College coaches have no doubt been forced to use different recruiting methods with the restrictions that have been placed on all programs. This is especially true with coaches who are trying to get players interested in their team when they’ve never visited their campus or city.
That is the situation Pitt finds themselves in as they recruit 2021 three-star linebacker Trevor Woods from Katy, Texas. Woods received his first Power Five offer from Randy Bates and Pitt back on Feb. 6 and has stayed in touch with them ever since.
Woods (6-foot-2, 195 pounds) plays safety for Taylor High School but Pitt is recruiting him as a linebacker, which is why most of his communication with Pitt as been with linebackers coach Rob Harley.
“I’ve been able to keep in contact with the Pitt coaches a lot specifically Coach Harley and Coach Bates,” Woods told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “I usually FaceTime with Coach Harley every Wednesday and either him or Coach Bates texts me everyday. Now that they’re able to talk to me whenever, I hear from those two coaches a lot.
“I mostly talk with Coach Harley and he seems like a really cool guy. We have been able to talk about a lot more than just football and what’s currently going on. I feel like I’ve really been able to build a strong relationship with him.”
Woods and his family have never been to Pittsburgh so this communication with the Pitt staff has been very valuable as they attempt to get him familiar and comfortable with the city and the University of Pittsburgh.
“One of the times that I was on FaceTime with Coach Harley, he went on this website that showed me all these places around Pitt, especially of the campus,” Woods said. “It wasn’t a virtual tour but it was something that he was able to go around and show me the campus, inside some buildings and around the football facilities. This is helping us out get familiar with the area as they’ve showed the housing too and where I’d be living at and stuff like that.”
By staying in constant contact with him and his family, the Pitt staff has made Woods feel like a priority and someone they truly want to be a part of their football program.
“It’s very big and important when you feel like a school really wants you,” said Woods. “You wouldn’t want to go to a place where the program isn’t showing you much interest, that’s kind of obvious. Pitt is definitely showing me that they’re interested in me which is really helping things out.”
Although the trend in recruiting lately is that a lot of players are committing to schools, Woods says he still wants to take his time and be sure he makes the proper decision for his future.
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“I’m trying to keep my options open because I plan on and want to go visit places too,” he said. “Most of the places I have offers from are spread out from Texas so I really want to see some places first because I’ve never been there before.”
In addition to Pitt, Woods holds FBS offers from Air Force, Army, Louisiana Tech, Miami University, Navy, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Rice and UTSA.