June 9, 2011

Woodard still liking the Bucks

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With camp season quickly approaching, the Ohio State coaching staff will be hosting some of the top prospects not only from around the state of Ohio but from around the entire nation over the next three weeks. One of the top out-of-state prospects that will camping with the Buckeyes is class of 2013 defensive back Eli Woodard. The 6-foot, 170-pound corner from Vorhees (N.J.) Eastern Regional is right in the middle of a busy summer that will include stops at some of the nation's premier programs.

"I have camp invites to Notre Dame, Boston College, Rutgers, and Florida lined up," he said. "As you know I also just got back from camps at Virginia Tech and Temple."

With two camps down already, Woodard is happy with what he has been able to do so far in pressure-packed situations in front of college coaches.

"I think I had a real strong showing at the Temple camp," he said. "I got switched to the senior's group after my performance and their defensive coordinator really liked me. At Virginia Tech, I did nice in the drill work and in one-on-one's. They did one-on-one's differently, they wouldn't really let you press or get physical with the receivers and they sort of made us play off but I felt like I had a strong showing."

Woodard has entered each camp setting with a focus on competing hard at all times, realizing that the eyes of college coaches will be fixed on him constantly.

"I just want to come to these camps and make the strongest impression possible," he said. "I just want to come out and show my ability, be at the front of the drills, and make sure that I just do my best. It's definitely important for me to do well in these camps so I just expect to ball out."

Woodard will be in Columbus in late June to camp with Ohio State, a school that he grew up following. Like many, Woodard was surprised by the recent news that Jim Tressel would no longer be the head football coach.

"I've always been an Ohio State fan from when I was a kid," Woodard said. "From what I know of coach Tressel and from reading a couple of his books, he's a great guy and well respected. I was definitely shocked when I heard about it at first but it is what it is."

Despite the uncertainty, Woodard still holds the program in high regard and had no thoughts of his canceling his plans to camp with Ohio State, something that he's been doing since junior high.

"Ohio State is still a school that I like a lot," he said. "I still feel like I have a connection with the coaching staff. It definitely effected me a little bit (Tressel's resignation) but I still feel like it's my number one school and it didn't change anything about going to the camp. I had already made up my mind that I was going."


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