Spotlight 2013: CB Eli Woodard

Eastern High School (Voorhees, N.J.) Class of 2013 cornerback picked up two huge verbal offers before he received one from Rutgers. spoke with the top 2013 prospect on his thoughts of the timing of his Rutgers offer and camping last month in Piscataway.

Before picking up a verbal scholarship offer from his home-state university at Rutgers' camp last month, Eli Woodard had offers from Notre Dame, Ohio State and Purdue.

The top Class of 2013 prospect from Eastern High School (Voorhees, N.J.) said, however, that he is aware that it is still very early in his recruiting process. A verbal off from Rutgers two years before he will enroll in college, is by no means late.

"It doesn't matter that they weren't first," Woodard said. "They wanted to do it [at camp] or the offer would have come earlier, I think."

As a one-day camper at Rutgers in July, Woodard received a verbal offer after he left campus.

"It was exciting to get that offer because I have been interested in them for a while," he said.

Woodard said Rutgers is on his radar for two reasons. For one, Woodard lives an hour away from campus. But as a rising junior at Eastern High School, Woodard has a close relationship with Rutgers cornerback Logan Ryan.

"I have a great relationship with Rutgers because of Logan Ryan," Woodard said. "He's from my high school and he's like my mentor. I work out with him and he talks up Rutgers all the time. I know he loves it there and he's going to do big things this season. I'd love to come and see him at one of his games this year."

Woodard was a top-performer during the second day of Rutgers' camp and said he left with a "good first impression" after working with defensive backs coach Jeff Hafley.

"I liked the camp a lot," Woodard said. "I went up for one day and learned a lot.

"[Hafley] is cool. He helped me with my game a lot. He helped me work on my footwork and legs and I just tried to soak everything up like a sponge. He coached Darrelle Revis at Pitt, so he knows what he's talking about. That's the kind of player I want to be some day."

Notre Dame, Ohio State and Purdue offered Woodard this summer after he impressed on the camp circuit. Woodard said he does not feel like more offers are looming, but Florida, Alabama and Clemson all want him to come visit.

As of now, however, Woodard said he has no visits set in stone before the start of his junior year.

"I really couldn't ask for better offers to start my recruitment," Woodard said. "Those are huge schools with great programs. It's exciting how far I am already. I have more work to do though."

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