Omaha Central offensive lineman Deshawn Woods has three official visits planned in June.
The 6-foot-5, 290-pound junior is hoping the NCAA’s suspension of in-person recruiting will be lifted later this spring which will allow him to take official visits to Arizona State June 4-6, Tennessee June 18-20 and Missouri June 25-27.
On Feb. 17 the DI Football, Men’s and Women’s Basketball Oversight Committees and Division I Legislative committee recommended the extension of the suspension through May 31.
In late February, Woods trimmed his list of more than double-digit FBS offers to five; Miami, Texas A&M, Arizona State, Missouri and Florida.
Although Tennessee didn’t make the cut of his top five the Volunteers new coaching staff led by Josh Heupel has continued to recruit Woods.
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. 111 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.
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.”
Woods said he doesn’t have a specific date of when he will make a commitment but it will likely be sometime in July.