NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Though Sunday’s IFM Playmaker’s Academy 7on7 tryout in Franklin, Tenn. was a showcase primarily for skill players, there were a handful of big-bodied athletes on hand to compete as well. One of those athletes was Lebanon (Tenn.) Friendship Christian offensive guard Andrew Wood.
Andrew Wood will be attending a junior day on Saturday.
Wood showed off remarkable feet and movement skills for a thick interior lineman and his quickness in drills was a great illustration of why he’s become a popular recruit. To date, Wood has been given offers from Duke, Vanderbilt, Navy, Syracuse, Virginia, Mississippi State and Memphis.
“I liked the atmospheres at Vanderbilt and Duke,” Wood said of his early standouts. “Both are good places. Nothing really stands out as far as a game changer though.”
Though he plays offensive tackle for his high school program, Wood is being recruited primarily at guard. He noted that academics are specifically a point of interest during his decision making process.
“I’m looking for a school with hopefully a good engineering program,” he said. “I’m weighing my options and definitely looking into engineering.”
Among the programs he hasn’t yet received an offer from, Wood said that Ole Miss could be close.
“I talk to one of their coaches (Maurice Harris) about once a week,” he said.
Wood hopes to visit Ole Miss this spring but he knows he’ll be attending a junior day at Duke next weekend (Feb. 15).
“I like the coaches up there,” he said of Duke. “They have good integrity and character and being up there is a good place.”
Wood is currently ranked by 247Sports Composite as the No. 26 player in the state of Tennessee.