Wood gets visit from Dawgs

Because they will lose three interior defensive linemen to graduation in 2007, Washington desperately need some talented prospects to fill in the gap and the highest rated DT still available on their board is Poway (Ca.) DT Nick Wood. The Huskies paid Wood and his family a visit on Monday night and it couldn't have gone better.

"Coach (Kent) Baer was over," Wood told Dawgman.com. "He came over and had dinner. My parents went on my visit with me a couple of weeks ago when they played Stanford and they hit it off pretty well with coach Baer and I like coach Baer so he just came down for dinner.

"He's friends with some of my coaches from my high school team so he came down to practice and came home for dinner. We just talked a little during dinner. We talked a little about Washington, but basically we just BS'd and ate.

"We talked a little bit about football. We didn't talk too much about logistics. We mainly talked about college football as a whole and kind of just normal conversation and the possibilities there and my mom asked a few questions. It was a real good visit."

Wood has suitors from all over the country including Boston College, Colorado and Arizona State which is getting ready to hire a new staff.

"Obviously that's shocking news, no matter what you're opinion is of that it happened, it still happened," Wood said about Arizona State's firing of head coach Dirk Koetter. "My concern is who Coach Koetter's replacement is and how you think the program is going to do after that.

"I haven't talked to coach (Dan) Fidler yet. I'm sure he's got a lot on his plate and I don't know exactly what's going on and I need to see how things solidify and what assistants stay. I won't get really pushy on it and I'll wait to sort of see what happens there."

Wood has two other schools in addition to Washington and ASU that he's looking at (Boston College and Colorado) and they're all expected to be in town this week or next.

"The coach from Colorado was here (Sunday) and coach Baer was here (Monday) and it basically sounds like coaches will be stopping by here over the next couple weeks," Wood said. "They basically all fit my criteria for great academic institutions, good degrees and great schools. I pretty much fit into all the programs and I pretty much like the cities and geographically I think it would work.

"Obviously you don't want a long plane ride, but wherever I can be happiest and most successful is where I want to be so that won't limit it that much."

Wood said he expects to make his decision before Christmas, but that he could prolong that timetable if he isn't ready.

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