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Busy Visiting Schools
Austin Woods, the 6-foot-5, 295-pound three-star offensive center from Rockwall Heath High School in Heath, Texas, now has 15 scholarship offers and has already been very busy visiting schools. "I don't really have any favorites right now," Woods stated. "I'm just focused on my spring practice. We start back up on today (April 30). I probably won't have a top five until summer." Although Woods continues to deny leaders, he's already visited Texas A&M, Oklahoma, TCU, Baylor, Texas Tech, Arkansas and Oklahoma State. All of those programs have offered except for Oklahoma. "They (Oklahoma coaches) are gonna be coming to my high school for spring ball in a few weeks," he said. "We'll see if they offer. "I love how tradition-rich Oklahoma is," Woods said. "They are always contenders for the national championship. I had a good time when I was there and felt like I'd gotten to know them all pretty well. I really like their style of play and think I'd fit in well." Woods, Scout.com's No. 3 offensive center, visited the A&M Junior Day and came away very impressed with the Aggies. "I love the college environment there," he said. "It's a fun place and I love the crazy fans. "Coach Mike Sherman seems to have things going in the right direction," Woods said. "He's recruiting really well and I like the players he's bringing in." Woods also attended the Texas Tech Junior Day. "Tech just always seems to have a good o-line," he said. "Coach Mike Leach loves the big guys and they always have a big-time high-powered offense." Another coach who made a good impression on Woods was coach Bobby Petrino of Arkansas. "I really like coach Petrino and their offensive line coach (Mike Summers). They seemed really good and I got a good vibe from them. Plus, they will really be needing a center so it could be an opportunity to play early." Woods' most recent visit to a school was on April 18 when he attended the Oklahoma State spring game. "I liked the atmosphere there a lot," he said. "Stillwater is a great town. It's small and you can tell they really love the Cowboys. "The game was pretty good too and I think they'll have a good team this year," Woods said. Although Woods admits to loving college football, he says he never followed a specific program. "I'm really open right now, but once I feel totally comfortable somewhere, I'll decide," he said. "I'm not looking to do it early or to wait – it'll just be whenever it feels right." Woods says he also has scholarships from SMU (first to offer in January), Kansas State, Auburn, Vanderbilt and several others. "Alabama and Ole Miss are recruiting me pretty hard too," he said. "I think they'll be offering me too." He says he finished his junior season with around 35 pancake blocks and didn't allow a single sack all year. "I'm a really smart player," he said. "I can snap and move. I'm very focused and I'm a strong blocker. "But I still want to bulk up and get stronger," he said. "I also want to improve my footwork." Woods says he'd like to major in either business or law and reports a 4.0 core GPA and a 1600 SAT.
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