Initially, Jibri Woods wasn’t keen on the idea of moving to receiver.
Woods spent his junior season as Wootton’s running back in a pass-heavy but power-style offense. He had some success in the backfield a year ago, running for 598 yards and eight touchdowns. But with Wootton Coach Tyree Spinner entering his second season at the helm, he decided to change the offensive philosophy to an uptempo spread attack.
That meant he wanted Woods, a 5-9, 170-pounder with speed, to man the slot receiver position for the first time as a senior.
“At first, I was kind of hesitant,” Woods said. “But as it progressed and as I got used to the position, I began to like it. Now I love it. I feel it gives me the ability to utilize my strengths — speed, quickness, hands. I just really enjoy it.”
Woods leads the Montgomery 4A South region in receiving, having caught 35 passes for 511 yards in five games. In Wootton’s 20-14 loss to Gaithersburg (5-0), Woods caught a 76-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Starting in the slot, he ran a wheel route to the right sideline and got behind the secondary before making the catch and taking the ball to the end zone. He finished the game with four catches for 99 yards and the score.
It’s these types of plays that are beginning to garner attention from college recruiters. Spinner said schools such as Wagner, Towson and James Madison have begun to take notice. He also mentioned that schools visiting to see Wootton’s top prospect Trevon Diggs have started asking about Woods.
“Jibri is the fastest and most athletic player we have on our team,” Spinner said. “His work ethic this offseason is yielding him all of the success he’s having now.”
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