March 10, 2012

Marshall offers yet another Florida blue chipper

The scholarship offers continue to come for Class of 2013 prospect Lorenzo Woodley, a 6-foot, 210-pound running back from Columbus High School in Miami, Florida.

His 10th came from Marshall, which joined Cincinnati, Florida International, Florida State, Indiana, Purdue, Rutgers, South Florida, Tennessee and West Virginia in the recruiting competition for the Sunshine State prospect.

Auburn, Florida, Miami, Michigan State, Notre Dame and Wisconsin also are interested in him.

His lead recruiter for the Thundering Herd is recruiting coordinator and running backs coach JaJuan Seider.

"Coach Seider said he watched my film and liked what he saw," Woodley said. "We have only spoken once. I look forward to talking to him more."

Woodley is well aware of the success Seider and Marshall has had signing players from Florida in general and Miami in particular.

Case in point: Rakeem Cato, Jermaine Kelson, Amos Leggett, Tommy Shuler, Phillip Warren and Corie Wilson.

"I know they have been picking up a lot of players from Miami," Woodley said, "so they must have something good to offer."

Woodley watched three Marshall games on television last season: its 34-13 weather-shortened loss to West Virginia, its 17-13 road win against Louisville and its 20-10 bowl win against Florida International.

"They are a very competitive team," he said.
"They beat Louisville and FIU. They lost to West Virginia, but the delay took away some of their energy and momentum. I got a good idea about Marshall (from watching those games)."

Woodley does not have a frontrunner at the moment. He has no timetable for his decision.

"It's a little too early to name my favorite school," he said. "I'm just enjoying the recruiting process right now. I'm going to take my visits and see what everybody has to offer so when I make my decision, I know it will be the right decision for me.

"I'm going to look at how many players they get in the pros. I'm going to look at their depth chart and see how early I can get to play. I'm going to look at the type of offense they run and how many times they run the ball each game. Nobody wants to sit the bench, everybody wants to get the ball, and everybody wants to get to the next level."

While talking to Herd Nation, Woodley read about all of the players Marshall has sent to the National Football League.

"Randy Moss, Troy Brown, Chris Hanson, Chad Pennington, Byron Leftwich, John Wade, Chris Crocker, Ahmad Bradshaw," he said. "I didn't even know Bradshaw went to Marshall."

Asked if he was surprised, Woodley said: "Yes, it does. Marshall is not a top-rated school like Florida or Florida State. It shocks me, but it is good to know."

Woodley plans to attend college camps in Florida and along the Gulf Coast, including Alabama, Florida, Florida State and Miami, during the summer.

"I have to go to the ones that I can afford to get to," he said.

Woodley called himself a "complete package" at running back.

"I feel I can do the things a smaller running back can do and the things a bigger running back can do," said Woodley, whose favorite hobby is playing video games. "That is what colleges like in me. I just need to work on getting quicker and getting my pad level lower."

Asked to describe himself on and off the field, Woodley said: "On the field, I'm just focused. I'm in my own zone. Off the field, I'm the same way. I'm quiet. I don't say too much."

Woodley said he does not know his time in the 40-yard dash.

"I haven't even been to a combine," he said.
Woodley hang cleans 215 pounds, bench presses 305 pounds and squats 430 pounds.

According to Woodley he has the necessary grade point average. He has not taken the ACT or SAT, but he will take the latter in May. He does not know what he wants to study in college.

Jacob Messer is the managing editor for He can be reached by e-mail at [email protected] All comments and feedback are welcome.

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