When Maryland got a commitment from three-star local safety Josh Woods on November 18, it knew that meant potentially adding size and athleticism to a secondary that will need it as it prepares to enter the Big Ten.
Now it's official, as the 6-feet-3, 180-pound prospect out of the McDonogh School in Owings Mills has signed his letter of intent to become a Terp.
Josh Woods from McDonogh signed his NLI and will be staying home http://t.co/Qxz7sGQN2d— Randy Edsall (@RandyEdsall) February 5, 2014
A two-way player in high school, as a wide receiver and defensive back, Woods is expected to play safety for Maryland and is currently rated the 68th-best prospect in the country at that position by the 247sports composite, which also rates him as the 21st-best player in the state.
He is described as a rangy and versatile athlete who can play cornerback or safety and could also help the Terps on special teams, returning punts and kicks.
Woods' skills are on display here.
Defensive back has been a priority in this year's recruiting class, despite missing out on five-star local prospect Jalen Tabor.
Virginia's Colonial Forge High School product Daniel Ezeagwu and Westlake safety Antwaine Carter, Jr are two other three-star defensive backs that have signed in Maryland's 2014 class. Ezeagwu is expected to play cornerback, while Carter is slotted to join Woods at safety.
Pete Volk, Testudo Times managing editor: Behind the crop of four-stars, Woods is the prospect that I'm highest on. He's a local kid who brings a lot of different aspects to the secondary, and can now be slotted at safety (where he'll likely be more effective) with Ezeagwu coming in at corner. The Terps have enough safety depth that he should redshirt his first year, but they do have a history of playing true freshmen in the secondary.