August 17, 2011

Woodard talks OSU visit

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One of the top juniors in the Atlantic East region was in Columbus this past weekend in Voorhees (N.J.) Eastern product Eli Woodard. The 6-foot, 170-pound cornerback made yet another trip to Ohio State's campus for a two-day unofficial visit. While on campus, Woodard was able to check out a couple of practices and get a better feel for Ohio State as a whole.

"My weekend went great," said Woodard. "I loved everything about it. It was just a really good time with the coaches and I felt at home and everything went great."

Woodard was in Columbus on both Friday and Saturday before leaving early Sunday morning. His weekend trip gave him an opportunity to interact with many of the coaches and players and to get to know them all better.

"I sat down with a number of coaches and learned about success and I sat down with the (defensive back) coaches and it was great," he said. "I loved the communication (with the coaches) and they were showing me the support system. They have a really strong (academic) support system and that was really a plus."

Woodard took in a couple of practices during the trip and came away impressed by the action.

"Practice was really intense," he explained. "Everything was really fast-paced and I thought the hitting and tackling was real vicious, too."

Not only was Woodard impressed with what he saw but he was able to pick up on a couple of things that he plans to add to his own practice habits.

"I got to talk to some of the players about the speed and everything," he said. "They gave me a couple of tips to take to practice and they showed me some footwork stuff so it was cool. Practice was unbelievable, I liked it."

Overall, Woodard says the visit went well and his comfort level for Ohio State continues to grow stronger.

"I had a great visit and it definitely helped (Ohio State's chances)," he said. "I wanted to get to know Ohio State. I already know a lot about the football program but I wanted to get to know about the academics and the support system. I got to talk to a couple of the tutors and stuff like that and it really helped a lot."

Right now, Woodard is focused on his upcoming junior season, but once that is over, a decision may not be too far off.

"I feel like my timetable right now is around December probably," he said. "I'll probably wait until right after the season. I don't want to wait til Signing Day or anything like that, I just want to get it out of the way before my senior year."


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