May 1, 2007

Offer on the horizon?

After taking six defensive backs last season in the recruiting class of 2007 the pace has slowed down on offers for secondary players in the class of 2008 but that can change next week for Strongsville (Ohio) cornerback/wide receiver D.J. Woods. The 6-foot-0, 169-pounder has a blistering 40-yard dash time of 4.35 and has turned several heads recently including that of assistant coach Taver Johnson.

If all goes according to plan Woods could be extended an offer by the first part of next week after Johnson gets a chance to talk with head coach Jim Tressel this week. Woods has been told to expect a call either on Monday or Tuesday with the possibility of an offer in the offing.

Woods has had an opportunity so far to speak to Tressel and had a good feeling after talking with the Ohio State head coach after a January junior day visit to Columbus.

"I was at Ohio State and I got the chance to talk to Coach Tressel for 15 or 20 minutes," Woods said. "I said, 'Hey coach, what do you want me as?' and he said we feel that you are our number one DB (cornerback) in the state of Ohio. So that really got to me so that kind of led up to it."

Several other schools have looked at Woods as a wide receiver and the offers are starting to come in for Woods as more schools get a chance to see him in action during the May evaluation period.

"I just got two verbal offers just like five minutes ago from Ball State and Kent State," Woods said. "So all together I have like four, almost five offers right now."

Of course the Ohio State offer would mean the world to Woods who has followed the Buckeyes living in the state of Ohio.

"It's going to mean a lot," Woods said. "To have an offer from Ohio State is like every kid's dream."

Woods has had the chance to speak with a couple of incoming freshmen including Brandon Saine and a track meet and Nate Oliver during another function.

Ohio State has only offered one other in-state defensive back this season, safety Dan McCarthy out of Youngstown (Ohio) Cardinal Mooney.

If the offer comes next week will a quick decision follow for Woods or will he look to continue the recruiting process despite the limited spots in the class of 2008 for the Buckeyes?

"I will probably still go through the process just because right now I am not going to make a decision until my senior year or after my senior season," Woods said. "Me and my family will need to sit down and talk about it so I am going to try and wait and let the process keep going."

During his junior season Woods had 35 receptions for 750 yards and 8 touchdowns while accounting for more than 300 yards on special teams with a pair of touchdowns on kick returns and a pair of touchdowns on punt returns.

Even though the offer is not in hand yet the thought of an offer from the Buckeyes has put a smile on the face of Woods who is anxious to see if the offer will come through.

"Having an Ohio State offer will just make me feel a lot better," Woods said.

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