Omaha Central offensive lineman Deshawn Woods has a top five. The 6-foot-5, 290-pound junior chose Miami, Texas A&M, Arizona State, Missouri and Florida to top the list of his more than double-digit FBS offers.
Woods is the top rated in-state prospect according to the 247Sports composite, a ranking which combines 247Sports, ESPN and Rivals national rankings. Nationally, the four-star prospect is rated as the No. 3 offensive guard and No. 101 overall.
Woods and his best friend, Omaha Burke linebacker Devon Jackson announced their top five at the same time. Both had Miami, A&M and Arizona State in their top five.
Jackson’s father, Robert has a connection to Miami, that is one of the reasons why the Hurricanes made the cut for the highly regarded prospects.
“I trust them and they have been loyal to me,” Woods said. “The offensive line coach (Garin Justice) coached with Devon’s dad and when he trusts them I trust them. They are going to lose six lineman next year so the early playing time is there.”
Woods has developed a strong relationship with Aggie offensive line coach Josh Henson and family ties in Texas are also a consideration.
“When I talked to the coach the first time there was something there,” Woods said of A&M. “I have family in Texas. It was a great connection between me and coach Henson right away.”
Arizona State’s NFL pedigree and location are two draws for Woods.
“I like the weather first of all,” he said. “The culture they are trying to build is great and I like the opportunities I would have in the Pac 12. They have coaches with NFL experience so what’s not to like.”
It is more of a personal connection with Woods and the Missouri staff.
“I can’t say anything bad about Missouri,” he said. “They have been a big help with things off the field like grades and they are taking the extra steps to help me get what I need to get done so I can play in college.”
Florida’s winning tradition and culture are a big reason why Woods has the Gators in his top five.
“They have a great program,” he said of Florida. “They have won a lot and the program is trending in the right direction.”
Woods said he doesn’t have a specific date of when he will make a commitment. He is hoping to be able to take some visits later this summer if the NCAA suspension of in-person recruiting gets lifted.