Four-star 2013 CB Woodard Recaps Rutgers Trip

Early four-star cornerback Eli Woodard was one of many top 2013 targets from the Garden State on-hand for the Rutgers "blackout" victory last weekend over Pittsburgh. Woodard, who holds verbal offers from six big-time schools, discussed what stood out about his visit to Rutgers.

From a recruiting angle, Logan Ryan's breakout performance against Pittsburgh could not have come at a better time.

With former teammate and friend Eli Woodard in the 50-yard line on an unofficial visit, Ryan intercepted the first two passes of his career and returned one for a touchdown on his way to Big East Defensive Player of the Week honors.

Woodard, an early four-star cornerback in the 2013 class, said he loved his whole experience at Rutgers.

"It was great," Woodard said. "I liked to see that environment. The fans were going crazy after Logan's interceptions. The uniforms were great. With black helmets, that was sick."

Woodard said he liked the way coach Greg Schiano used his top cornerbacks within the scheme of the defense.

"I loved watching the defense," he said. "I loved the scheme with the cornerbacks. They do a lot to disguise and confuse the quarterback. It allowed the corners like Logan to make a lot of plays. It's the kind of scheme I want to plan in."

Woodard got to know Ryan while the two were students at Eastern High School (Voorhees, N.J.) before Ryan came to Rutgers as a three-star recruit in the 2008 class. After the game, Woodard spoke with Ryan, defensive backs coach Jeff Hafley and assistant Phil Galiano, who recruits his area.

"Logan and I are friends, so that was cool," Woodard said. "It was great to see him do so well because I know how hard he works."

Woodard spent one-on-one time with Hafley during the summer at Rutgers' camp and said the Rutgers defensive backs coach has already come to a game to see him play this year.

"He's a great coach," Woodard said. "He has an understanding for what it's like. He doesn't BS with you. He's a straight-forward guy and you can tell he actually cares about you. He doesn't just want you to come to his school because you're good at football."

Woodard said it did not bother him that other schools offered before Rutgers did and that he likes what he has seen from the program since finding out about his verbal offer this summer.

After recently picking up a verbal offer from Wisconsin, Woodard has six total offers with the others being Rutgers, Ohio State, Alabama, Notre Dame and Purdue.

Early in the process, Ohio State stands out, he said.

"I don't have any favorites right now, but I would have to say the school I'm most interested in right now is Ohio State," Woodard said. "We talk a lot and I want to try to make a couple of visits after the season to there, also Alabama and Notre Dame."

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