Woods Weighing Offers

D.J. Woods isn't the tallest wide receiver around, but he's among the fastest and the 6-foot, 170-pounder from Strongsville, Ohio has been blazing a trail at combines around the tri-state area.

There are numerous schools vying for D.J. Woods' talents, and many already have offered him scholarships. That group includes the University of Pittsburgh, Kent State, Ball State, Indiana, Iowa, Nebraska and Air Force. Others like Ohio State, Michigan, Indiana and Notre Dame also have shown some recent interest.

While he hasn't taken any official visits, Woods plans to make a list and schedule them for the fall. Until then, he'll keep attending combines and camps in an attempt to coax more offers.

"I think it's a good experience for everyone at these combines,'' Woods said. "I've had a good one so far. You can see how you can compete against other guys here and how well you stack up to them. You can learn a lot from the coaches here and the other players. So, that's what I'm trying to do.

"Also, you can get your name out there so college coaches can see what you can do. I've been to the Cleveland combine, and I got six or seven offers right on the spot. And I already had two offers prior to that, so it really works. So, I just want to get my name out there as much as possible.''

Right now, Woods is enjoying the attention. But once his senior season begins at Strongsville High School, Woods hopes to have narrowed his college choices to just one final school. And then he'll announce the selection.

"I want to try to wait until the season, sometime during the season or maybe after it,'' Woods said. "That way, I can hopefully get more offers from more schools and be able to compare them. If I have a good season and good workouts at these combines, I hope to get a lot more offers.

"Some schools want me to play receiver, while others want me as a DB. As far as I'm concerned, it really doesn't matter. I think I'm pretty good at both spots, and I like to play both offense and defense. I just hope to play right away in college no matter where I go. I don't want to redshirt.

"I hear 40 times from the great athletes at these combines, and they give me something to shoot for,'' Woods added. "I always strive to be the best, so I just want to work hard to improve. I try to compete hard every time I go out and look forward to seeing what I can do against the other guys.''

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