March 6, 2009

Relationship results in Ole Miss offer for Wood

Lo Wood has known Terry Price for three years, dating back to a trip over to Auburn's football camp during Wood's ninth-grade year.

That relationship, one that has endured through a change in Price's address, resulted in a scholarship offer on Thursday.

That offer, meanwhile, has given the 5-foot-10, 160-pound cornerback from Apopka, Fla., something to think about, as the lure of the Southeastern Conference is strong in the Sunshine State.

Wood was offered by Ole Miss on Thursday when Price, now the Rebels' defensive line coach, informed Wood's father, Lorenzo Wood, that Houston Nutt wanted to make the speedy defensive back part of his program.

"It's great," Lo Wood said Thursday night. "The SEC is, to me, like the best conference around. It's the best conference to play in, so it's great."

Wood, who has offers from Ole Miss, Michigan, Notre Dame, Georgia Tech, Stanford, Central Florida, Florida International, Florida Atlantic and Duke, said he knows very little about the Rebels' program. However, he said he's interested in learning more.

"I'm going to find out soon," Wood said, adding that Price's presence at Ole Miss can only help the Rebels. "We've gotten to know each other pretty good. I went to the Auburn camp in the ninth grade and ever since then, we've talked. He's a cool person to be around. He's always telling jokes and laughing and stuff."

Wood said his very early leader is Michigan.

"Right now, they've got great people and it's a great opportunity for me to play early," Wood said. "I'm going to be looking for a place where I can be comfortable and where I like the people, and I want to go in to a place where I can play as a freshman."

Conference affiliation could work in Ole Miss' favor. Wood said the strength of the SEC "will be a big factor," adding that SEC members Georgia, Florida and South Carolina are showing heavy interest with 11 months to go before National Signing Day.
Wood, who runs a 4.58-second 40-yard dash, is on pace to easily meet NCAA initial-eligibility requirements. He said he hasn't lined up any camp visits for the summer yet.

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