Woods to visit Vandy

DeAndre Woods was a wide receiver high on Vanderbilt's board until he made a commitment to Mississippi State over the summer. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound athlete from Clay-Chalkville High School in Pinson, Ala., has since backed off that commitment and says Vanderbilt is very much back in the picture going forward.

"I'm setting up my official visits right now," said DeAndre Woods. "I'll be going to Purdue on October 5th for the Michigan game. I'm looking to go to Vanderbilt for an unofficial visit the Florida or Auburn game, then make an official in December when all of the recruits are going to be there. The other two possibilities are Arkansas and Mississippi State. I'm still considering [Mississippi State], but I want to make my officials to be sure on where I'm going."

One advantage Purdue may have is they have offered Woods' teammate, T.J. McCollum, who Woods has expressed desire to play with in college. Vanderbilt, however, has done well recruiting Alabama under Coach Franklin's tenure and figures to have a good shot at landing the physical receiver.

"I'm being recruited by Coach Pry," he said. "When they offered me, they said they loved my athletic ability, grades, and thought I'd fit in well and enjoy it. I think Vanderbilt has a great background in academics. Their football program is building up so I think it would be a good time to come in and be a part of it."

As a junior, Woods hauled in 36 receptions for 460 yards and 10 touchdowns in 10 games. The Cougars were undefeated in 2011 until the were forced to forfeit all of their wins due to using an ineligible player. Although the school was put on probation, they've started the new season right where they left off.

"We won our first three games," Woods said. "I've being seeing a lot of double teams, which is no excuse, but I have eight or nine catches and two touchdowns. I put on about 10 pounds in the off-season. I'm doing better this year blocking downfield and making yards after the catch."

Clay-Chalkville plays in Alabama 6A, the state's highest classification. Woods doesn't plan on making his college decision until after the season closer to National Signing Day in February.

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