Cougars offer heavy-lifting tackle

DEFENSIVE TACKLE Nick Wood, one of the strongest prep players in Southern California, picked up his third scholarship offer over the weekend following an unofficial trip to Pullman. "Ecstatic" was the word the San Diego-area prospect used to describe his reaction to the offer from Washington State.

"When I went to Washington State, Coach (Bill) Doba, along with four other coaches met me on their day off and gave me a great tour. At the conclusion, they offered me," said Wood. "My family and I are ecstatic about receiving my first Pac-10 offer."

Wood stands nearly 6-3 and weighs 275. He hails from Poway, which is just northeast of San Diego off Interstate 15.

"My father and I went up to Washington and Washington State for a couple of unofficial visits. Both schools had been showing me a lot of interest," said Wood.

He first toured the Washington campus and was able to meet with coach Tyrone Willingham, though no offer came from it. He then ventured east to Pullman and the result turned out to be a good one.

Wood, who already had offers in hand from Colorado State and Hawaii, may be getting more in the near future.

"The University of Utah told me that an offer was in the mail," said Wood. He noted that Michigan State, Arizona and Arizona State have all been picking their interest level up.

At a camp earlier this spring, Wood did an eye-popping 50 reps at 185 pounds on the bench press.

Wood also has taken unoffical visits to Stanford, Cal, Georgia, Georgia Tech and Vanderbilt.

A First Team All-Palomar League selection in 2005, Wood returns for Poway High as a starter at tackle in 2006 and will also play on the offensive side of the ball this season.

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