Top Safety Remains Wide Open

Ambrose Wooden recently ended the academic year at the well-known Gilman School in Baltimore, Maryland. However, Wooden remains busy with the recruiting process. Already this 6-foot-1, 190-pound defensive back has received offers from Maryland, Boston College, Virginia Tech, Ohio State, Penn State, Southern Cal, UCLA, Syracuse and others.
“I’m hoping to receive offers from Stanford and Notre Dame as well, but it’s been explained to me that they wait until the start of the season to make their official offers.”
Wooden has not been able to narrow his selections much as of yet. However, he noted, “That’s what the visits I’m planning are really for – to help me figure out which schools are best.”
Ambrose has taken unofficial visits to Maryland and Duke and is hoping to take an unofficial at Virginia Tech and Virginia soon although the Cavs haven’t offered him. This summer, he is planning on taking a trip to California to visit some schools out there, but he has not set any exact dates.
“By the end of the summer I’d like to have a top five,” Wooden commented, “and then I’d like to commit on or before signing day – hopefully before.”
Wooden, who sports a 3.9 GPA in addition to being a standout on the field, commented, “I’m looking for a balance of academics and athletics, as well as a coach who will look out for the players and aren’t just out to win, but rather focus on the individual.”
It is no surprise that Wooden has been a star recruit. The talented defensive back can run the 40-yard dash in a startling 4.4 seconds. Last season, he used his speed to run for 660 yards and five touchdowns. He also passed for 1149 yards and 11 touchdowns.
So far, Wooden and his family, who have never been through the recruiting process, have described it as being “very interesting” Wooden noted, “All the schools have recruited me pretty much even. No school has really stood out yet in that regard.”
Wooden and his coaches have decided that it is best for him not to attend any camps. Wooden explained, “They don’t think I should go to any camps because scholarships are coming in. The only thing you can do is hurt yourself, so I’m just going to let it flow.”
For now it is clear, that with or without “camp exposure,” Wooden is going to be continue to be one of the most coveted recruits for his combination of incredible on and off the field performance.