Few this side of the French Quarter had a weekend as gratifying as the one D.J. Woods just completed.
On Saturday, the Robinson High 215-pound senior won a district wrestling title. Early the next morning, he flew to the University of Illinois for an official visit afforded him by an Illini football staff that recently discovered him.
This afternoon, while still on campus, he signed a letter of intent with the Big Ten program. His mom faxed in her signature to make it official.
"That's a big step for D.J.," Coach Mike DePue said. "He came on late with a test score and they saw some highlights of him on a prep Web site, and they brought him up and signed him today. That's a huge step for our program."
A defensive end who had more than 50 tackles last season, Woods becomes the first Knight to sign with a major Division I program since Javier Arenas inked with Alabama four years ago.
"We're extremely, extremely pleased," DePue said.