- Radi Nabulsi, Reporter, DawgNation
Defensive lineman Jay Woods (Jackson, Ga./Jackson) already had 19 offers from schools all over the country, so why would another offer be any different? Well, when offer No. 20 comes from the team that he grew up following, it is deemed a special one. Woods was offered Thursday by the Georgia Bulldogs, and he couldn’t be happier.
“Mark Richt just offered me,” Woods told DawgNation. “My coach called me to his office and I called Coach [Bryan] McClendon and he said, 'I have good news for you but I am going to let Coach Richt tell you.' Coach Richt said I was a good football player and he was trying to put together a Dream Team for 2013 and I could be a big part of it. He said, 'I would like to offer you a full scholarship to the University of Georgia.' ”
Woods says this offer means more because it is one he dreamed of as a child.
“Growing up, they are your favorite team because they are the home-state team,” Woods said. “They have recruited you and now they offer you a scholarship -- it is the one you have been looking for. Now that it has happened I was astounded. I am blessed.”
The fact that so many schools offered before Georgia is not a point of contention with Woods.
“The last time I visited Georgia was at the Very Important Dawg junior day,” Woods said. “I talked then with Coach Richt and Rodney Garner. They told me they had just gotten my tape in and that they were going to evaluate it.”
Apparently the coaches liked what they saw. They plan to stop by and see Woods during the ongoing evaluation period.
“They are going to come see me the week before my spring game,” Woods said. “They offered me as three-technique, a defensive end/defensive tackle,” Woods said. “I like Georgia’s 3-4. I feel like it ended up doing well last year with Todd Grantham, the defensive coordinator, working with the hybrid defensive end/outside linebackers. I like it a lot."
As much as the 6-foot-2, 277-pound lineman likes Georgia, the new offer doesn’t vault the Bulldogs to the top of Woods' list.
“Not really, because I am looking at a lot of teams that catch my eye as well,” Woods said. “I am not going to say Georgia has an edge on somebody -- but you know in the back of your mind, you grew up a Georgia fan. I was thinking about making my top eight around late May or early June.”
Of course one of Georgia's 2013 commits is already in his ear, trying to make sure Georgia is at the top of that list.
“Shaq Wiggins is already tweeting about my offer and telling me to come on join the Dream Team,” Woods said.