June 25, 2011

Woodard relieved with Buckeye offer

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For class of 2013 New Jersey product Eli Woodard, Saturday evening was a day that he had been working towards for many years. The 6-foot, 170-pound corner has been camping at Ohio State since junior high school and following a big time performance today, he received word of a verbal offer from the Buckeyes.

"It's definitely a relief to get a (verbal) offer from Ohio State," said Woodard. "I've definitely loved watching them play. I've been watching them play since I was in grade school. It's just a real great offer to get."

Woodard was called in to speak with the coaching staff after camp.

"First I spoke with coach (Taver) Johnson because I was in his room," he explained. "Then coach Haynes and head coach (Luke) Fickell came in and talked to me."

Woodard was one of the most impressive prospects at the camp despite being a year younger than many of the participants. Woodard looked good in drills and one-on-one's and ran a great 40-time in the morning.

"My 40 time was a 4.48 (seconds)," he said. "Overall, I feel like I did real solid. I definitely did what I expected to do here."

Woodard has been lighting camps up over the last two months and picked up two other verbal offers this past week from Notre Dame and Purdue.

"I like Notre Dame and Purdue a lot," he said. "They are different but they are also kind of the same. Just getting a degree there, you can have a future after (football)."

Woodard has not yet begun to narrow his list of schools as offers are beginning to pour in. One school that Woodard knows will be at or near the top of his list, however, is Ohio State.

"(Ohio State) is definitely in my top three," Woodard said.

Woodard wouldn't commit to naming other schools in that top three but reiterated that Ohio State would surely be in the group.

Despite a rigorous camp tour the last few weeks, Woodard says he isn't done and will be attending at least two more camps over the course of the next month.

"Tuesday I'm going out to Rutgers for a camp," he said. "After that, in July, I'm going to the Friday Night Lights Camp at Florida. Alabama has been wanting me to come down too so I'm going to try to get to a camp there."

Woodard hopes to continue his string of outstanding performances and the verbal offers are serving as a major confidence boost.

"I definitely have a lot of confidence coming into the season," he said. "I just want to have a great year and exceed expectations."


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