O-D Bowl: Jay Woods

Defensive tackle Jay Woods

Jackson (Ga.) defensive tackle Jay Woods, who is in Houston for this week's Offense-Defense Bowl, discusses the experience, his Vanderbilt commitment, and more...

Jackson (Ga.) defensive tackle Jay Woods is in Houston for this week's Offense-Defense Bowl, where he is playing for the American Team.

"It's a great experience. You get the chance to play with people your own caliber. I'm loving every minute of it; it's just great to be playing with guys from California, from Florida. It's very diverse and you get to meet a lot of people who are your size," he said.

For Woods, the opportunity to play alongside some of the country's top talent has been one of the highlights of the week.

"It's great competition, gives me something to look forward to for the next level. You have to keep pushing yourself out there. One thing I already learned is about staying low. I'm used to going against smaller guys and now I get the chance to work on that," he said.

The 6-foot-3, 280-pound lineman, who lists his get offs and pad level as his greatest strengths as an athlete, is one of three Vanderbilt commits playing in the game.

"It's great. We've spent a little bit of time together before, but we've already got a great bond. We know each other and are starting to become a family. Me, Carlos Burse, and Mack Weaver are kind of like brothers," he said.

Woods committed to the Dores before the season and was even more confident with his decision after watching Vanderbilt's success over the past few months.

"It's great. It strengthened my commitment even more. It was between Vanderbilt, Georgia, Missouri, Clemson, and Kentucky. I felt something special when I was at Vanderbilt. Coach [James] Franklin told me they were turning the program around and after the season they had, I was 100% with Vandy," he said.

He's had the opportunity to talk with the coaches about how they plan on incorporating him into Vanderbilt's defense.

"Two of their senior defensive tackles are leaving. When I last spoke with Coach [Sean] Spencer, my defensive line coach, he told me that if I can come in and work hard, I could play my freshman year. It's definitely one of my goals. I want to come in and help out as much as I can," he said.

A number of SEC commits are playing in this week's game and Woods has enjoyed the rivalry.

"That's football. You have competition and there's smack talk but just wait until next year," he said with a laugh.

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