New constellations for star football players

By William Dudley

Ryan Woods (Photo: Andy Wilhelm)

GROSSMONT COLLEGE–  Quarterback Ryan Woods and defensive tackle Henry Simon are among a group of players from the 2010 Grossmont football team who have received and accepted offers to continue their football playing at four-year institutions.

Ryan Woods will be going to San Jose State University as soon as he finishes classwork at Grossmont in June. Simon is headed to Iowa State in the summer.

Woods, the Grossmont offensive MVP and second-team  all-conference, had received multiple offers from Division 2 and Division 1-AA schools, but had his heart set on playing for a Division 1 football program.

At San Jose State of the Western Athletic Conference, Woods would get a chance to play the likes of Stanford, UCLA, BYU, as well as conference opponents including Nevada, Fresno State, and Hawaii.

Another factor in his decision was that San Jose was an hour and a half way from his hometown of Sacramento, making it much easier for his family to come see him play.

Woods still has a red shirt year available, which might be used this year because SJSU has a returning senior quarterback.

Simon’s impending move to Iowa State of the Big Eight conference stems from connections developed from his year at San Diego State University prior to coming to Grossmont. The defensive coordinator at SDSU had moved to Iowa State and had retained his interest in Simon.

Simon expressed little concern about Iowa winters. “I like the cold,” he said, especially compared to hot California weather.

Both Woods and Simon were on the Grossmont football field Thursday, May 12. They continue to participate in workouts with Grossmont football coaches and players in order to keep in shape.

Other players who have accepted football offers include

Crieg Cofer–Hawaii

Alex McCleland–University of California-Davis

Josh Spence–Virginia Union

Ivan May–Stoney Brook University

Tramaine Wilkes–Harding University

Caleb Farrell–Harding University

Josh Udeh–Alabama A&M

Shane Pinson–Benedictine University

Jake Podpora–Chowan University at North Carolina

In addition, Kevin Woods has received an offer to play for Arkansas, while linebacker and first-team all conference linebacker Pat Kelly has received offers from several different schools, but both have yet to make their final decisions.

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Dudley is editor in chief of the GC Summit.  He may be contacted at williamd@gcsummit.com

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