July 3, 2010

Wood is preparing for his visit to Army

When you look at Army's pre-camp two deep at the defensive end positions, they are lead by Pre-season All American, Josh McNary at the quick spot … who is a senior and backed up my sophomore Jarrett Mackey. On the other side you have two seniors in Marcus Hilton and Carson Homme. Just a few weeks ago, you could have penciled in USMAPS product Julius Warmsley, who has since opted out of wearing the Black & Gold of Army and is Tulane bound.

Clearly this is a senior heavy group with the exception of Mackey. And although there is talent in the pipeline, there is a pressing need for the staff to pull in at least 3-4 quality defensive ends, with 1 or 2 who could possibly transfer their talents inside at defensive tackle.

Currently on Army's radar are prospects such as 3 star defender, Charles Burks, Peter Igras, Derrick Luetjen and now you can add Zach Wood to that list.

GoBlackKnights.com had a chance to catch-up with the 6-foot-4, 250 pound defensive end out of Rowlett (Texas) Rowlett High School to discuss his overall recruiting, his offer from Army, along with his level of interest in the Black Knights.

After receiving his offer from Army last week, Wood now has a total of nine offers in hand. In addition to the Black Knights, his offers include Virginia, Minnesota, Memphis, SMU, Houston, Colorado State, Louisiana Tech and North Texas.

So, where does Army fit into Wood's recruiting equation? "I have lot of interest in Army," declares the aggressive defensive end, who registered 99 tackles, 32 TFL
and 8 sacks.

After the 16th (July) I'm going up there (Army) for an unofficial visit with my dad.

- DE prospect, Zach Wood

"After the 16th (July) I'm going up there (Army) for an unofficial visit with my dad and going to take an unofficial visit to Virginia as well.

Wood is the type of defensive lineman, whose style is an ideal fit for Army's flex defense. He has the ability to play either inside or outside. "A lot of teams are looking at me as a defensive tackle," says Wood, who is currently listed as a defensive end, but at 6-foot-4, has the frame to add on an addition 10-15 pounds.

Thus far, Wood has camped at Oklahoma, Baylor and Texas Tech, but is scheduled to show off his talents at the TCU and Arkansas camps on the 16th & 17th respectively.

The native of Texas indicated that when contemplating and deciding on a school, he is looking for a place where he can be comfortable … a home away from home.

After attending his final summer camps, Wood and his teammates will be concentrating on their 2010 football season. In addition to Wood, Rowlett High School has a couple of other Division I players on the team - cornerback Samuel Oyenuga, who is committed to Minnesota & offensive lineman Dillon Jordan.

GoBlackKnights.com will continue to follow Wood's recruiting throughout the summer and his senior season.

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