Maryland freshman safety Josh Woods took home MVP honors at the annual Big 33 game. Maryland edged Pennsylvania 31-24 in double overtime on Saturday evening. (Mandatory Credit: The Baltimore Sun)

Terp Commit Josh Woods Named MVP Of Big 33 Classic


Cornerback Josh Woods didn’t have a single Division I offer before Maryland offered him a scholarship this past fall. Clearly, the McDonogh School product had something to prove.

In the annual Big 33 Classic, Maryland defeated Pennsylvania 31-24 in double overtime, thanks large in part to Woods’ three interceptions. One of those interceptions was returned back for a touchdown by the future Terrapin.

Woods’ spectacular performance earned him MVP honors in the annual game. It was Maryland’s first Big 33 victory since 1991. Maryland hadn’t played in the game since 1992.

According to 247Sports composite rankings, Woods is a three-star defensive back that is ranked as the 22nd best player in the state of Maryland. He only had offers from Delaware and Virginia, in addition to the Terps.

Woods enjoyed a very strong senior season at McDonogh as he tallied 35 tackles and grabbed four interceptions.

The Maryland signee is a ball hawk that isn’t afraid to go up for any jump ball. His ability as a wideout (800 yards & 10 touchdowns as a senior) should definitely help him over the course of his Terp career. Woods has great closing speed that allows him to give his opponent some room then he swarms to the football when it is thrown.

With Dexter McDougle having graduated, sophomore Will Likely and senior Jeremiah Johnson will start, but there’s playing time up for grabs behind them. Woods could be a pleasant surprise as a freshman for the Terps.

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