Woodyard Making His Way Through The Process

2018 Arizona Western WR Jaron Woodyard (5-11, 180) has two early offers and more could be on the way, but he's not rushing things, choosing to let the process run its course...


"I have offers right now from Arizona and West Virginia," Woodyard told JCFootball.com recently. "Both of those schools have been talking to me for a while and they offered back in April.

"Arizona said they really liked my film and think that I am a great fit for their system and West Virginia basically said the same thing."

In addition to those two schools, TennesseeOregon and Maryland have also been making contact.

"There are a bunch of schools actually, but those are the three that have been sticking out," Woodyard noted. "I'm really just enjoying the process right now, seeing who is after me, what their schools have to offer me and how I fit into things."

As a freshman for the Matadors last season, Woodyard finished with 11 receptions for 261 yards and five touchdowns while also averaging 26 yards on seven kick returns.

"If you ask me what I do best, I honestly can tell you that I feel like I can do it all," Woodyard said. "I can run go routes and get deep because of my speed, but I can run short routes and get separation and make plays with my legs.

"I'd say my favorite thing to do is to make plays with my legs once I get the ball in my hands. If you give me the choice of going deep or catching a short pass, I'd probably choose to catch a screen or hitch and then make plays with my legs."

This offseason, Woodyard has been hard at work perfecting his craft.

"You always have stuff to work on," Woodyard admitted. "I've been working a lot on my hands, catching passes from the Jugs Machine or going out with my friends and catching passes from our quarterbacks or my friend, Stephen Collier, who plays up at Ohio State.

"I've also been working on my routes and you can always work on your speed and quickness, so that's a lot of what I have been focusing on."

As a prep at a small school in Georgia, Woodyard was a sought-after prospect, but he was unable to qualify for a scholarship, so he decided to head out west to start fresh and Arizona Western was the right fit.

"I'm so glad I came here. It's really been a blessing to me," Woodyard admitted. "When I was looking around, there were a couple of good schools that I had offers from, but when I met with coach (Tom) Minnick and saw how I fit into their offense here, that just assured me it was the right place for me and for my future."

Woodyard is set to graduate in December and he will have three years to play two following the completion of the 2017 football season.

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