West Lyon graduate LeVar Woods has seen his career go full circle. Woods was at Iowa when Kirk Ferentz arrived in 1999. After seven years as an NFL linebacker, Woods is back in Iowa City for his second season as a full-time assistant.
Woods works with the linebackers and the special teams. The linebacker group might be the strongest position for the Hawkeyes.
James Morris, Anthony Hitchens and Christian Kirksey are all three-time letterwinners, who combined for over 300 tackles last season.
All three can play in the NFL, according to Woods, but he says sometimes you can give players too much information.
"Sometimes I think you can kind of paralyze a young man when you tell him, 'do this, do this' and if he does that, 'do this do that'. You kind of paralyze a guy," says Woods. "I'm working hard to let guys go, let them play. Here are your responsibilities, you know you have to be outside, you know you have to do this, now go play."
Woods spent four years as an administrative assistant at Iowa before joining the coaching staff. He just turned 35 and is one of the youngest members of Kirk Ferentz' staff, someone who can relate to high school players.
His main recruiting area is in Texas, specifically in Dallas, one of the most heavily recruited cities in the country.
"When I went down there it was basically a notebook and here are some schools to look at," said Woods. "Then you go to schools and you learn about prospects. Almost like a door to door salesman almost the first time. When I went back down the second time in our winter recruiting, it was a lot easier."
Woods earned his elementary education degree from Iowa in 2000. He will host a football camp in Okoboji from June 23rd through the 25th.
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