Elite 2010 QB headed to A&M camp

Aggie Websider's Dallas Shipp visits with 2010 signal caller Conner Wood of Second Baptist Houston (TX). Wood will be attending camp at A&M this weekend and visits with Aggie Websider about what he's looking for in a school and what he thinks about A&M heading into this weekend's visit.

National rankings for the Class of 2010 have not been published yet, but with early interest from Texas, Oklahoma, LSU, Arizona, Missouri and more, and a trip to Texas A&M scheduled for later this week, Second Baptist Houston quarterback Conner Wood will no doubt be ranked among the top signal callers in the nation.

He's already been to camps at Texas, Oklahoma and Georgia this summer, and he plans to attend Texas A&M and LSU's as well.

"I've been to (A&M's) camps the last couple of years and I've always had fun," Wood told Aggie Websider in an exclusive interview at the Navasota 7-on-7 qualifier last week. "I hear all great things about (A&M) Coach (Mike) Sherman and his program, so I'm excited to meet him."

In addition to idea of running Sherman's west coast offense, Wood also has ties to the A&M family.

"My brother (junior Jeff Wood) is an Aggie and he tells me really good things about Coach Sherman," Wood said.

And while both of those factors may play into his decision down the road, Wood says the most important thing to him is his college education.

"A winning program in athletics (is important) but I also want a good academics program," he said. "In fact, academics is the No. 1 (factor in choosing a college) and a winning program in athletics is No. 2. The student life is a big factor as well."

But Wood, who plans on majoring in business/marketing, says he doesn't have a preference when it comes to a college town like College Station or a bigger city like Houston or Austin.

"I lived in Wichita, Kansas until I was nine and then I moved to Houston so I've had a taste of both worlds," Wood said. "I think I can deal with both pretty well since I've lived in both a small city and a bigger city."

Wood, who posted a 4.61 time in the 40-yard dash last year on a track, says that his ability to get out of the pocket and make plays is his biggest strength, but he's not getting complacent.

"I still have a lot to work on," he said. "I need to get my eyes on my read. Sometimes I can find myself flustered a little bit when they throw different things at us, but I need to get the snap and focus on my read and not get lost in everything else. I also need to improve my footwork. I threw from my back foot sometimes at the end of the year so I need to improve on that."

When asked how he would rate his arm strength on a scale of 1-10, Wood was also pretty tough on himself.

"My arm strength is getting better and I'm doing a lot of core stuff and working my back," he said. "By the time the fall starts, if Brett Favre is a 10, I'd say a six or a seven, I'm getting stronger."




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