The more football camps Taylor Woods attends, the better his chances are of landing more Division I scholarship offers.
Woods shined at a recent camp at Ohio State. Havelock’s rising senior running back and linebacker caught the eye of several Division I coaches. Kent State offered him a scholarship on the spot, and Miami (Ohio) University showed interest.
"It makes me feel good," said Woods. "I’m glad they are giving me an opportunity to play at a Division I school."
Woods now has three scholarship offers — from Kent State, Elon and The Citadel.
Woods, along with Havelock teammates Derrell Scott and Michael Bowman, toured the campus of Ohio State, while also showcasing their skills to recruiters from throughout the region.
"It gave me exposure and a chance to show my skills," said Woods. "There were a lot of colleges there. It makes you nervous, but you just have to get through it."
Woods said he went through position drills, then had to take on linebackers in run-blocking drills. He didn’t even think about receiving any offers at the time.
"I went hard every play and tried not to pay any attention to it," he said. "If I act like I don’t have any offers, it makes me go harder."
Once he was finished working out, a Kent State coach approached Woods.
"He said he liked what I was doing and he liked my footwork," Woods said. "He told me to keep doing good things. They offered me on the spot."
Woods said the best part of the trip was checking out the facilities at Ohio State, and getting to talk with Buckeyes’ quarterback Braxton Miller.
"(The campus) was huge," he said. "They had nice facilities. We got to see their hall of fame and see Archie Griffin’s Heisman Trophy."
Woods will visit UNC-Charlotte for its camp on July 17.
Woods ran for 757 yards and 10 touchdowns, while hauling in 15 receptions for 141 yards to help the Rams win their second straight 3A state championship in December.
Defensively, Woods had 34 tackles and also recovered a fumble.
Woods, and Scott, will be the primary cogs in Havelock’s backfield, as the Rams attempt to claim a third-consecutive title in the fall.
"This is my last year, so I am trying to go hard every play and try to get more offers," Woods said.