Colby Wooden’s recruitment is beginning to materialize, as the talented sophomore defensive end from Lawrenceville (Ga.) Archer is emerging on the radar of college football programs.
Clemson is one school showing early interest in the 6-foot-3, 215-pound Wooden, who was invited to the Tigers’ junior day on March 4 and made his second visit in as many months for the Orange & White spring game on Saturday.
“I really enjoyed my visit,” Wooden told TCI. “It was fun and the game was electric.”
As is customary, the recruits on hand were able to experience the pregame atmosphere from the field.
Wooden cited that as the highlight.
“Being on the field and interacting with the coaches,” he said.
Wooden had the chance to speak with co-defensive backs coaches Mickey Conn and Mike Reed as well as defensive coordinator Brent Venables and co-offensive coordinator Tony Elliott.
He was told that Clemson intends to take a further look at him during the upcoming spring evaluation period.
“They were glad to see me and they won’t start really recruiting me until my junior year,” Wooden said of what he heard from the coaches. “And they’re going to be at my high school in the spring.”
What do they like about Wooden early in the recruiting process?
“I’m a good kid,” he said. “Good GPA.”
Wooden also visited Georgia last Saturday and will travel to LSU for its spring game on April 22.
Mercer tendered Wooden’s first offer on April 1. Georgia, LSU, North Carolina and Ohio State are among the other schools he is attracting attention from.
Wooden has big-time upside with his length, athleticism, quickness off the edge and projectable frame. His skills are still raw and will improve as he learns the finer points of his position.
He feels he brings some intangibles to the table as a player, as well.
“Explosiveness, heart, attitude and a swagger,” Wooden said.
Clemson’s atmosphere and family culture made an impression on him during his latest visit, and he’s hoping to hear more from Clemson moving forward.
“I like the fact that they really stress the importance of family,” he said. “It would be huge for me.”