Houston Second Baptist quarterback Connor Wood is thought by some to be the best junior signal caller in the Lone Star State and the 6-4, 200-pounder has had significant contact with the Texas coaching staff, specifically with offensive coordinator Greg Davis.
“I have spoken with Coach Davis and we have gone through about the quarterbacks he has had and how they have an offensive philosophy that they fit to what their quarterbacks do best,” Wood said. “It’s a good thing that they play to the quarterback’s strong points. I like the aspect of how they adapt.”
Wood has put up impressive numbers this season for the Eagles, leading his team to a 7-2 record while completing 62 percent of his passes for more than 1,600 yards and 17 touchdowns against just four interceptions. Wood has also used his 4.6 speed to rush for 12 touchdowns this season in the spread offense, a system that Wood says is similar in some ways to what he has seen from the Longhorns this season.
“I’ve seen (Texas’) offense this season and seen some of the plays,” Wood said. “We run the spread, it’s not like Texas Tech but it’s the spread. I see the plays that (the Longhorns) do and some of them look similar to the plays that we run. It’s cool to see another offense (that’s similar) attack another defense.”
Wood has made the trip to Austin for two unofficial visits this season, the first for the Longhorns’ game against Rice in September and then for the Missouri game last month.
“Those were two great wins,” Wood said. “I love going to the games and I have had a great time. I’ve been shown some great hospitality by the coaches and everyone involved when I go.”
Wood also says that the Texas coach staff has been gracious to both he and his family, which is something that could help the Longhorns land the talented passer.
“They have treated me with great hospitality through the process,” Wood said. “The coaches I have talked to — Coach Davis, Coach (Major) Applewhite and Coach (Oscar) Giles — they have made me feel special and that speaks volumes to me and my family.
“Texas has extended (hospitality) to me they’ve been great to me,” Wood continued. “I’ve developed relationships with Coach Davis and with all of the other coaches.”
Wood has already picked up two early offers from BCS conference schools (Duke and Iowa). The five schools recruiting him the hardest (in no particular order) are Arizona, Kansas State, LSU, Oklahoma and Texas.
Wood, however, is not concerned about narrowing his list or establishing a leader until after his junior season is over.
“I’m going to look at all of that after the season,” Wood said. “I want to focus on the season and I don’t want to deal with any type of distractions during the playoffs. When I finish the season, I’ll worry about that other stuff later on.”