2014: Woods Has Big Ten Interest

National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Mar 12, 2012

South St. Paul (Minn.) sophomore Preston Woods had a great first year on varsity and colleges are taking note.

One of the sophomores to catch our eye in the Northern States is Preston Woods, a tough, strong youngster who has excelled in multiple sports.

"Right now I'm at 6'3 and I weigh 280," he said. "Wrestling just got over with and I'm going into track. I throw shot and discus. The wrestling season went well. I was 30-11 and I made it to state."

Last season, Woods was also a state qualifier in wrestling as a freshman, posting a 31-12 record. He also had a big varsity debut on the gridiron.

"Football season went good. I had a pretty good season. I thought I did better on offense than defense. I know I had like 14 solo tackles, nine tackles for loss, two sacks, three knockdowns, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, three pass breakups and one safety."

Woods says he also felt as though he got better and more comfortable as the year went along.

"Yeah, as a sophomore, at first, I had to get used to it. I wasn't used to the tempo of it. Later on in the season, I improved, focused on technique and fixing my game. Halfway through the season, I picked it up, started getting used to the tempo, and it went good."

Colleges have started to recruit Woods, mostly programs from the Big Ten.

"Yeah, I gotten some mail from Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, I got invited to a couple camps. The IMG at Madden Academy in Florida, FBU, and Wisconsin."

Woods hopes to decide which of those he is going to soon.

"Me and my head coach were going to have a meeting to sit down and talk about which schools to go visit and which camps I should do."

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