Pac 12 offer comes in for Woolley

After a solid freshman season that saw him finish second on the team in tackles, College of the Canyons LB Jacob Woolley (6-4, 235) has finally hauled in his first offer. caught up with the talented defensive prospect and he updated us on which Pac 12 school has thrown their hat into the ring and which other BCS schools could be close...

"My one offer right now is from Arizona," Woolley told "My coach gave me a phone number to call and said I should call it. So when I did, I got ahold of coach (Robert) Anae and he told me where he was from and that they were excited about me and they were offering me a scholarship.

"I was blown away. I had never even heard from them to that point, so it was all just surreal. It was hard to concentrate on what he was saying because I was so excited about my first offer, so honestly it was hard to remember much of what else he said."

Besides the Wildcats, Woolley has been heavily recruited by the likes of Texas Tech, Arkansas and USC.

"My coaches said those three and a couple of other schools have told them they want to offer me, but up until this point, they haven't offered yet," Woolley said. "I want to take my time and think about things, but yeah, it was definitely a relief to get that first offer out of the way."

As a prep at Moorpark (Ca.) High School, Woolley was an undersized prospect who received only one offer.

"I got a D-2 offer, but I just really didn't think I was big enough yet to really show what I could do," Woolley said. "When I met with the coaches here, I immediately knew, like the first time I met them, that it was the right school and place for me.

"Then, when I met the strength and conditioning coach (Robert Dos Remedios), I knew that he could be the guy to get me up to snuff as far as getting bigger and stronger. When you see him in action, you can see that he really works his guys hard and pushes them. That's really made a big difference for me."

As a freshman last season, Woolley notched 49 tackles, three sacks and an interception while playing the SAM (strongside) linebacker spot for Canyons, earning Second Team All-Conference honors in the process.

"I was asked to do it all for our team," Woolley said. "We play a 3-3 most of the time, but we also play a lot of 3-4, so I was asked to rush the quarterback, drop into coverage and play the run. I feel comfortable with all of the aspects of playing linebacker."

Since he was a full-qualifier out of high school, Woolley can leave at any time, but noted that he plans to return to Canyons this fall and will have three years to play two following the 2012 football season.

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