Woods talked about what he thinks of the play of the Sooners so far this season.

"They started off like we did and they got off to a rough start," Woods stated. "They are playing together and they are playing a lot better now. They are starting to roll."

For some recruits the deciding factor for why they choose to go somewhere can be for many different reasons. For Woods it was a little bit of everything on why he chose the Sooners.

"It was a little bit of everything," Woods began. "The tradition and then just my relationship that I started to form with the coaches. I felt like I understood what Coach Patton was saying when I went to the camp up there. I met some of the recruits that were already committed up there and I liked them a lot. So it's just where I want to spend the next four years of my life."

Back in the summer Woods attended the summer camp in Norman where he received instruction from his future position coach - OU OL Coach James Patton - which helped in his decision.

"It was great," Woods explained. "That was one of the deciding factors. Being able to work with Coach Patton and seeing how we work together. It was like a two hour camp and I learned a lot from him and understood what he was saying. It was just a good experience and it really helped me get much better."

Another person Woods was able to work with is someone who Woods will be snapping the ball too in the future in 2010 five-star Quarterback Blake Bell.

"It was great having a big gunslinger back there who can throw the ball around. It's just good knowing that we got a good quarterback back there."

Not only is this a good offensive line class the Sooners have been able to reel in but it's also one that has already begun to build chemistry with each other off the field.

"I stay in touch with the offensive lineman commits. I talk to Bronson, Tyrus, and Adam a lot. We text each other to see how each other is doing. We stay in contact because those are the guys will we be playing with in our college careers.

Just like SI reported about Brennan Clay having the time of his life at the game, Woods reports from what he saw Clay seemed to love every minute of it.

"I talked to him a little bit," Woods said. "He was sitting behind us up there at the game. We saw each other. He seemed to be loving it. That was his first visit up to Norman and he seemed to love every minute of it."

It shouldn't be too much longer until Woods is right back in Norman where he was just watching his future team, except instead of watching he will be suited up with them. That's because Woods plans to graduate in December and go through spring ball.

"Actually I am planning on graduating early," Woods stated. "That's the plan."

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