RECRUITING: Changes atop Wood's list

There's been a shakeup on the leaders' list for Pasadena's <b>Marlon Wood</b>. Additionally, Washington State looks to have some new competition for the junior college corner in the form of their in-state rival. The lightning fast Wood updates CF.C on his revised list of schools and notes the changes to his official visits' schedule.

The Cougs remain in the hunt for Marlon Wood, the 5-10.5, 182-pound JC cornerback out of Pasadena City College but their cross-state rival is also knocking on Wood's door.

"Oh, Washington State is right there in the mix," said Wood, who runs a 4.3 forty. "And the University of Washington is now showing some interest as well..they haven't offered yet but they're just about to jump on that. They're going to try to get me out there the weekend of the 21st."

Although the UW is coming in late on Wood, they've certainly caught his attention. He said he also likes the Cougs' program and can see himself heading to Pullman.

But the Cougs and Huskies might both be currently trailing Marshall, albeit it ever so slightly. Wood has moved up his trip to Huntington, W.Va., for the weekend of the 15th.

"Marshall wants me to do more things," said Wood, saying he likes the fact the Marshall coaches see him also returning punts and kickoffs in addition to his secondary duties.

Washington State, Marshall and Washington appear to be recruiting Wood the hardest at this point, with WSU and Marshall continuing to try and schedule in-homes with the defensive back. Marshall is also trying to head down south and set up a visit with Wood's parents down in Florida. Wood's father is Richard "Batman" Wood, former All-American linebacker and NFL standout.

North Carolina had been Wood's clear leader through much of the recruiting season but that's no longer the case. His lifelong friend, Wallace Wright is a senior wide receiver for the Tar Heels and his father has close ties to the coaching staff there. But since there's still no offer on the table and North Carolina appears to be waiting on a high school player to decide, Wood said doesn't want to feel like a fallback option should a schollie eventually be offered. Like any good player, he wants to be wanted.

"They're still in the picture but they're not making a push at it," said Wood of North Carolina.

Wood reiterated that he remains wide open at this point but that its starting to get down to the time he'll be making his decision.

WOOD DISPLAYED IMPRESSIVE versatility for Pasadena this year, starting the season at wide receiver for the Lancers and showing off his speed and a good set of hands. Eventually, he moved to his more natural position of corner to help shore up the Pasadena secondary.

In the seven games he played at defensive back, Wood had 30 tackles, three INTs and 11 pass break-ups.

He was also a game breaker on special teams. On kickoff and punt returns, Wood averaged 40 and 12 yards, respectively. He also broke Jackie Robinson's school record with a return of 107 yards on a missed field goal attempt.


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