May 4, 2006

Wood picks up Mountain West offer

Nick Wood has seen his recruitment take off since his strong performance at the Los Angeles NIKE Training Camp in mid-April. His 50 reps of 185 pounds on the bench press was a camp high and his 85.05 SPARQ score ranked fifth.

In the last two weeks, 10 different college coaches have stopped by Poway (Calif.) High to check out the 6-foot-2, 272-pound defensive tackle.

"I got an offer to be a Colorado State Ram today," Wood explained. "I am being recruited by Coach Hammerschmidt from CSU. Several schools have been coming in that I really like, and from what I'm told, they like me a lot as well."

San Diego State, Washington State, USC, Arizona, Utah, Hawaii and UTEP are among the other programs that have shown strong interest.

"About a month ago I checked out Vanderbilt, Georgia and Georgia Tech," Wood added. "I really like Vanderbilt and Georgia Tech. Last weekend, I went to the Cal Junior Day. While up there, I also took a visit to Stanford and watched a practice."

Wood was named first-team all-Palomar League as a junior.

Aside from strength, what separates him from most players at the high school level?

"I think what sets me apart is the fact that I play with a lot of heart," Wood expressed. "I never take time off in the off-season. Year-round, I am training for something; I'm constantly in the gym and the weight room. I set high goals and I expect to achieve them."

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