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Woods closing in on narrowing list

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Four-star athlete prospect Robert Woods (6-1, 185, 4.43) from Gardena (Calif.) Serra is such an outstanding football player that he would be among the top recruits at both wide receiver and defensive back. He has the type of talent to make an instant impact at either spot on the D-I level and help out the lucky team that lands him returning punts and kicks.
Woods has roughly 19 offers on the table including every team in the Pac 10 except Oregon State. Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Tennessee are just a few of the big time programs that are coveting his services and it is easy to know why,
On the offensive side of the ball, Woods was virtually unstoppable catching 81 passes for 1,378 yards and 19 touchdowns while averaging 17.0 yards per catch.
As a defensive back, Woods accounted for 87 tackles, seven interceptions and one fumble recovery.
Not a bad day at the office, is it?
Woods saw his junior season performance him earn CIF Defensive Player of the Year, Area Player of the Year, Area Defensive Player of the Year, League MVP and all-state.
This talented player is the complete package as a football player and a student, as he is an honor roll student for his work in the classroom.
Woods is a very focused young man who is thinking about narrowing his list of colleges down soon.
"I'll probably narrow things down right before my season," Woods said. "Probably sometime in the middle of August."
Woods has already been to several campuses by the summer going into his junior season and was scheduled to take an unofficial visit to Stanford this summer, but things came and he was unable to get to Palo Alto.
"I contacted Stanford today (July 13th)," Woods said. "We talked about going up there so they are still in there."
What is Woods looking for in a college?
"Really just have great guys around me, great teammates, who want to win a championship," Woods said. "I haven't really been able to win a championship since I have been younger.
"I have been league champs and stuff like that, but nothing like a real big time championship," Woods said. "I want to have those guys around me who want to win that championship as bad as I do."
Will location have any say so in Woods' decision?
"I wouldn't say so," Woods said. "I've traveled and I'm actually fine in a way, because I think I'm a pretty social guy and I would meet some friends. I talk to people so from any region."
Is there a timeframe for a college decision?
"I haven't really made up my mind, but I have some schools in my head that I haven't released to the public yet," Woods said. "I'm not going to release them until August and I'm going to save my commitment for the bowl game."
With Woods you get an athlete who does so many things well that it may be hard for a school to pick what position they want him to play. Is there a consensus by the colleges what position they are recruiting him for?
"Most of the schools, I have talked to mention wide receiver."
Does Woods have a preference?
"Wide receiver," Woods said. "Yes, because the ball is in my hands and sometimes the team may be struggling, I can't always get the ball on defense, but on offense, some plays are selected for me and I just feel I'm a great player with the ball in my hands."
It has been rumored that in the end that UCLA and USC will be among the finalists for his services, are the two local schools still in the hunt?
"Yes, both USC and UCLA are in hunt," Woods said. "Just like all the other schools.
Woods earned a spot on the Rivals.com Rivals100 team for the class of 2010 landing as the nation's No. 17 prospect at any position. He also ranked by Rivals.com as the nation's No. 2 athlete prospect.
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