Trevor Wood says the injury that caused him to miss the bulk of his junior season stunted his recruitment. It's hard to argue with him on that point. Wood, a 6-foot-6 tight end at Scottsdale's Chaparral High School, holds six scholarship offers as it is. And if it weren't for lost time a year ago, that number would certainly be higher.
Bouncing back has been a process. He's worked to drop weight and add speed since returning to football activates. Wood says he isn't where he wants to be quite yet, but things are coming together.
He's participating in camps and playing in 7-on-7 tournaments. As a result, Trevor Wood is starting to feel more like, well, Trevor Wood.
"I think in the past week and half, I've dropped, like, 12 pounds," Wood said on Thursday. "I've been on a new diet and I got my wisdom teeth out, so I think that helped a little bit.
"I feel like I was slow to get back into it after the injury. I learned to trust my shoulder again."
According to Wood, he is down to 238 pounds. You can see it in his physique, too. He's looking more like the player that made a name for himself as a major college prospect. He's feeling more like that player, too. The offer that came in from Oregon State last week certainly helped on that front.
"I wasn't really expecting an offer now," Wood said. "I mean, maybe in the future. I guess it just came how it came."
Wood took in an Arizona State practice on Saturday. He also has tentative plans to visit Boise State for the Broncos' spring game in April. Other than those trips, though, things are still coming together. His travel plans, much like his recruitment as a whole, is a process.
"I was going to go to the Nike camp in Oregon and visit Oregon and Oregon State while I was up there, but our Chaparral team passing league might be in a tournament in San Diego. It just depends how that goes. If we're not in San Diego, I'll go up there and see Oregon and Oregon State."
UCLA, Vanderbilt, Colorado and Colorado State are also in pursuit of Wood. None of the group has extended a formal offer as now. Then, that's what an injury an in inopportune time can do.
"I feel like those are the programs that, once they see me in spring ball, could offer me then," Wood said. "I feel like the injury didn't hurt my recruitment, it just paused it. So I am a little behind in the process."
Wood names no favorites and declines to share many of his thoughts on specific schools. He does, however, have a timetable for trimming his list.
"I'll probably have a top 5 or top 10 after the summer," he said. "Then I'll cut it down to my five officials. "