May 9, 2011

Woodard is no stranger to Ohio State

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The Ohio State coaching staff hasn't ventured into the state of New Jersey too often in recent years, but when the opportunity is there to recruit a high level talent, the Buckeyes' staff certainly won't hesitate to do so. In the class of 2013, one player may just fit that profile in Voorhees (N.J.) Eastern Regional product Eli Woodard. The 6-foot, 170-pound cornerback has been camping at Ohio State since the seventh grade and is firmly on the Buckeye's radar.

"I've just always really loved them and watched them on TV," said Woodard of his decision to camp at Ohio State. "I've just been a huge fan of them. I love Troy Smith, Ted Ginn Jr., and AJ Hawk."

Having camped at Ohio State over the years, Woodard has been able to develop a familiarity with the program and the coaching staff.

"I've spoke a bit with the cornerbacks coach, coach (Taver) Johnson," Woodard said. "He makes me feel welcome and I really like that. They have a nice group of guys at corner and he definitely seems like a great coach."

Woodard was one of the few underclassmen that attended the spring game a few weeks ago and despite the change in the structure of the game, he had a good time while on campus.

"It was real nice," he said. "It was real interesting to watch because Terrelle Pryor wasn't in there. The quarterback situation looked pretty good and overall everything was good. It was a little different than the other ones that I've been to with how they played it but overall I had a good time watching the spring game."

Ohio State isn't the only major program tracking Woodard at the moment and after a strong performance at the Rutgers Nike Camp, Woodard's list of interested schools should only continue to expand.

"Rutgers, Boston College, Penn State, and Notre Dame are the schools that have came to our school," Woodard said. "I talked to Ohio State's coach (Nick) Siciliano, he recruits this area and he said he might be coming by the school later this month."

With June team camps just around the corner, Woodard will be busy hitting some of the top programs along the East coast, while also making a return trip to Columbus.

"I'm definitely going to go back to Ohio State," he explained. "I'm also going to Boston College, Virginia Tech, and Rutgers. Those are the camps that I'm definitely going to go to. Others that I'm going to try and work into my schedule are Notre Dame and North Carolina State."

In the meantime, Woodard is working on improving his strength to get ready for the talented receivers he will be facing on the camp circuit as well as on the football field this fall.

"Right now, I'm really focused on my weight training," he said. "I'm working on my muscle mass and just to get bigger for the season. I would like to be 185-pounds of all muscle, that's what my focus is right now."


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