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Lorenzo Woodley puts recruitment on hold

11/20/2012

Three-star running back Lorenzo Woodley knew teammate Daryl Chestnut would likely miss their first-round playoff game against Miami Dr. Krop.

So Woodley, the 5-foot-11, 200-pound senior, decided to make sure the opposition wouldn't notice any sort of a drop-off. Woodley scored three times and eclipsed the 100-yard mark on just 12 carries.

He set the tone right away with an impressive 20-yard power run on Columbus’ first play on offense.

“Daryl is known as the explosive back and I’m the power back,” Woodley explained. “People know what to expect from us, so I gave them what they wanted. I wanted to come out strong and deliver some blows on my first couple of runs.

“I knew Daryl was a little banged up, and I really practiced well this week because I wanted the coaches to know that they are in good hands with me. I know what it takes to win a state championship, and I want to end my senior season on a good note.”

Woodley says his recruitment has taken a bit of a back seat to his final playoff run. Last month he took an official visit to Purdue.

“That was a great trip and I liked it up there,” Woodley added. “I talked a lot with coach [Danny] Hope, and it was good times because he’s a Miami guy, and he knew a lot of the things about the area that I know.”

Woodley said he thought of committing but didn’t want to rush into any decision without taking some other officials.

“Right now I’m looking at Ole Miss, West Virginia and still trying to talk to FSU and Miami,” Woodley said. “We’ll see what happens because I don’t have any other officials planned.”

Although Woodley and Chestnut have been an exciting tandem at Columbus over the past two years, it doesn’t look like playing in college is going to be in the cards.

“We really haven’t talked about it, and I think he’s going to commit somewhere soon,” Woodley said. “He’s doing his thing and I’ll have to do mine. We’ll always root for each other.”