Rowlett Defensive End Takes In A&M Junior Day

Rowlett Defensive End Takes In A&M Junior Day

With just a week left before the Class of 2010 signs on the dotted line, attention is starting to focus on the high school juniors that will make up the 2011 class. The Texas A&M coaching staff hosted a small group of prospects last weekend for a junior day event. Among the list of attendees was highly-touted defensive end Zach Wood from Rowlett (TX).

With just a week left before the Class of 2010 signs on the dotted line, attention is starting to focus on the high school juniors that will make up the 2011 class. The Texas A&M coaching staff hosted a small group of prospects last weekend for a junior day event. Among the list of attendees was highly-touted defensive end Zach Wood from Rowlett (TX).

Ironically, the Aggies are on the verge of signing Rowlett's senior defensive end Damontre Moore who has been committed to Texas A&M since last April. His recruitment also provided an opportunity for the staff to see Wood on the other side of the line, and they liked what they saw.

"Texas A&M has been recruiting me since the fall," Wood said. "They invited me to some games this fall and I made it down for a couple. It's a fun place. The fans are crazy and hyped up." The 6-foot-4, 245-pound defensive end traveled down for a third visit for the recent junior day event where prospects have the opportunity to get an early look at the program and sit down with the coaching staff. That was especially relevant for Wood and defensive prospects since the Aggies just hired new defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter from Air Force.

"It was good to get to meet Coach DeRuyter. I think he's a good coach," Wood said. "He's going to run a 3-4 defense with multiple formations. He said he wanted to recruit me as a hybrid defensive end- linebacker. I liked it."

As a junior, Wood accumulated 99 tackles, eight sacks, and an incredible 32 tackles for loss. He credits his success on the field to his ability to read and identify what the offense is doing.

"My strength is my awareness of the game," Wood said. "I can read blocks and react to what is happening on the field. It allows me to play much quicker."

But the Metroplex product realizes that he must continue to improve and get better if he hopes to be successful on the next level. He's using this offseason to work with a personal trainer to improve his explosion (power and speed off the ball).

"I definitely need to get stronger and faster," Wood said. "I'm working out with my team at the school, but I'm also working out four days a week with a trainer to improve on my explosion and quickness."

Wood's accomplishments and athletic ability has attracted the early attention from many schools. He has received mail and heavy interest from some of the top programs in the nation including Texas A&M, Texas, Oklahoma, TCU. Alabama, Nebraska, and Boise State to name a few. While he's clear to say that he's open to many schools, there are three that stand out early in the process.

"I'm open to any school, but I'd have to say that Texas A&M, Texas, and Oklahoma are three schools that I have a strong interest in right now," Wood said. "My dad is from Oklahoma and I watched the Sooners on television. A&M and Texas are the top schools in my home state."

While Wood doesn't yet hold any written scholarship offers, he mentioned that he'd like to make an early decision so he can focus on his senior season. At this point, he doesn't have plans for attending future junior day events this spring, but he hopes to visit other campuses later in the spring.

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