Dean Legge: I am just calling to catch up with you. It’s been a while since we’ve talked. Can you update me on how you are doing?
Brandon Wood: I am about to finish up school. I graduate on May 19.
Legge: A lot of people are asking about that. How close are you to qualifying – do you know?
Wood: I made the same score on the test. Now I have to make an “A” in psychology, which I already have…
Legge: Wait now – say that again…
Wood: I made the same score on the ACT, so now I have to make an “A” in psychology, which I already have. I just have to keep it up.
Legge: And all of that will be over with in May, correct?
Legge: Assuming that you get the “A” – you and I are both assuming that – which, by the way if you get that “A” congrats because I know since you and I have known each other it’s been a struggle for you to maintain your grades and get them up, don’t you think?
Legge: What will you do after you graduate? Will you immediately go to Athens, or what?
Wood: In June – yes.
Legge: What are you looking forward to the most about getting up there?
Wood: To be on the team – to be a Bulldog.
Legge: You see their defensive ends – what do you think about those two guys?
Wood: They are pretty good because they are division one players. I think Quentin Moses and Charles Johnson – they are the best. I think that I can come up there and practice hard and play hard, and that I can get into the rotation with them.
Legge: Are you the same size – have you lost weight or gained any?
Wood: I have gained a little weight. I am about at 260.
Legge: What where you at the end of your senior season?
Wood: About 245.
Legge: So you have managed to gain 15 pounds – how did you do that?
Wood: Working out.
Wood: Yes, before I had to stop for my surgery…
Legge: What’s going on there?
Wood: I had a pinched nerve that would not fix itself.
Legge: How long ago was the surgery?
Wood: About a month ago. I go for my last check up Friday.
Legge: Was that the first time you have had surgery?
Legge: Make you nervous?
Wood: Uhhh… A little bit.
Legge: How much does that affect your workout?
Wood: Now it affects it a lot because I have to work out my legs. My legs are what I work with the most in football anyway, so I have been working out my legs. My legs are still strong. I can leg press still, but I have to work back up on my press bench.
Legge: I know that you have been in Buchanan your whole life – what are you going to miss the most?
Wood: I hang out with my friends all the time – that’s about it.
Legge: Is it going to be tough driving away from there the last time?
Wood: It won’t be too bad.
Legge: Have you talked with your mother about it?
Wood: Now she is upset about it. She gets all sad because I’m her youngest son.
Legge: So do you talk with Coach Fabris up there, or who are you talking to these days?
Wood: I talk with Coach Fab sometimes, but I talk with Coach Bobo the most.
Legge: Do you hear about some of the guys they are recruiting these days?
Wood: Not anymore, but I have heard about them.
Legge: Who are you looking forward to seeing the most as far as your teammates that are in this class are concerned? Is there a guy you are looking forward to competing with a lot?
Wood: Stafford. I like him.
Legge: Have you met Matthew?
Wood: Yeah, I met him.
Legge: Have you seen him throw?
Wood: Yeah. He can throw.
Legge: He’s got an arm doesn’t he?
Wood: Yeah – he does… I can’t wait…
Legge: I saw him that first time, and I couldn’t believe it – well, I could believe it, obviously, but it just is like a rifle coming off his arm…
Wood: It’s crazy (laughing)…
Legge: Have you seen anything like that?
Wood: No I haven’t….
Legge: I know people are saying that he’s going to have to earn it, and that’s true, but I think at the same time there is not denying his natural ability to throw that ball. Does it make you want to play fullback at all?
Wood: No. Just defense.
Legge: So Bobo keeps you up to date as far keeping in touch with you. I know they have had a lot of recruiting stuff lately – how often do they talk with you?
Wood: I haven’t talked with them in couple of weeks. I heard that someone else committed.
Legge: You know one of the commitments for 2007 committed last October. He had you beat by five months. What do you think about that?
Legge: That’s like 16 or 17 months before he would sign; he committed to Georgia.
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