Entering his senior season, a lot of questions surrounded tailback Marcus Woods of Harrison High School in Farmington, Mich.
Armed with a couple of All-American players on offense, Woods put up monster numbers as the starting tailback. But after those great players graduated, people wondered, can Woods do it by himself?
The answer was yes. Woods was named to the Detroit Free Press All-East First Team this morning, having rushed for 1,421 yards and 234 carries this season.
Woods shattered the all-time school records for touchdowns and rushing yards.
"At the beginning of last year, I didn't even think about the records, because I didn't even know it was possible," Woods said. "But right before this season, I noticed I had a chance. All I needed was seven touchdowns to break the record, and for rushing yards I just needed 1,100."
Woods, who runs a 4.4 in the 40-yard dash but is just 5-7, 180, said the records are particularly meaningful because he proved to his doubters that he was as good as his statistics indicated.
"I had to work a lot harder this year. I think I'm more proud of what I've gotten because of how hard I've had to work," Woods said. "The past couple of years, we had a couple of All-American players on our team, so it was easier. It was a lot more spread out. They were focused on all of us instead of just one person. This year I had everybody trying to lock me down, but I was still moving."
With his season done, Woods is now focused on his recruiting. He took an official visit to Nebraska Oct. 11, and has trips to Bowling Green (Dec. 6) and Michigan State (Dec. 13) set up.
Woods is considering Wisconsin and Colorado State for the last official visit, but the Badgers have not yet offered him a scholarship.
With that in mind, Woods lists his three finalists as Nebraska, Bowling Green and Michigan State, and has said if Bowling Green Coach Urban Meyer is tabbed for the Spartans' job, he will likely commit there.
But if the Badgers come through with an offer, Woods said he will consider it.
"I'm going to be taking a look at everything – playing time, location, the coaches, personnel…it will probably come down to the end," Woods said.
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