Although Ohio State has always been his favorite college football program, junior Eli Woodard (Vorhees, N.J./Vorhees) said it would be a mistake to assume that's where he'll end up playing after he graduates from high school.
“Ohio State has always been my dream school, but I'm still keeping my options open,” Woodard said. “It's too early to tell right now.”
In addition to a scholarship offer from Ohio State, Woodard, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound defensive back, has offers from Alabama, Notre Dame, Purdue, Rutgers and Wisconsin. He attended camps at Notre Dame, Ohio State and Rutgers last summer.
Woodard said coaches from Boston College and Nebraska recently visited his school as well. He plans to attend the Alabama-LSU game at Alabama on Nov. 5.
“I'm real high on Alabama,” he said. “They have a great program. Rutgers is recruiting me real hard. They're also one of my favorites. A lot of people say if all the kids from New Jersey went to Rutgers they could win the national championship. I really believe that.”
Woodard said he's on pace to graduate in January 2013 and that he hopes to choose a college before his senior season begins.
“I'm happy with the offers I have,” he said. “They're all great schools. Right now I'm just taking it slow.”
St. Hilaire set to announce
Running Back Elijah St. Hilaire (Palisades Park, N.J./Eastern) said he will announce his college choice at halftime of tonight's game against Weehawken. Earlier this month St. Hilaire narrowed his choices to Akron, Colorado State and Bryant.
He visited Akron and Bryant, but did not visit Colorado State.
“I've always wanted to announced my decision during our homecoming,” St. Hilaire said.
Lucas lands another offer
Defensive back Jordan Lucas (New Rochelle, N.Y./Worcester Academy) picked up an offer from Akron on Wednesday. It was the second offer Lucas has received. Massachusetts made him his first offer earlier this month.
Lucas took an unofficial visit to Rutgers on Thursday. He said Villanova and Virginia are among the schools showing strong interest.