October 25, 2011
Woods Contemplating a Decision
Last week news started to leak out that Oklahoma was making it's first real run at California talent since the class of 2010. And a week later it seems that Inglewood's Rivals100 wide receiver/athlete Derrick Woods isn't changing his tune. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound prospect is currently ranked as the state's No. 11 prospect, and No. 95 player nationally and holds offers not only from Oklahoma but also Miami, Stanford, Arizona State, Colorado, Alabama, Oregon, and others.
However, the Sooners, to date, are the only school he has even spoke with about setting up his official.
"They are trying to set up something with me sometime in November. I think November 5 (Texas A&M)," Woods said. "That's the only one that I've gone that far with."
The nation's No. 12 wide receiver prospect says that the Sooners are a very viable option for himself at this point in time.
"I'm thinking about committing, but I'm not for sure if I'm going to take my other trips. I just want to go out there and see everything and what's what," he explained. "I want to take my trip out there and get a feel for the atmosphere on gameday and meet the players personally."
As mentioned Oklahoma has had recent success in Southern California and though the now famous 'Cali trio' left San Diego for Norman it seems that Woods is heavily considering the Sooners, along with hometown programs USC and UCLA. Woods says you can expect him to talk to the group, particularly fellow receiver Kenny Stills.
"Yeah, I want to see what the turnover is. I want to see what the game speed is like but I know it's a big difference so wherever I go, it's going to be a big difference," he explained.
"Hopefully get some pointers from (Stills).
"Actually I kind of want to get out of Cali(fornia) but I mean, I don't know. I do want to leave, but if me leaving isn't the right thing then I'll stay where I am now."
Many have expected Woods to stay closer to home for quite some time now but it seems that Oklahoma's offensive firepower and general scheme has started to win him over.
"What I like about them is, they throw the ball, and they have great quarterbacks. They are always playing for championships, so there's a lot to like," he said.
Another assumed aspect of Woods' recruitment, in regard to Oklahoma, is that the Sooners might not have enough room to take another wide receiver in their 2012 class. The assumption has been the Sooners might see him on the defensive side of the ball, particularly at safety.
"Coach (Jay) Norvell asked me if I mind playing safety, he knows they might be stacked there at receiver, but I just want to play," Woods recalled. "I mean if it comes down to it, maybe I could do it but I'm more comfortable at receiver and that's what I'd like to play. We'll figure that out though."
While Woods admits his team's season has been a disappointment due to the loss of his quarterback his primary focus seems to be on his upcoming Oklahoma visit where he says if things go well a commitment could be coming, if not, he'll have to take a step back and make a new plan.
"At that point, I'll have to take a step back."
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