The first Big Ten offer for Buffalo (N.Y.) Canisius 2018 Paul Woods receiver felt like validation for a season's worth of the grind and a recent state championship.
Rutgers verbally offered the 6-foot-1, 160-pound receiver Tuesday in its search for a deeper position group.
“I'm excited about Rutgers because they have a lot of senior receivers, so I could get a real chance there,” Woods said. “It's a school where I could really see myself playing there. I've been to a couple of their games and I know they have top academics too.”
Woods calls himself a big-game player that wants a showcase opportunity in a conference like the Big Ten.
“I've put in a lot of hard work and dedication into this,” Woods said. “I love to perform on the big stage. Any time I have a big game like last Sunday, I was there in the state championship that we won with nine catches, 179 yards. I love the challenge.”
Woods made a name for himself this summer with a standout camp performance at Ohio State. His first offer came from Boston College. He wants to visit Pittsburgh and Syracuse junior days as well as a return trip to Rutgers.
“I'm looking to see a lot, and how many times they pass the ball and what kind of opportunities I could have,” he said. “I want to feel like I could compete for a spot in the rotation early and know that I'm going to a place where I can trust the coaching staff.”