Corner(ing) The Market

West Virginia's search for junior college cornerbacks is well known at this point, and the Mountaineers hosted another such player during Saturday's football win over Cincinnati.

Lackawanna College's Anthony Wood, a good sized corner with solid run support skills, was on campus to take in WVU's 42-24 win over the Bearcats.

"It was a really good experience," the soft-spoken Wood said. "That's the first time I've made a visit to a college campus. The fans were nice, and the stadium is beautiful. I got to talk to the coaches some before the game, and we talked about the school and the program."

Wood, who originally attended Pleasant Valley (Pa.) High School, chose to attend junior college due to a lack of interest from Division I teams during his senior season. Since that time, he has filled out (he now stands six feet and checks in at 190 pounds), and is getting interest from three schools in BCS leagues.

"I chose to go to junior college to have a better chance at a Division I school," Wood confirmed. "West Virginia, Mississippi and Iowa State are the schools I am interested in. I don't have offers from any of them yet, but they are still talking with me and reviewing my film. West Virginia said they liked my film a lot. They are looking at me as a cornerback."

Wood plans to visit the other two schools on his list soon, and hopes to have one or more offers in hand by the end of that period. The fact that West Virginia hasn't offered Wood yet isn't as much of a reflection of his skills as it is of WVU's shrinking number of available scholarships. The Mountaineers must be very careful in doling out offers, because they do not want to pull offers after they are made just to make room for other commitments.

While that's understandable, it also puts a good bit of stress on players in Wood's position.

"It's really hard," the sophomore corner said of trying to maintain focus on his season while also dealing with the recruiting game. "I've been really nervous and anxious about the whole situation."

Those feelings haven't kept Wood from producing on the field, however. He recorded three interceptions, three forced fumbles and 28 tackles from his cornerback spot at Lackawanna this year, and helped the team to a perfect 9-0 record. He will travel with the team for a bowl game in Arizona to cap off what has been a memorable final year in the junior college ranks.


Wood's most recent 40-yard dash time was a 4.4, which shows he has excellent straight-line speed. His size also gives him the tools to battle the big wide receivers becoming more prevalent in today's sophisticated passing attacks. He has the ability to jam receivers off the line and stay with them through their routes.

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