Things aren’t going to plan for star dual threat quarterback Asiantii Woulard.
Not long ago, the standout signal caller from Winter Park High School (FL) knew where he would be going to school next year and what coaches he would be working with.
He was committed to the South Florida Bulls, where he would work with coach Skip Holtz, and would be in a situation where he could come in and start right away with B.J. Daniels graduating.
Oh, how fast things change.
Holtz was fired by the USF administration following a 3-9 season, and after learning that, Woulard promptly de-committed from the Bulls. Now Woulard has no idea where he’ll be playing next year.
On top of that, he broke his ankle in the last game of his prep football career, and is undergoing rehab. Not exactly the kind of injury a quarterback known for his rushing skills needs. So now the hobbled Woulard is exploring his options.
The school he had second on his list, and who he visited not too long ago, North Carolina State, fired their Head Coach Tom O’Brien as well. Woulard hasn’t had any contact from new Wolfpack coach Dave Doeren, so he’s not even sure if his offer is still on the table. If Doeren is in fact interested in Woulard ( and he should be), he could be an excellent fit in the offense he’s bringing with him from Northern Illinois.
This year Doeren’s quarterback was Jordan Lynch, aka ‘The Best Quarterback You’ve Never Heard Of’. Lynch threw for nearly 3,000 yards with 24 touchdowns against five interceptions. He also rushed for a record 1,771 yards and 19 touchdowns. The lightning fast Woulard would be a perfect fit for that offense.
USF isn’t totally out of the picture yet. It will depend on who they bring into the fold as the next Bulls coach. If it’s an offensively-minded coach, they’ll still have a great chance to get Woulard, especially since he loves the location as well as the razor-thin depth chart at QB.
If USF and NCSU don’t work out, Woulard might have difficulty settling on a decision. Most schools, at this time in the recruiting process, have already decided on which quarterbacks they want to recruit. Schools that already have quarterbacks verbally committed would be slow to start recruiting another quarterback for fear of losing the guy they already have. Not only that, they would be going after a guy who has made his name based on speed, and now that speed might not ever be the same.
It’s going to be interesting to see how Woulard’s recruitment plays out. He has offers from more than twenty schools, but none seem to be the perfect match. At least not the way it was with USF under Holtz. But this is just a small example of some of the adversity life throws your way. How Woulard responds will be very telling.