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Bemidji football star Woods weighs college options

Bemidji High School wide receiver and defensive back Carey Woods Jr. continues to weigh his collegiate scholarship options and the senior said he probably will make his decision within a few weeks.

"I have not made any decision yet," Woods said Tuesday. "Making a decision that will affect the rest of my life is nerve wracking."

Tuesday afternoon Woods learned that he and his Lumberjack teammates Brandon Larson and Cody Rutledge were chosen to the Associated Press' All State second team. Teammates Mitchell Hendricks and James Bofferding were named to the honorable mention squad.

Tuesday's announcement was not a surprise and may prompt more college football officials to knock on Woods' door.

But they better hurry.

"North Dakota State University wants me to decide within a couple of weeks and right now I'm leaning toward NDSU," Woods said.

NDSU first made contact with Woods prior to the football season and, according to Woods, he and the Bison football staff have had a "constant relationship" this fall.

"On Sunday they came to my house and offered a full ride," Woods said.

The BHS senior, who also is a standout on the Jacks basketball team, has also heard from other schools including Bemidji State University, Minnesota State Mankato and the University of Sioux Falls. Minnesota State, Mankato also has offered a full ride.

Officials from the University of North Dakota are making a visit to Woods' home Wednesday and on Friday the MSU-Moorhead football officials are visiting him at the high school.

"NDSU is the front runner right now but I still haven't talked to UND," Woods said. "What I like about NDSU is its history of winning and the coaches seem to be really good guys. I feel that they care about their players and that is why I'm leaning their way.

"But it is exciting to have all of these options," Woods added.

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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