Woods is One to Watch

While he is still searching for his first scholarship offer, South St. Paul (MN) HS junior lineman Preston Woods is already hearing from a number of Big Ten schools.

MADISON - Defensive tackle is one position where the participants don't seem to really get the credit they deserve. They grind and work daily just to make the men behind them not have to work. Not only do these men up front not care about stats, but they just want to win and do whatever the team needs them to do.

Minnesota has produced that type of blue-collar player in 6-3, 285-pound junior defensive tackle Preston Woods.

"My summer has been going good," Woods told Badger Nation. "I did two camps, which were the Junior Combine and the Minnesota Junior Elite Camp. Both of them I felt I did really well. I also have been working on my technique and we have a strength and conditioning program that I go to every morning."

Playing at South St. Paul (MN) HS, Woods is a hard-nosed player with a hard-nosed mentality. Attending both those camps didn't just show how talented Woods was, but also how willing he was to learn and what to take from these camps.

"At the Gopher Camp I learned from (offensive coordinator Matt) Limegrover on my pass blocking technique and being patient because I play both ways," Woods said. "Defensively, I learned a new pass rush technique that should help me a lot better with getting through linemen faster."

As we just saw with recent 2014 Wisconsin quarterback commit, Chance Stewart, anything can happen in recruiting like committing early or not focusing on your recruitment until the last minute. Many prospects can stress from the whole process, but Woods is just taking it in stride.

"No, I don't have any offers at the moment, but I'm hoping to receive offers soon," he said. "I have a lot of schools looking at me. I have been talking to Minnesota, Michigan State and I feel they will offer me. Wisconsin has also been sending me mail."

Wisconsin is no slouch in recruiting the Midwest, especially the state of Minnesota, and they have made that presence felt by having all 12 of its 2013 commits come from the region. The Badgers are one school that could drastically change Woods recruitment with just an offer.

"Yeah, I would hope to hear from Wisconsin a lot more and a offer from them would mean the world to me because they're a special university and they excel in academics," Woods said. "They are just so dominant in sports, especially football, and their football team is really close. It is family based and that is what I'm looking for in a school, so an offer from the University of Wisconsin would be a honor and a blessing."

Most recruiting analysts try to break down a prospect's strengths and weaknesses, but no one could do a better job at analyzing Wood's game other than the man himself.

"My game is really based off my power, explosion and being relentless," said Woods. "My pros are that I'm very strong and I have a really good motor. I also have good quickness for my size."

This upcoming season could be a special one for Woods as he aims to become the best player in the conference. As for college visits though, that isn't his priority, but it is something that has been on his mind.

"My goals for this upcoming season is to have 60 tackles on defense and on offense to just pancake and dominate my opponents every play," Woods said. "I really want to be all state as a junior and win state. I have plans for visiting, but I don't have an exact date of when I'm going to visit. I would like to visit Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan State."

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