Wood is Now One to Watch

Poway (Calif.) High's Nick Wood, the 6-3, 280-pound defensive tackle prospect, has gone from fairly unknown to 16 scholarship offers, in just a few months. Wood talks about his recruitment, and which schools have indicated that they'd be watching him this fall...

Poway (Calif.) defensive tackle Nick Wood (6-3, 280) concluded a busy summer by taking an east coast tour and, by the time he returned to the practice field earlier this month, the prospect added more scholarship offers, giving him 16 offers overall.

Now, as he starts his senior season, Wood knows that five schools will be keeping a close eye on him to see if they will throw their hat in the ring.

"I think basically what I'm going to do is keep my options where they are at," said Wood. "The first couple of games, I'll have some people watching me. UCLA, Cal, Michigan, USC and Notre Dame, I plan to send those five my tape. If nothing happens, then I'll take my official visits (elsewhere)."

Wood will still have a healthy choice of schools to pick from. More offers came in with frenzy during the middle of summer. "Boston College offered me out of the blue," said Wood. "They had never watched my tape, then they did and they offered me within a couple of days. I went out and camped at Virginia Tech, and then we drove and checked out NC State and Wake Forest. We just kind of showed up at NC State unannounced and it took us two hours to find a coach. We had them see my tape and they offered me."

Wood also visited the state of Colorado and both in-state schools extended an offer to him. "Colorado, I fell in love with the place," said Wood. "It's an awesome school and they are really proud on their tradition. Everyone wants CU football to return to winning with Coach (Dan) Hawkins. Boston College, it's the 30th ranked university in the country and they will compete for the ACC championship. So I have some good options."

Wood attended UCLA's camp this summer along with camps at Oregon, Oregon State, Arizona State, UTEP and Arizona. "I thought that I did well there (at UCLA). I know they only have nine scholarships and already have Brian Price committed, but it still might happen there," said Wood.

Wood began to make a name for himself following a strong spring camp and combine tour. He did 50 reps on the bench at the Los Angeles Nike Camp and also had a solid performance at the Scout.com Combine. In mid-April, he didn't have any offers and in just four months, he's up to 16. "It's really amazing how quickly things moved but I'm pretty happy about it," said Wood.

Last fall, Wood was an all-league performer at Poway on the defensive line (he also plays on the offensive line). Poway opens their season with a game against Eastlake next weekend.

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


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