The second weekend in September was a huge week for the Rutgers athletic program, and the center of the storm was the Rutgers football stadium. Among the well over forty thousand fans who watched the Scarlet Knights easily pound Illinois 33-0 were a number of basketball recruits. One of the recruits on hand was St. Anthony's junior guard Travon Woodall, and it's safe to say that he enjoyed his visit as much as any fan in attendance that day.
"Yeah man, I loved the atmosphere!", exclaimed Woodall, when asked about taking in the game. "Me and a couple of my friends from my school were there. We were really getting into it. When they were doing the "R-U" chant back and forth, we started doing it too. We were really into it. It's just a great atmosphere. I just feel like I'm part of the RU family".
Indeed, it would be no exaggeration to say that the gifted junior guard was positively effusive in his praise of the Rutgers program: "Rutgers, they just feel like they are family. I am so happy that Rutgers is recruiting me". Still, as the old saying goes, it would be wise for RU fans not to count their chickens before they are hatched - the Scarlet Knights are hardly the only school trying to land the latest blue-chipper from legendary coach Bob Hurley's storied program. When asked what schools he currently holds offers from, in addition to Rutgers, Woodall rattled off a long and impressive list: Virginia Tech, St Joe's, St John's, Penn St, Florida St, Seton Hall, Cincinnati, Iowa, and Pitt.
As for playing for Coach Hurley, Woodall said that "it's an honor to play for him. He's taught me so much about life and about basketball. It's an honor to be coached by that man". One gets the sense when talking with Travon Woodall that the bond between player and coach is especially strong: "He's the coach, the general, and I have to be his floor general. We both have to be on the same page", he said.
Since he has two full high-school seasons ahead of him, it's understandable that he is unsure of exactly when he will make a decision about his college destination. "I am not sure", he said. Still, he added, "Coach Hurley would like me to make a decision before my senior year".
It's safe to say SOR will follow Travon Woodall - who lives a few doors down, and is good friends with, current Rutgers standout Marquis Webb ("we both like to play defense") – throughout the upcoming season and into next year. Since he loved the atmosphere at the football stadium so much, we can't wait to hear what he thinks of the RAC.