Wood is a D-Tackle to Watch

Nick Wood, the 6-3, 275-pound defensive tackle from Poway, California, definitely is an example of how spring camps and combines can really improve your recruiting stock. After making the combine rounds, Woods parlayed it into scholarship offers, and interest from the Pac-10, including UCLA...

In early April, Poway (Calif.) defensive tackle Nick Wood (6-2.5, 275) questioned whether he would be able to play college football.

A stunning 50 reps on the bench at the Los Angeles Nike Camp and solid performances at the subsequent combines and camps (including the Scout.com Combine in Los Angeles) and Wood is now holding 11 offers, including a few from the Pac-10.

"Idaho offered today, so that makes 11 now," said Wood. "Washington, Washington State, Arizona State and Oregon State have offered me from the Pac-10, but all the Pac-10 schools are recruiting me."

That includes UCLA, who had Wood on its Westwood campus early last week at the UCLA three-day camp.

"I thought that I did well there. I know they only have nine scholarships and already have Brian Price committed, but it still might happen there," said Wood.

California is another school in much the same boat as UCLA in relation to Wood, who said the Bears aren't looking to bring in many defensive tackles. Woods said oth schools have indicated they will watch him this fall to see how he's faring during his senior year.

Wood said that he didn't have a list of top five schools, and that he was keeping his options open. "Just out of my offers, I like Washington, Washington State, Oregon State, Arizona State, Duke, Utah and UTEP. I'm going to Virginia Tech this weekend for a camp because they have been showing some real high interest in me. They could offer. Michigan State, they keep in touch and might be an offer too," said Wood. "Michigan, I couldn't camp there but they have been keeping in touch with me."

Following the camp at Virginia Tech, Wood plans to see Duke and Wake Forest when he goes to North Carolina. "Duke has just a phenomenal education. Wake Forest is right there too," said Wood. "A football program doesn't have to be top 20 in the nation for me but have a great education and maybe has a great business program. That is one of the factors. I want to make it so I can be very successful after football."

Wood said he's been taking plenty of unofficial trips and visits to camps so that he can have all the available knowledge about each school. He also plans to take his official trips this fall. He said, "I'd definitely like to take all five. Where it is now, I don't think I'd commit early, I definitely want to take my visits, and make an informed decision about where I'm going."

Which is all a far cry from where he expected his recruiting to be. Wood said, "It's almost crazy now because probably a month before that first camp, I didn't know if I was going to play college football. It was a dream of mine and I definitely helped myself at the camps. Once they (colleges) saw me and that I was pretty quick for my size, then they looked at the game film and saw I can play, and it worked out. The camps really benefited me." Wood said he directly attributes the camps for receiving offers from Arizona State, UTEP and Oregon State.

Last fall, Wood was an all-league performer at Poway on the defensive line (he also plays on the offensive line).

Academically, he has 3.5 GPA and scored a 1700 on the SAT.

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