NorCal RB Prepping For Big Year

Concord (Calif.) Ygnacio Valley running back Patrone Wood, the 5-9.5, 255-pound power back from the Bay Area, had a big junior season but is still looking for his first offer...

Despite putting up some impressive numbers as a junior, Concord (Calif.) Ygnacio Valley running back Patrone Wood is still waiting on his first offer.

One of the more prolific backs in NorCal in 2008, Wood's getting plenty of interest, but most schools are in wait-and-see mode for Wood.

"I've gotten a lot of letters but no offers," said Wood. "I'm hearing from schools like Washington, Oregon, UCLA, Stanford, San Diego State, Cal and Arizona State."

The question for Wood has been where he'll play, position wise. Standing 5-9.5 but at 255 pounds, he's been told he could play at a few different spots.

"Ideally, I'd be playing a power back spot or even fullback," said Wood. "I also play middle linebacker. I'm trying to lose weight, so I don't think defensive tackle is an option. So most schools are telling me they want to watch my first few games and see more versatility from me, see me in other positions that would possibly be the best fit for me."

Wood has taken a couple of unofficial visits, to Pac-10 schools.

"I took an unofficial to Washington and UCLA," said Wood. "I was able to see a Washington practice, and it was pretty interesting. I checked out the campus and I liked the campus. The Washington coach said he would be back up here during the season to watch me. And I went to UCLA and I liked it down there too. It was a great campus and setting."

Wood also camped with San Diego State, and the Aztecs are showing a great deal of interest. They join his list of top schools that includes Cal, Arizona State, UCLA, USC and Washington.

"I wasn't really into football when I was a kid but as I got older, I started watching Cal more because they were close by and I like Cal a lot," said Wood.

Wood said he's open to any position, namely fullback, if coaches see him in more of a blocking role.

"I'd like to go with the position I like most, which is running back, but I'm open to anything," said Wood. "But when I'm looking at a school, I'm looking at the overall feel for the college and the academic part of it."

Wood said he's running a 4.8,but as he's losing more weight, he's working on getting that time down.

As far as visits, Wood said he's hopeful he'll be able to take all five of his trips.

During his junior season, Wood ran for 2,145 yards and 24 touchdowns, scored a touchdown through the air, had two sacks and two picks (one for 47-yards) and had six extra points.

Ygnacio Valley's first game is on September 5th, against San Marin.

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