July 12, 2010

CSU hopes for visit from Wood

Rowlett (Tex.) defensive tackle Zach Wood is preparing for a summer's worth of college visits in hopes of coming to a decision on his future destination in both the classroom and the gridiron.

The 6-foot-4, 255-pound Wood collected 99 tackles - 32 for loss - and eight sacks from a year ago for Rowlett High school. He holds scholarship offers from Colorado State, Virginia, Minnesota, North Texas, SMU, Houston, Louisiana Tech, Army, Memphis and is talking routinely with Texas Christian.

"I hustle. I do things right," Wood said when asked what he does well on the football field. "I've been playing nose tackle and defensive tackle all my life. You get to be physical and get to hit people every play and I like hitting people."

Wood's summer will include a trip to Washington, DC, which he will use as a base for visits to Virginia and the US Military Academy. Wood said it is his goal to work as part of a police SWAT team, making the Army seem like a good starting point for that career. At the end of the month he plans on visiting Houston and, he hopes, Colorado State before making his decision at the end of summer.

"I want to see a bit of everything, how the campus is, how the coaches act and how the team works out together," Wood said. "The college I want to go to has a campus and town that is laid back and fun. I want a town I can do a bunch of different things in. I want my coaches to feel like my dad and brothers are like family."

Wood said he has no favorites for his services at this point. The Colorado State Rams brought in Jefferson (Tex.) native Trevor Murphy with the recruiting Class of 2010 and are hoping to get another defensive tackle out of the Lone Star State this year. CSU cornerbacks coach Tim Duffie is heading up the recruitment of Wood.

"I was looking at them on their Web site - Coach Fair - and I like the campus," Wood said. "I looked at the football stuff and I am interested."

In the weightroom, Wood claims a 4.9 time in the 40-yard dash, a 325-pound bench press and a 435 squat. Academically, Wood has a 3.0 grade-point average as well as a 1250 score on his SAT.

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