Catching On

It didn't take long to figure out that wide receiver was one of the best-represented positions at West Virginia's rising senior camp, as several attendees stood out during the day's drills. One of those players, making his first trip to the WVU campus, now has West Virginia firmly on his list of schools under consideration.

Strongsville, Ohio's D.J. Woods made his initial trip to the Mountaineer football complex an impressive one. The speedy wideout caught pretty much everything in sight during drills, and also excelled during one-on-one competition. He made a pair of sparkling catches over defenders, adjusted to the ball well, and caught a number of passes that were less than perfectly-thrown. His performance, coming on the heels of outstanding showings at combines earlier in the spring, solidified his fast-rising move up the charts of numerous schools.

"I think I did pretty well in the receiver drills," said Woods, who has seen his stock rise tremendously. "West Virginia has made an offer to me, so I think it went well. I got a good impressions from the coaches. I think they saw what I can do, and they are all good people. Everyone there, the coaches and the players, is really nice. I had a great reception."

Woods was likewise impressed with his first view of WVU's football setup.

"This was my first visit to West Virginia, and the facilities looked great. Really, everything I saw looked good."

The Ohio native looked just as impressive in drills as WVU's facilities did to him. In one of the former, receivers are required to run across the field while catching passes from quarterbacks on both sides, and he didn't drop one despite several runs through the gauntlet.

"I had run that drill before at a combine at the Cleveland Browns stadium," said Woods. "It really tests your hand-eye coordination and shows that can you catch ball when it's on top of you. You are running all the time, so it shows you can catch the ball on the run as well."

Woods, who has seen interest from schools skyrocket during combine season, is in the midst of a busy summer schedule. In addition to West Virginia ("They are definitely on my list," he said of his interest level in the Mountaineers"), he is planning trips across the Big Ten. Camp trips to Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio State, Michigan and Michigan State are on his summer itinerary.

"I am still trying to gather information from everyone that I can," said Woods of the recruiting process. "I want to give everyone the same looks and learn as much as I can. I am going to narrow things down at some point this summer, but I will probably carry through the fall and take all five of my official visits."

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