Josh Woods, freshman, defensive back
Collegiate Stats: N/A
High School Stats (Senior Year): 35 tackles, four interceptions, 35 receptions for 800 yards and 10 touchdowns
247sports composite Ratings: Three stars, 22nd-best player in Maryland, 76th-best safety in the nation
High School: McDonogh School (Md.)
Hometown: Baltimore, Md.
High School Highlights:
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How'd He Get to College Park?
Josh Woods was a relatively unknown prospect at McDonogh until absolutely exploding his senior year, picking up an offer from Maryland and committing shortly after. Woods ended up being named first-team All-Met as well as All-State and was invited to the Big 33 Football Classic.
Profiling the entire team
Woods helped lead McDonogh to an 11-0 record in McDonogh and the school's first-ever MIAA A outright title. He chose the Terps over offers from Virginia and Towson.
Committing to the hometown team, naturally.
Woods breaks into the rotation as a cornerback/safety, recording 20 tackles between his play in the secondary and on special teams.
Maryland has some clear concerns in the secondary this season, but most of those lie at the cornerback position after the departures of Dexter McDougle and Isaac Goins. For a long time, many thought Woods may end up playing corner at Maryland because of this -- he has good enough speed for the position and brings the height that Maryland coaches have shown a preference for in their corners.
Things changed a bit later on in the recruiting process -- first, when Maryland grabbed Virginia cornerback Daniel Ezeagwu and then when they signed JuCo corner Denzel Conyers. That means Woods is unlikely to be pressed into duty so early in his Maryland career, and will instead be able to fit in to his more natural safety position.
That doesn't mean Woods is guaranteed to redshirt, however. Maryland has played true freshmen on special teams in the past, and the McDonogh grad certainly has the combination of size and speed to make an impact on the kickoff unit.
Our next player's twin brother was given a preferred walk-on offer by one of Maryland's rivals who was also competing for the player. The player ended up committing to Maryland, with his brother heading to a local FCS school instead.
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