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Riverview star Woodard impressed after USF visit



USF women's basketball coach Jose Fernandez has six scholarships available for his 2013 recruiting class, and he spent time Monday with a top local target in Riverview forward Faith Woodard, a 6-foot-1 two-sport standout who said she has USF among her top choices.

"I like USF a lot. It's the local school, and they've been recruiting me since I was younger," said Woodard, who plans on taking an official visit to USF next month once her senior year begins. "I love their staff. It's somewhere I could really possibly wind up going in the future."

Woodard, who won a state championship in the high jump this spring, also met with a USF track assistant Monday about the possibility of participating in both sports at USF, something she said Fernandez would allow her to do. She said her top three schools are USF, Georgetown and USC, and she plans on taking official visits to all three, as well as to two other finalists she hasn't yet determined.

Woodard said she's been to USF games since she was little, and she likes the idea of being part of a big freshman class that could come in and make an impact together. She played at Riverview with another local standout in Tesha Hanson, the daughter of men's basketball assistant Reggie Hanson, who has since transferred to Seffner Christian.

"I know some of the kids he's recruiting, and I know they'll be really, really good," she said. "If I went there, it would be a great team we'd have."

Woodard, who is also considering Central Florida, said she plans on taking her official visits in the first month of the school year and will then make a decision from there. The early signing period for basketball is in November.

[Last modified: Monday, August 6, 2012 8:08pm]


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