La Mirada (Calif.) tight end Sire Woods has impressed coaching staffs with his dual threat ability as a tight end or an H-Back. At 6-foot-3.5 and 220 lbs going into his senior year, he prides himself on both his blocking ability and his threat as a receiver.
“I can go in and put my down in a normal pro-style offense and play the positional tight end where I can block - I have no problem with that,” Woods said. “I also have the route running and the catching ability of the receiver. I can go out in the flex if you run a spread offense, I can go into the Y and run some routes and be a mismatch for outside linebackers.”
Many have taken notice. San Jose State is one of nine schools to offer Woods. He has also received a three-star rating and is currently ranked as the seventh best tight end in California and 40th in the nation by Scout.
His other eight offers include Air Force, Colorado, New Mexico, Oregon State, UNLV, Wyoming, Harvard and Yale. Colorado State, Duke and Penn State are also showing interest, Woods said. He is still early in the recruiting process, but is intrigued by the Ivy League options along with Oregon State.
“Right now I’m looking at the atmosphere of the schools and if the coaches are approachable and their coaching style fits,” Woods said. “The overall environment of the campuses and around the school and academics is a big thing for me, which is why Harvard and Yale kind of stick out to me.
“Oregon State, I have a great relationship with the coach and I can’t wait to go out and meet him next week.”
Woods’s educational emphasis is currently in business. He is still developing a relationship with SJSU, but the opportunity of playing football as a Spartan and studying business in the Silicon Valley could provide the best of both worlds.
“I could definitely see myself going out there and seeing that as a factor if I choose one of those (Bay Area) schools - and staying in the California weather as well. I’m trying to set up a date to go and see (San Jose State). I was going to do a whole run with Cal, Stanford and San Jose State to see the campuses. (SJSU) is definitely one of the top schools that I’m looking at.”
With San Jose State, the Spartans’ new linebackers coach, Arnold Ale, has been his primary recruiter. Woods said Ale was a “really cool and personable guy.”