West Monroe, La., defensive back Xavier Woods has quickly put himself among the top cornerbacks in the state of Louisiana.
He began his varsity career as a receiver before making the switch to defense a few games into the 2011 season. It did not take long for the 5-11, 180-pound defender to adapt to his new position.
He has the attitude and mindset it takes to live on cornerback island, a place Woods is proud to call home.
"I'm a shutdown corner. I like to be one-on-one with the best receiver on the team," Woods said.
College coaches have liked the attitude. Scholarship offers have already come from Arkansas St., Houston, UL-Monroe, Memphis, Southern Miss, and Tulane, and more and more interest continues to roll in.
"I'm just getting calls," Woods said. "Mississippi St., they're recruiting me hard and they like me and they're just waiting to see how the season goes."
In addition to Mississippi St., Woods is receiving significant interest from Northwestern. He does not have any official visits scheduled but he does plan to take an unofficial visit to UL-Monroe.
"I'm going to the ULM/Baylor game in a few weeks," Woods said.
He is not naming any favorites at this time, but he does have a good idea about what he is looking for in a future program.
"The biggest thing for me is to play early, a good coaching staff, and a fun environment to be around," Woods said. "A place that makes me feel at home."