Some say it's best to live in the now. But for Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral tight end Trevor Wood, the now kind of stinks.
One of the stars of the Firebirds' 2012 team, Wood is seen as an underclassman on the rise. He already claims scholarship offers from Arizona, Arizona State and Washington. Schools such as UCLA, Michigan State and Oklahoma are staring to get involved in his recruitment, too.
The 2014 prospect forced a fumble with a jarring hit in his team's game last Friday, inflaming a previous injury. Now, the junior won't play another snap this season.
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Wood confirmed On Friday that a torn labrum will sideline him for the remainder of his junior season. He is set to get a diagnosis from another doctor on Tuesday afternoon, but the die seems cast in this case.
"I know it's rough, but it's what needs to be done," Wood said by text message on Sunday.
The good news? Wood's future seems much brighter than his present. He's currently in the process of scheduling unofficial visits to both UCLA and Washington. And that's not the best news, either.
"I'm going to a game at Oklahoma, and they told my dad they are going to offer me when they see me," Wood said, adding later that he and the Sooners' coaching staff are eyeing the weekend of Oct. 27 for the trip.
At such an early stage in his recruitment, the tight end declines to name favorites, saying instead that he is in the "feeling-out" stage. He will, however, talk at length about what he likes about the three schools that have already offered.
"My whole family went to Arizona," Wood said. "I grew up going to their games. With Arizona State, I like how they use the position that I play. It's an H-back mixed with a tight end. They move that guy around and use him a lot. With Washington, they're one of the best tight end schools in the nation. They know how to use the tight end. "
Wood is a two-way player at Chaparral, but will undoubtedly settle at tight end in college. He is taking his time in the recruiting process and has not set a timetable for a verbal commitment.