In-state DE Colby Wooden dishes on special sauce — and Georgia
Want to attack every day with the latest Georgia football recruiting info? That’s what the Intel will bring at least five days a week. The play sheet today calls for an introduction to Gwinnett County standout Colby Wooden. The 3-star defensive end from Archer High has always thought highly of Georgia.
LAWRENCEVILLE — Archer High School coach Andy Dyer whipped a visitor around in his ATV (Archer Terrain Vehicle) on a beautiful Thursday afternoon.
The circuit went from fieldhouse to field to track. That’s where his skill guys were working.
“Want to see something?” Dyer said. “I’m going to show you something. … This is our special sauce.”
His Tigers finished with a 12-1 record in 2017. They fell to eventual state finalist Colquitt County by a 12-7 margin in Week 13.
Colby Wooden, his 3-star defensive end, knows about that sauce.
“Hard work is our special sauce,” Wooden said. “We are all about hard work at Archer High School. That is our secret ingredient.”
Wooden was one of many Tigers pushing a prowler — a weight-bearing sled — along a 20-yard circuit in an upper parking lot. Dyer knows a way to make a man in decent condition donate their lunch to that pavement in four prowler minutes.
He said that while a few Tigers offered up their lunches near the pine trees.
Nobody was powering the prowler and its four 45-pound plates better than Wooden. He moved it easily and then kept a keen eye toward encouraging his teammates.
“This just brings out the best out of all of us,” Wooden said. “I love seeing it. Everyone grinds together and builds for the next season.”
The 6-foot-4, 235-pound prospect has started for Archer since the first game of his sophomore year. Wooden ranks as the nation’s No. 28 strongside defensive end for 2019 on the 247Sports composite standard.
He has been a frequent unofficial visitor to Sanford Stadium the last two seasons. When he was asked to name a player he plays like, he supplied a very red-and-black answer.
“Lorenzo Carter,” said Wooden, while making sure to slap the hand of teammate Jalyn Phillips as he delivered that answer.
Colby Wooden has a 5-pack of schools he likes
Wooden plays football to provide for an education, but he would still play if it offered no free rides to a diploma.
“I just love the brotherhood and the bonds that go with it,” he said. “I just love football.”
Wooden plays with a pair of the state’s top secondary prospects. That’s Phillips, a 4-star safety, and 4-star cornerback Andrew Booth. Booth and Wooden are going to see Clemson’s spring game on an unofficial this weekend.
Phillips, a name to watch for a potential Georgia offer, will take an official to Oklahoma this weekend.
Wooden already knows that he will be in Athens on April 21 for G-Day. If all of his best traits on the field were isolated, his pass-rush ability would stand out the most.
He does not plan to enroll early, nor does he have a specific timeline. Which schools are definitely in it?
“Clemson, Auburn, UGA, Florida and Florida State are definitely in the mix,” Wooden said.
He isn’t sure when he will take his official visits. Auburn, Clemson and UGA have been his most frequent visits.
“I’m looking for a school that gives me a chance to come in and compete and to also receive a good education,” he said. “I’m looking for a place that feels like home.”
Wooden also said that Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State and UGA recruit him the hardest right now.
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Wooden sees a bright future ahead for the Bulldogs.
“I feel like they are going to be competing for championships all over the next four or five years,” Wooden said.
He likes the family atmosphere in Athens and also mentioned his ties to coach Kirby Smart and new linebackers coach Dan Lanning.
“That’s as well as Coach [Mel] Tucker,” Wooden said. “I can’t forget Coach Tucker. That’s my guy. He’s a fun guy to be around and joke around with and then talk to about the Xs and Os of football.”
He said Tucker appreciates his mental acumen. Georgia’s defensive coordinator told Wooden he appreciated how he works in the classroom. It will translate to a quick assimilation of a college playbook.
The nation’s No. 383 overall prospect for 2019 aims to major in computer science. He holds a 3.4 GPA in the classroom.
Top-2 OL Harry Miller enjoys Stanford visit
I’ve got two quick points about 4-star offensive lineman Harry Miller. Miller, as we wrote about last week in DawgNation, would be the ideal recruit for any program.
Miller took an unofficial visit to Stanford last weekend. It clearly looks like it went well. It doesn’t take much imagination to picture Palo Alto as an ideal landing spot for the current valedictorian of the 2019 class at Buford.
— Harry Miller (@harrymiller76) April 9, 2018
One more thing to really like about Harry Miller
I try to learn how the top recruits in the Southeast think. That’s the job. I will ask a lot of times about their approach to prospect camps.
Some elite guys don’t need them. What’s the tradeoff there? It is not like they can get offered a second scholarship from an Alabama, a Clemson, a Georgia or an Ohio State.
The drills at the camps are often quite different from what they are used to in their typical football practice settings.
Miller might have supplied one of the more interesting answers to the following questions: Do you ever wonder about messing up at The Opening? Can it hurt your stock?
“To think like if I had gone to the camp and did absolutely terrible that could really ruin my image,” Miller said.
Those doubts did not linger in his 34-ACT brain.
“I just looked at it as another chance to thrive under pressure,” Miller said. “I said to myself ‘Well, I’m here now and I’m lined up across from this guy. He looks pretty good. If I don’t screw up, then I don’t look bad. So I guess I just have to not screw up. So let’s get it done then’ and that’s just what I set out to do.”
He did just that. The nation’s No. 2 center was named the offensive line MVP at The Opening Atlanta regional.
It is no wonder that Miller’s favorite part of playing football is the offseason. That’s when players invest in themselves and their teams via very hard work. Those seeds are sown during the fall.
Miller’s a secret sauce guy, too.
“That’s what I really love about football,” Miller said. “Some things have to be done. If you have to do it, just get it done for your part of the play for the team. I love this part of the year where everyone puts in the work that will make themselves and their team better in the season to come.”
Jonas Hayes + Elias King? An interesting offer pops up
Jonas Hayes didn’t stay with UGA basketball and Tom Crean. That was a news item from earlier in the week. Hayes took a seat on the bench as an assistant on the Xavier staff.
The week also saw 5-star in-state prospects Ashton Hagans (2019) and E.J. Montgomery (2018) commit to Kentucky. Hagans was once committed to play for former coach Mark Fox at Georgia.
There has been another ripple of interest from Hayes’ decision. Elias King, a 4-star junior prospect from Snellville, rates as the nation’s No. 55 overall prospect in the Class of 2019.
He was also committed to play for Fox and Hayes at Georgia. Was. That should be enough context to digest the following tweet.
Blessed to receive an offer from Xavier university ✊🏽💯🙌🏼 pic.twitter.com/PkLk26hLRs
— Elias king (@Eliasking15) April 12, 2018
Xavier. Coincidence? There are no coincidences when it comes to relationships in college recruiting.
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