January 15, 2008

Woods ready for Big Ten

This summer Anthony Woods of Melvindale High School camped at Michigan State. While up there he was one of the top-performing linemen of the summer. His strong showing in position drills and one-on-ones earned him a scholarship from head Coach Mark Dantonio and the staff. Not long afterwards, Wood pulled the trigger to become a member of the Green and White.

"I am looking forward to getting up there. I have been working out. I am around 305-pound snow. My max bench press is around 385 and my squat is 575."

Those are impressive numbers, but not surprising, as Woods in know for being an extremely powerful individual

Woods indicated that he keeps sin contact with the Michigan state staff on a regular basis and that there is actually a little bit of discussion about where he will play.

"I speak with Coach )Dan) Enos and Coach (Dan) Roushar he said. The defensive line coach (Ted Gill) has said he wants to steal me away to pay for him, but I don't think Coach Roushar likes that idea.

With the Spartans set to graduate 4 senior offensive linemen and bringing in a small class last year, you can be sure that Woods will get a long look on the offensive line. It is not out of the question that one of the incoming OL recruits makes his way into the two-deeps and plays extensively next fall.

Woods had a strong senior season this fall for Melvindale High School. He helped his new tam make it deep into the playoffs. Woods was one of several former Detroit McKenzie players that had to switch high schools.

Woods was a teammate of current Spartan recruiting target Nick Perry. We asked him if knows Perry ell.

"Oh yes. We grew up playing pee-wee football together. I spoke with him a few days ago. He is a great player."

In addition to his strong showing at the Michigan State camp, Woods also excelled tat the NIKE Camp/Combine held last spring in Cleveland. At that even he was named on of the top performing offensive lineman there.

One of the interesting aspects of Woods development is how he has improved over the years. If you look at his Nike Camp numbers he went from being 6-foot-3, 281 pounds to 6-foot-4, 309 pound between 2005 and 2007. Despite getting bigger, Woods cut his shuttle time from a 5.56 to a 5.12. He upped his bench reps from 13 to 21 and he increased his vertical jump from 20 inches to 23 inches.

When Woods arrives in East Lansing this summer and starts the rigorous Spartan workout program under Strength and Condition Coach Ken Mannie, don't be surprised if he really make significant gains is strength and agility. With Woods, he is only scratching the surface of what he could become.

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