December 21, 2011

Woodard not fazed by sanctions

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With less than two months until National Signing Day, the focus will soon begin to shift towards the 2013 class. Since picking up a verbal offer back in June Voorhees (N.J.) Eastern cornerback Eli Woodard has been among Ohio State's top targets in the class. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound prospect has been to Columbus numerous times over the last year and has listed Ohio State as his favorite. With NCAA sanctions being announced yesterday, Woodard still holds the Buckeyes in high regard.

"I was waiting for it and I expected it to be pretty bad," said Woodard. "I thought it was going to be a little bit worse so none of it changed anything for me. Ohio State is still my favorite but I definitely did feel for the guys on the team for that one-year bowl ban, because they're going to be really good next year."

Woodard recently was able to speak on the phone with new Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer. The conversation was the first interaction between the two and everything went well in Woodard's mind.

"It was great," he said. "He's a real great guy and we were just talking about football stuff and he was just talking about how much I liked Ohio State and I told him that I liked them a lot and then we just talked football."

While the football season may be over now for Woodard, the talented athlete does not take many days off. In fact, he's already started training hard for his senior season.

"I've been working out at a place called ProTrain," he said. "It's a lot of one-on-one stuff and lower body stuff. We do some real crazy stuff like single-leg squats and it gets pretty intense in there. It's mostly guys in there that play football so we're all trying to accomplish the same thing."

Woodard hasn't put much thought into the recruiting process recently and says he doesn't have any unofficial visits planned in the near future.

"I haven't really planned anything but I'm going to Army All-American Game," he said. "I'm not participating in the combine but I'm actually going to be there to check out the game and everything. Hopefully I'll get to watch some of the guys from around my area."


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