It's not too hard to find players who are athletic enough to play both ways in high school. Ambrose Wooden is one of the few who has a legitimate shot to play both ways at the next level for a major program.
Wooden has a loose idea of where and when he would like to take his five official visits, but nothing is formally set yet.
"I might go to Boston College on Nov. 15. I know I'm going to be at Notre Dame on Dec. 6, and that's set up pretty much. The next weekend, the 13th, I'd like to go to Penn State and UCLA the weekend after that on the 20th. I might be at Stanford on Jan. 10. But all of that is subject to change except the Notre Dame visit. Virginia Tech isn't out of the picture either."
Wooden has about 25 scholarships and is narrowing his list before his official visits.
"My favorites are Virginia Tech, Boston College, Southern Cal, Penn State, Stanford, Notre Dame and UCLA. I can't pick a leader from them but once I take all my official visits I should have a better idea."
Thus far Wooden has been superb for Baltimore (Md.) Gilman. He's passed for 1,300 yards and rushed for close to 1,000 as well. Perhaps his biggest accomplishment has been the 27 touchdowns he's scored.
"I see the field in a whole new way this year," Wooden said, who runs the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds and plays safety as well as quarterback. "The game is coming to me easier. College is going to be a lot tougher because everyone talks about how much faster the game is. I need to keep on improving on the little things so I can just adapt to the speed of the game next year and have a smooth transition. I'm not sure if I'll be a quarterback, safety, receiver or whatever in college. I think I can be successful at all of them though."