April 18, 2006

Poway big man has strong showing at NIKE

Poway, Calif., High's Nick Wood will never have his strength questioned.

The 6-foot-2, 272-pound defensive tackle did 50 reps of 185-pounds on the bench press at Saturday's SoCal NIKE Training Camp. No other prospect at the camp did more.

"I had been training for that for about six weeks," Wood explained. "You walk down a tunnel on the way to USC's weight room and you have all these pictures of great college football players, like O.J. (Simpson) and Reggie (Bush). So that kind of pumps you up.

"Then you have all these big college coaches there, so I just put my game face on and pumped it up."

Wood also tested out well in the 40-yard dash, 20-yard shuttle and vertical leap. His 85.05 SPARQ score was fifth best at the camp.

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