Gilman's Ambrose Wooden

The speedy quarterback/defensive back has several written scholarship offers already. The Nittany Lions are among the many programs interested in the incredible athlete.

Name: Ambrose Wooden
Position: QB / CB
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 185 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.3
School: Gilman School, Baltimore, MD

"He plays quarterback and he's going to play safety this year for us too," Gilman head coach, Biff Poggi said.  "He'll play on both sides of the ball. He played some corner back also, and he's special teams kid, punt and kickoff returns.

"He was All-League for like the third year in a row. He was All-Metro for the third year in a row and All-State.  Also, he just called me and told me he's been invited to the Super 22 banquet they're having in May, which is held by the Baltimore Touchdown Club."

Ambrose has blazing speed.  He ran a 4.26 electronically timed 40-yard dash at the Ohio State camp two years ago.  He added times of  4.28 and 4.29 seconds.

"He was the fastest kid out of 850 kids. He's incredible. He was the second fastest kid ever at the camp behind Joey Galloway."

He did not attend any summer college camps last year.

Several colleges have offered scholarships to Ambrose already.

"Some [schools] are looking at him to play quarterback, some are looking at him to play receiver and some are looking at him as a defensive back.

"I don't know what he wants to do as far as what position he wants to play. He'll probably play where he can play the fastest.

"He just called me a little while ago to tell me that he got an early offer from Penn State. They're looking at him as a receiver."

What are his greatest attributes?

"You have to list his speed first. He's a tremendous hitter too. It's basically physics, mass is good, but speed is better. When he gets into you, he's pretty powerful. He's also an excellent decision maker. He's one of our captains for next year, he is an excellent leader.

"As good a player as he is, and he's a great player, he's a better human being."

Ambrose also participates in baseball and track at Gilman.

"He's a really great baseball player and he has a lot of potential there.  This year, he decided to run indoor track. He won one indoor track 55 meter race and a 200 meter race."

Ambrose attended a junior day at Maryland when the Terrapins played Duke in basketball.

"I want him to go to a school where he can academically get an excellent degree.  He's an excellent student. He has a 90.5 average at Gilman, which is a prep school."

Ambrose has already scored better than 1100 on the SAT.

Poggi believes that Ambrose will make an early decision.

"I think he'll make a decision by July 1. He wants to make a decision before the season starts. He wants to enjoy his senior season and concentrate on the books.  What we have found is that it weighs too heavily on these boys. These kids do have a very heavy academic load and at our school you have to play three sports, athletics are a co-curriculum."

Gilman assistant coach, Keith Kormanik, believes that Ambrose will most likely play corner back in college.

Coach Kormanik is also an assistant baseball coach for Gilman.  He believes that Ambrose is an exceptional baseball player and will probably be drafted.  He also stated that Ambrose would like to play both baseball and football in college.

Kormanik called Penn State on Wednesday at the request of the Penn State coaching staff. Both Ambrose and high touted teammate Victor Abiamiri were "absolutely thrilled" to have the opportunity to talk with legendary Penn State head coach Joe Paterno. Paterno made it clear that both players have scholarship offers.

Ambrose has written scholarship offers from Penn State, Duke, Maryland, Iowa, Boston College, Virginia Tech, Northwestern and Virginia. He has several other verbal scholarship offers.

Ambrose will be taking several unofficial visits this summer. According to Coach Kormanik, Ambrose and Victor will "without a doubt" visit State College.

Kormanik does not believe that either player will attend the Nike Camp to be held at Penn State on April 21. He does not believe it to be necessary considering all of the written scholarship offers each player has already.

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