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Summer visits crucial for Woodley

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Miami (Fla.) Columbus three-star running back Lorenzo Woodley says his main focus during the spring is on rounding out his game.
"Spring has been going good so far," Woodley said. "I am trying to improve at catching the ball out of the backfield more."
As a junior, Woodley amassed 727 rushing yards on just 88 carries and scored 11 touchdowns. He had to share carries with Louisville-bound running back Brandon Radcliff and fellow rising senior Daryl Chestnut. With Radcliff's departure, the need for Woodley to step up as the primary big back in the Columbus offensive attack now exists.
"I feel like my workload will increase with Brandon (Radcliff) leaving," Woodley said. "I just feel like it is going to give me more chances to show what I can do."
Woodley says his offer list hasn't grown much during the past month.
"I haven't really gotten any new offers," Woodley said. "A lot of schools have come by Columbus and checked on us."
At this point in the process, he claims a total of 13 offers - Cincinnati, Florida International, Florida State, Indiana, Marshall, Mississippi State, N.C. State, Ole Miss, Purdue, Rutgers, South Florida, Tennessee, and West Virginia. Nobody can claim the leader spot.
"I don't really have a top right now," Woodley said. "I am just open to everybody. I am just waiting for the spring to end before I make any decisions."
When spring wraps up and summer rolls around, the 6-foot, 210-pound back intends to check out a few options.
"I am going to take a few visits to see if I like the places that I go to," Woodley said. "Then I will base my decision off where I like and where I feel comfortable at."
The South Florida prospect knows of a few likely destinations for visits.
"I know I want to see the Mississippi schools and South Carolina, also FSU," Woodley said. "They are all good programs, nice schools, and in good conferences."
As for a final decision, that will likely come before he plays his first game of his senior season in late August.
"I want to decide during the summer," Woodley said.
Woodley also reports interest from Auburn, Miami, Michigan State, Notre Dame, and Wisconsin.
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