Jamal Woodyard made the move from slot receiver to running back during the early going of his junior…
Woodyard Holding a Pair
Jamal Woodyard profile "I liked it," said Woodyard of his junior day trip to Southern Miss. "I think I could get a lot playing time there as a freshman. They are recruiting me as a running back." Two days prior to junior day, the Golden Eagles extended Woodyard a scholarship offer. Once he arrived in Hattiesburg, Jamal had plenty to talk about. "I talked to the running backs' coach (Pat Washington) and the head coach (Larry Fedora)," said Jamal. "They were telling me about their program and how they want to get to the next level. They said they were real interested in me and they really want me to come there." The Golden Eagles were the first school to roll out the red carpet for Jamal, so they were able to make the first impression. Woodyard plans to tour a few more campuses later this spring. "Mississippi State was the first school to offer me," said Jamal. "I haven't visited them yet. I think I am going to check them out too. Tennessee invited me to their spring game and I think Auburn wants me to come too." The frequency of correspondence from interested parties appears to be on the incline. Jamal's fan mail is coming from all over the south. "I am getting letters from a lot of schools like Kentucky, Florida State, Alabama, UAB and some more schools," said Woodyard. "I get a letter from Florida State just about everyday. Mississippi State and Southern Miss send me a lot too." Jamal has not set a time frame for a verbal commitment and he simply plans to go with the flow until he reaches a decision. The counsel of those close to him will be an important part of the selection process. "I am going to talk a lot with my family," said Woodyard. "My mom and my uncles will be people I talk to. They just want me to make a decision that is best for me. They said they are going to support me no matter what I choose."
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