Eastern High DB Heading to Rutgers for Offer?

Rutgers' camp session will hit its second day Tueday, and a big name on the scene will be class 2013 defensive back Eli Woodard from Voorhees High. He doesn't have an offer, but that should change Tuesday after he takes part in the camp.

Rutgers camp is already full of talent, but one of the top defensive backs in New Jersey's 2013 will be camping Tuesday and is likely ready to leave with a Rutgers offer.

Cornerback Eli Woodard of Eastern High (Voorhees, N.J.) returned from a Midwest swing in which he scored offers from Notre Dame, Purdue and Ohio State , and the home-state Scarlet Knights are next on his camp schedule.

And just because two schools already offered the 6-foot, 170-pound Woodard, it doesn't mean Rutgers missed out by not offering him already.

"It's not too late," Woodard said. "I like Rutgers a lot. They're real close to home and I like the direction their going. I've been up there a few times, and I feel like they're going to offer."

One of the possible reasons for Rutgers to wait to offer is to get Woodard on campus since, when possible, coach Greg Schiano likes to offer players in person.

Woodard was on campus for the spring game, and attended several games during the 2010 season.

"They came to my school (in the spring), and I've talked to them a lot," Woodard said. "I've been there for a couple of games. I don't know much about the program. I like their campus, and they have nice buffet. I watch a lot of Rutgers games on t.v."

One of the reasons Woodard is so interested in watching the Scarlet Knights on television is his relationship with Rutgers cornerback Logan Ryan, who starred at Eastern High.

"He's my mentor and when he comes back home, he shows me what to do," Woodard said. "We talk about different things and he shows me what they teach (at Rutgers)."

Woodard registered 31 tackles and three interceptions as a sophomore.


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