The South end zone of Ben Hill Griffin was packed full of recruits on Saturday as the Florida Gators fell to Florida State 37-7.
One of those prospects sitting comfortably in the end zone was 2016 defensive end Jordan Woods (6-3, 258, Ocala, FL Trinity Catholic) who has already racked in an impressive offer list that includes Florida.
“I liked the visit a lot,” Woods said. “The atmosphere was really good for game day and it was a true rivalry game. This was my first time every seeing Florida play Florida State so it was nice to see that. The crowd was really loud during the game and even though they lost they were still cheering hard.”
Even though Woods is just a sophomore in high school he still had one-on-one time with Florida’s defensive coordinator on game day.
“I got to talk to the defensive coordinator coach (D.J) Durkin before the game,” Woods said. “He was telling me that he wanted to get me to Florida and that if I choose Florida it will be a good choice for me. He was telling me that he wants me to play the defensive end position and also stand up some like they do with Dante Fowler at the BUCK position.”
Saturday did not go the way Florida had hoped on the scoreboard but according to Woods he saw enough of the Gators defense to impress him.
“I think Florida’s defense fits me really well because they play smash mouth football,” Woods said. “During the game they were going up against Winston who is one of the best quarterbacks in the nation and they were pressuring him and stopping him. Florida’s defense is really good at getting three and outs and that’s what I’m all about too.”
Woods is one of the top players in the 2016 class and with that comes college asking you to visit their schools and that is exactly what one SEC East school is doing.
“So far this fall I have visited Florida and Florida State,” Woods said. “I’ve tried to get up to South Carolina several times because they keep inviting me up but I just haven’t been able to make it up. I plan to visit Florida a lot more the next two years.”