Duke, UVA realistic options for 3-star OG
The spring evaluation period has led to several coach visits and some new scholarship offers for Lebanon (Tenn.) Friendship Christian offensive guard Andrew Wood. The three-star has added offers from Cincinnati and a few other programs but said academics remain his No. 1 priority.
"Academics are really a driving force for me in my recruitment," Wood said. "Nowadays it seems cliché but I'm pretty serious about it. But I know what I want to do, aerospace engineering so I'm looking at programs that can offer me that."
Two notable academic schools that have already offered, Virginia and Duke and Wood say they both have his attention.
"Virginia offered me earlier this year and I've been talking to them a little bit ever since," he said. "They've been selling me on their academics and they want me to come up there this summer so they can show me what the have to offer."
Wood isn't sure if the school offers his specific desired major, but he said that's what he's looking forward to learning about on the trip.
"They told me that they can offer engineering but we didn't get into specifics," he said. "But we will get more in-depth on that stuff when I visit."
The Blue Devils were one of the several schools that stopped by to see Wood recently and he said he's pretty receptive to the school's pitch.
"I still talk to them a lot," he said. "I've had contact with them on a weekly basis and I'm going up there on May 19."
Wood said the school will be just as much about academics as it is athletics.
"I'm going to meet with the engineering program first," he said. "They don't offer aerospace engineering but they do have a certificate program so I'm looking forward to learning more about that."
As far as his fit on the field, Wood said he likes that as well.
"They said it's a high possibility that I could play tackle," he said. "They think I can have a chance to play early if I keep working and developing."