Friday, April 5, 2013
TE Wood talks UCLA offer, spring plans
By Erik McKinney
This year's recruiting class in Arizona is as good as it has been over the past several years, but Pac-12 programs aren't going to sit around and watch all that talent stay within the Grand Canyon State borders.
One Pac-12 program putting up a big fight is UCLA, which is attempting to cash in on a successful 2012 season, the star quality of quarterback and former Arizona prep star Brett Hundley, as well as the signing of Priest Willis and Kenny Lacy in the 2013 class. The Bruins have already extended offers to more than a handful of Arizona prospects and added one more this past Wednesday, when tight end Trevor Wood (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral) picked one up from UCLA.
Wood said the relationship with the Bruins coaches developed quickly. He spoke with offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone on Tuesday, who said head coach Jim Mora would be in touch with the 6-foot-6, 251-pound tight end later in the week. But Wood received another message from Mazzone on Wednesday, asking him to give the UCLA coaches a call.
"He said Mora told him to give me the offer," Wood said of Mazzone. "It was pretty exciting. I feel like it was pretty quick, but I was pretty happy. I know that UCLA knows how to use a tight end, so that's not a bad option."
It's one of several options for Wood, who also holds offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, Oregon State, Utah and Washington. This spring, a number of programs plan to visit during the evaluation period, including Colorado, Colorado State, LSU, Nebraska and Vanderbilt.
"LSU said they were definitely going to come out and see if I could be a good fit," Wood said. "Recently, they have been talking to me a lot. I get maybe 10 to 15 handwritten letters from them every week. I'm not sure if that could be a spring ball offer, but that could be a big option."
Wood is also very familiar with the home-state schools. He visited Arizona State this past weekend and was Arizona this past Tuesday, which was far from his first time on either campus. But at this point, Wood is far more focused on preparing for spring ball than on recruiting. He missed large chunks of the past two seasons, as mono kept him out for six games during his sophomore year and a torn labrum sidelined him after the second game of his junior year.
"I'm just focusing on getting back to where I was before," Wood said. "I'm working hard to get back in shape and get my shoulder healthy, which is going really well."
Wood added that he will wait until after spring ball to sit down and discuss where he would like to take unofficial visits this summer and official visits this fall. At this point, his plans are somewhat up in the air.
His team is competing in a passing tournament in San Diego in early June, which will prevent Wood from attending the Oregon Nike Camp. The two schools he'd like to see on unofficial visits at this point are Boise State and UCLA, although no plans have been set.
"Right now I'm not really focused on that," Wood said. "I just want to see what happens during spring ball."