When I first wrote about Ann Arbor Skyline wide receiver Jordan Woods last December, I asked him if he had had any contact from schools or any letters.
"Actually, I haven't," was the the answer then.
Fast forward to now, and Woods' Skyline team has gone from 0-9 a year ago, to 2-0, the first two wins in program history. Recruiting has changed for the better too, as the 6'2, 175-lb receiver added a couple scholarship offers and chose to commit to Purdue.
"They seemed to want me from the beginning," he explained, "and they never let up and they made it seem like I was their guy and I really like that. I like the atmosphere. The campus reminds me of Ann Arbor, so it makes me feel and home and I like the coaching staff. It's not too far away, so my parents can come down and see me play, but it's also far away enough to make me feel like I'm on my own. Those are the things that were key."
The Boilermakers run a wide open offense similar to what Skyline deploys, and the coaches were happy to hear they had another weapon to add to the arsenal.
"He said it was great news. That I made their class a heck of a lot better and they were just really happy."
Not only did his team win their first two games in their program's short existence, but Woods was instrumental in the victories. He had five receptions for 104 yards and a score in the opener, then had a touchdown reception, a kick return for a score and an interception he ran back for a touchdown in week two, a win over perennial playoff team Dexter.
"That was interesting," Woods says of the initial win. "We came out and jumped right on them and then towards the end of the game it got close, and it felt like, oh no, this is what the season's going to be just like last year, where we had 'em and we let it slip away and we just can't get a victory. It was really emotional. We worked so hard for it and after going 0-9 the year before, it was actually kind of a shock, like we just won a football game."
Now that his team is 2-0, and hitting a tough part of their schedule, Woods sees the confidence in his squad growing.
"To be honest, going into the first game, I really wasn't sure what to expect, because we had our scrimmage, and the defense was a little shaky, so I thought oh no, this is going to be another last year, but then when the first game happened and all that, I was like oh, we're believing. After last game, I think we can play with anyone on our schedule. Everyone bought into the system and that was key that everyone believed in it and not thinking, oh we're Skyline, we're supposed to use. We actually believe that we can win and from the beginning of the year until now, it's a total difference."
And what a difference in Jordan Woods. The growth from December to now has been noted, and we can't wait to see what he has in store for an encore.