Ever since he earned several offers during a busy camp schedule in late June, 2013 cornerback Eli Woodard of Voorhees (N.J.) Eastern has remained rather quiet. However, after spending the last month preparing for his junior season, Woodard will hit the road once again later this week as he makes his way to Ohio State for a return visit.
"I'm just getting ready for the season," said Woodard, who is 6-foot-0 and 170-pounds. "I'm focused on putting all of this hard work from the off-season on the field. I am headed out to Ohio State after they expressed serious interest in me coming out to a practice and being around the team."
Woodard is heading out to Ohio State after practice on Thursday and will stay in Columbus until Sunday.
"I put it out there on the field at their camp, to a point that they said I could play at this level, so I really just want to see as much as I can," said Woodard. "I want to see how they run practices and I want to continue to build relationships with the coaches. I'm also going to check out more of the campus and see what the academics are about."
Woodard holds early offers from Ohio State, Notre Dame, Rutgers and Purdue.
Since he received his offers in June, Woodard has put recruiting on the back burner.
"I left the month of June in a nice position with all of the schools that offered me," said Woodard. "I took July to really rest up and get focused. I spoke to Rutgers a couple of time and I plan to hit some games to all the schools in the fall. However, Ohio State and Buckeye nation have really showed me a lot of interest."
Aside from the four that have already offered, Woodard is also receiving interest from Florida State, Florida, Penn State, Clemson, Maryland and Alabama. He gave additional details about a few more possible visits that he is planning.
"Notre Dame is up there high on my list and I'm planning to get out there in October," said Woodard. "I believe they are going to have a great season and I look forward to seeing the coaches again. Maryland plays Miami on Labor Day, and that would be nice to see. On the 17th Temple plays Penn State in Philly and that would be nice too.""
With practice already started and scrimmages around the corner, Woodard discussed his upcoming junior season.
"I'm always trying to get bigger, stronger and faster," said Woodard. "I'm continuing to grow my all-around game. I have a long way to go to be successful at the next level, let alone my junior and senior year in Group 4. There is a lot of talent in our conference and a bunch of guys that want to make names for themselves."