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Wood-Anderson hooked late by Horns




EastCountySports.com staff report


EL CAJON —Former Steele Canyon quarterback DOMINICK WOOD-ANDERSON may have surprised friends and experts alike when he chose to accept a scholarship offer to play his collegiate football at the University of Texas, after the 6-foot-5, 250-pound tight end officially declared his intentions on Tuesday.


Many analysts had either Alabama, Oregon or Louisville as the possible school of choice for the former Cougar now playing at Arizona Western in Yuma.

But Texas came in strong late and ended up as the favorite after rumors persisted that Wood-Anderson was going to choose the Longhorns, who have a new coach this season in former Ohio State offensive coordinator and University of Houston coach Tom Herman.

Wood-Anderson will enroll in 2018.

Oregon was said to have dropped off in the pursuit of Wood-Anderson during the summer. Texas made a power play in June when it hosted him for an official visit.

UT, which was pegged as an afterthought in his recruitment, made a surge after the trip to Austin. While Wood-Anderson’s interest appeared to fade, Herman and his staff continued to make a relentless push. And it paid off in a big way.

Wood-Anderson fills a major need for Texas and should make an immediate impact. He will have two years of eligibility remaining.

20 schools ended up making formal offers to the nation’s top JC tight end prospect.

Other schools in contention reportedly included Texas Christian, Tennessee, Auburn, LSU, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Iowa State, Arizona State, Utah, Central Florida, East Carolina and Kansas.

Wood-Anderson was a multi-purpose athlete with the Cougars before he transferred to Mater Dei Catholic for his senior year of high school.

Wood-Anderson caught 14 passes for 208 yards and two touchdowns for Arizona Western during his freshman campaign.

The Matadors, who were ranked No. 1 in the nation for two weeks early in the season, lost the NJCAA National Championship game at the El Toro Bowl in December.

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