October 25, 2012

Woodhouse weighs his options

After sitting out the bulk of his Junior season with an injury, Altus (Okla.) running back Diquon Woodhouse is making up for lost time. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound speedster said despite a rough season for the Altus Bulldogs, he has managed to collect around 800 yards on the ground and four college scholarship offers.

He added that if his Bulldogs can dig deep this weekend, they still have a shot at extending their season into the playoffs.

"The season is not going how we planned it," Woodhouse said. "Right now we are 2-6, but we can still go to the playoffs if we can win Friday. We play Ardmore. They are a pretty good team. I think we can be a more physical team. We just have to go out there and go out with an attacking mentality.

"I just feel like this year I run with a mission," Woodhouse said when asked how he improved over a year ago. "I came back stronger, I came back harder. I think my vision is better and my elusivness makes me feel like a more explosive runner."

While the high school season has his attention right now, Woodhouse has made time in his life for college coaches. Currently he holds scholarship offers from Wyoming, New Mexico, the Naval Academy and South Dakota. He said he plans to visit New Mexico on Dec. 7, the Naval Academy in Jan. and has interest in coming to Laramie as well. A trip to Virginia Tech is also not out of the question.

In each case, Woodhouse said the schools who have offered him a scholarship are telling him that he can likely get on the field early.

"(New Mexico) is telling me I can potentially play as a freshman," Woodhouse said. "The Naval Academy told me they are going to put me in the huddle the first day and they are going to make the guy right off. Wyoming talks about the fact they play young guys too. South Dakota said I might be able to go there and start."

Woodhouse said education will be one of the drivers as he makes his college choice. He hopes to major in Sports Medicine or Business, but said he could see himself going to the Naval Academy and trying his hand at engineering. He added academy life isn't something he would shy away from.

"They tell you your freshman year would be the hardest year of your life, but you always have a job, salary is guaranteed, and it is basically like getting paid to play football," Woodhouse said. "It sounds tough, but I like the challenge."

Two in-state schools may also figure into his recruitment. Woodhouse said Tulsa is looking at his film and has discussed the possibility of offering him as a defensive back. The Oklahoma State Cowboys are also in touch.

Last weekend Woodhouse took an unofficial to Stillwater to check out the Oklahoma State Cowboys.

"OSU is talking to me and has been talking to me since last sping," Woodhouse said. "They said even though the season isn't going according to plan, just keep pushing through. Right now it is hard to tell from big schools like (Oklahoma State). They play it slow. They offered guys while I was hurt my junior year. We'll just see how things play out. Right now I am expecting big things from a lot of colleges, but I want to stay focused."

For now, Woodhouse said he has no favorites and will let his recruitment play out through the visit process.

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