Tuscola's Woodard in no rush for signing day

Tuscola's Woodard in no rush for signing day

TUSCOLA — Hunter Woodard knows his day to sign a letter of intent is quickly approaching.

But all the pomp and circumstance the Tuscola offensive lineman will take part in next month once he signs with Oklahoma State can wait.

The 6-foot-5, 285-pound senior is honed in on helping the Warriors keep their perfect season intact during the rest of November.

"I want to focus on Carrollton," Woodard said of Tuscola's Class 1A state-quarterfinal opponent. "I don't want to have my mind on anything else right now."

Woodard is a key reason why the Warriors (11-0) are only one win away from reaching the state semifinals for the first time since 2014 when they host the Hawks (10-1) at 2 p.m. on Saturday. He starts on both the offensive and defensive line, helping Tuscola rack up 514 points this season while only giving up 141.

Woodard said he speaks with Oklahoma State offensive line coach Josh Henson every Thursday night. Woodard has an official visit planned for the first wekeend in December.

"Lately, we've been talking about the official visit and planning it out," Woodard said.

Woodard plans to take advantage of the new early-signing period in college football next month.

"It is just a piece of paper," Woodard said, "but the meaning behind it is pretty important."

So is the fact Tuscola is still playing well into November.

"I'm just trying to focus on being a leader with this team," he said, "and getting as far in the playoffs as we can.