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Three-star local safety Josh Woods commits to Maryland

The Terrapins get a commitment from a local safety.


Maryland's class continues to go slowly but surely, like so many turtles, as the Terps added local safety Josh Woods to their 2014 haul. The prospect announced the decision on his Twitter page.

Woods goes to the McDonogh School in Owings Mills, Maryland, where he is teammates with fellow Maryland commitment Jared Cohen. Redshirt freshman defensive lineman Roman Braglio also went to the McDonogh School.

Listed at 6'3" and 180 pounds, Woods is expected to play safety at Maryland. He is rated as a three-star prospect by the 247sports composite, and is rated as the 65th-best safety in the country and the 22nd-best player in the state.

According to his profile on 247sports, Woods received a coach's visit from Maryland at the start of the month and took an unofficial visit to College Park on November 14, when he received an offer. He also lists offers from Delaware and Virginia.

Woods is Maryland's second safety in the class, joining three-star Georgia prospect Jordan Noil. Maryland is expected to make defensive back a priority in this class, and has five-star cornerback Jalen Tabor firmly in their sights to round out the haul.

That makes 13 commitments for the Terps, who are rumored to be looking for a class of around 17 or 18 players.

When looking at Maryland's class and the remaining targets, the guess was that there were still some players who had not been talked about yet that would end up committing to the Terrapins -- late-bloomers, of sorts. Woods is very much that kind of player, as a local guy that really wasn't on anyone's radar until early November.

Woods recently caught attention by leading McDonogh to a 37-6 upset over Gilman in the state title game earlier in November. He threw a touchdown pass and picked off Kai Locksley in the game.

You can find a highlight tape for Woods here.