Woods Talks About Junior Day

Gardena (Calif.) Serra elite athlete Robert Woods was one of the big names to visit Westwood last weekend, and he talks about his Junior Day experience...

Gardena (Calif.) Serra receiver Robert Woods (6-1, 170), possibly the top skill position player and athlete in the West in the class of 2010, has been staying busy preparing for his upcoming track season.

But Woods took in his first Junior Day over the weekend, heading up the 405 to visit UCLA.

"It went really well, it's a beautiful campus and I got a tour of the school and talked with the coaches," said Woods. "I loved the campus and everything about it. It went well from there."

Woods was the focus of attention from the UCLA coaching staff, three in particular.

"I talked with Coach (Norm) Chow, Coach (Rick) Neuheisel and Coach (Reggie) Moore and most of our time was with them. UCLA wants me specifically as a wide receiver," said Woods.

Woods has been longtime friends with UCLA freshman Morrell Presley and saw him in Westwood.

"I'm great friends with Morrell," said Woods. "If I ever need information, I can go to him. He lives down the street from me when he's home."

Woods had been up to the UCLA campus previously, but this was his most detailed visit.

"It was my first time actually touring the school and seeing everything about it, with the students around. I've been busy with track so I haven't gotten to see any other schools for Junior Days, so it was cool I got to go up there," said Woods.

Woods, though, would like to hit the road in June and see more of the schools he's interested in.

"Maybe in June, me and my parents may think about driving up to Stanford. We drove to Cal my sophomore year and I'd like to go up there a game. And it's just a little road trip over to USC," said Woods.

Woods has a dozen offers, from all four of the in-state Pac-10 programs and then national programs like Georgia, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Colorado.

"I thought I'd only get west coast offers, but to hear from other regions, south, east, north, that's been really cool," said Woods. "The Oklahoma one was really one that stood out to me. I'd leave California to go to college though, it wouldn't be an issue. We've been traveling for track. In fact, we're going to New York (tonight) for a track meet."

Woods isn't in a rush to make a choice, wanting to go through the process before finalizing a decision.

"I think I'm taking it steadily, each offer that I get I'm grateful for it," said Woods. "I haven't actually broke it down, I'm getting to start focusing on things. I don't have a leader yet. I don't have a top five schools either. I'm going to break it down, before the season, and get the list down. I'll consider every offer I have until I have my five. And if I get a new one after I narrow my list, if it's a school I like, I'll consider them too."

Woods has been invited to both the U.S. Army Game and the UnderArmour All-America Game, but has yet to decide which game he'll play in.

"I've been invited to both," said Woods. "Byron Moore went to the Army Game and Morrell went to the UnderArmour game and they both said they enjoyed them. So I have to decide. I could announce there."

The attention that has come Woods' way is something he wasn't expecting, but it was a goal he set.

"I never really thought I could be or would be considered one of the top recruits in my region," said Woods. "But that was one of my goals, my goal since my freshman year."

Woods is running the 400m, the 4x100m, the 4x400m and also occasionally doing the 100m and 200m.

"I talk with my track coach about doing it in college, but I'm not really sure as of now. I know the next level's competition with track, you have to be one of the top dogs. I'd probably still try to work out with the team though. Who knows, I may even play baseball in college," said Woods.

Woods was named the California Junior of the Year by GoldenStatePreps.com after a year in which he caught 81 passes for 1,378 yards and 19 touchdowns, had 87 tackles and seven picks and had seven more touchdowns on returns during his 2008 junior season, helping the Cavs to the CIF-SS Northwest Division finals.

Academically, he's in excellent shape, holding a 3.6 GPA, with honor roll recognition for the first semester, and the SAT scheduled for June.


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