Omaha Central offensive tackle Deshawn Woods was noticeably missing Friday and Saturday from the Omaha Lockerroom Camp. The reason: an official visit to Arizona State.
The trip to Tempe, Ariz., was the first of three scheduled official visits this month. In Tempe the senior-to-be measured in at 6-foot-5 and 285 pounds with a wingspan of 82 inches and a 10.5-inch hand size.
“The coaches and how they treated me stood out,” Woods said of ASU. “The players were great. They treated me like family. I was tempted to commit but I am a man of my word so I am committing in July.”
Next up for Woods is an official visit to Tennessee June 18-20 followed by an official visit to Missouri (June 25-27).
The family feeling at ASU is what impressed Woods the most.
“Tempe is really cool, I really enjoyed my time there,” he said. “It was hot, but how all the coaches treated everyone was great. We are family to them already and we’re not committed yet.”
Seeing the school’s facilities are normally the top priority for college programs on visits, but the little things stood out to Woods.
“The facilities are great. They are rebuilding a lot of them,” Woods said of ASU. “They just did little things to make me feel special. My little brother likes baseball and they knew that so they had us stop by the baseball field.”
Woods also liked the no-pressure mentality and the pedigree of the Sun Devils’ staff.
“They didn’t force anything on us,” he said. “They are building something special and I liked how they are setting up kids for their future and potentially the NFL.”
Woods announced a top five of Miami, Texas A&M, Arizona State, Missouri and Florida on February 20. He’s now seemed to trim that list even further.
“I would say my top two are Arizona State and Missouri right now,” he said.