The past few days have certainly been kind to coach Randy Edsall and the Maryland football team. Just two days after upsetting Virginia Tech, Maryland received a commitment from local safety Josh Woods.
Woods is a three-star safety out of the McDonogh School and was a recent visitor to campus. The safety visited Maryland this past Thursday and received an offer on the very same day. Woods didn’t have any other offers, but had interest from Virginia and Delaware. According to 247 Sports, Woods was ranked as the 29th best player in the state of Maryland and a top 100 safety in the 2014 class. He is the second safety in Maryland’s class with Georgia safety Jordan Noil being the other.
In watching film on Woods, you can see that he is extremely athletic. The local product played both safety and wide receiver at McDonough and possesses good speed. He has the ability to burn any player that he is up against. Woods is a ball-hawking safety and has a great pair of hands. Being a wideout definitely helps with that trait and could make him quite successful in the future. In his senior season, Woods grabbed 33 passes for 780 yards and 10 touchdowns and also had 13 tackles and four interceptions on defense. He is a very sound tackler, despite not racking up a ton during his senior campaign. Woods is a very opportunistic defensive back and doesn’t hesitate to jump a route for an interception.
While not being highly recruited, Woods clearly has talent and will provide depth at safety if nothing else. He possesses good size at 6’3, but could stand to put on some weight as he only weighs 180 pounds. Woods’ height makes him a very valuable asset to the Terrapins in the future. He has tremendous leaping ability and can out-jump nearly any opposing player for the football, no matter what side of the ball he’s playing on. Overall, he’s a very smart football player that has tremendous upside and could translate very well to the collegiate level. Edsall is clearly trying to improve on the offensive line, but also on defense. Woods marks the sixth defensive commitment in the 2014 recruiting class and he could still add another big defensive back in cornerback Jalen Tabor. Woods may not be a name that everyone is familiar with, but he is a very instinctive football player that is a nice get for Maryland.