October 8, 2006

Wood compares his first three visits

Nick Wood recently returned home from his third official visit. After tripping out to Boston College and Arizona State, the defensive tackle from Poway (Calif.) decided to visit Colorado.

"It was awesome," the 6-foot-2, 275-pounder said of his trip to the Rocky Mountains. "I had been up there before so I kind of knew what to expect in terms of the view and everything."

Sophomore defensive tackle Brandon Nicolas served as his player host for the weekend. "I talked to [defensive line] coach Romeo Bandison a lot, he is a real good coach," Wood added. "They only have about eight defensive linemen suiting up right now because of lack of depth and injuries. So I would definitely have an opportunity to play early there."

How did Wood's trip to Boulder compare with his earlier visits? "It was pretty similar," he admitted. "I think it really compared to Boston College. It's a real good school. I think they have similar campus layouts and it's a similar type of campus city. There is kind of a small city that you live in and then Boston and Denver are just a few minutes away.

"I liked all three of my official visits. I think they all went really well and I liked the players at all three. But in terms of an overall leader, I honestly couldn't tell you which one I liked the most."

Wood plans to take two more trips before making a decision. He is looking to visit Washington officially, potentially the weekend of November 10th when the Huskies take on Stanford.

Wood claims scholarship offers from 17 different Division-1 programs. He is ranked by Rivals.com as the nation's 35th best defensive tackle prospect and the 54th best overall recruit from California.

A first-team all-league selection as a junior, Wood did 50 reps of 185 pounds on the bench press at the Los Angeles NIKE Training Camp last April. His 85.05 SPARQ rating at the event ranked fifth.

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