National Signing Day 2014: Cornerback Josh Woods signs with Terps

VITALS

Name: Josh Woods.

Position: Cornerback.

High school: McDonogh (Md.) High School

Height, weight: 6 feet 3, 180 pounds.

Rank: Three stars (247sports and ESPN.com).

SCOUTING REPORT

>> “I’m so excited,” Woods said in a telephone interview this week while busing to a track and field meet near FedEx Field. “I’m very, very excited. Like, I want to sign it right now.”

Woods, who was initially deciding between Maryland and Virginia, tweeted his commitment on Nov. 18. He wanted to major in communications and Virginia doesn’t have a communications program, so College Park seemed to be the right place. Then, after he started looking at the school and talked to the coaches, he called Coach Randy Edsall and offered his commitment.

>> Woods was a dual-threat player at McDonough, close friends with the once-committed Jared Cohen, but said Maryland wants him to play field cornerback, the position manned last season by freshman Will Likely. “It isn’t what I’m best at,” he said, “but I’m pretty athletic and a quick learner. I’m positive I can learn whatever [defensive coordinator Brian] Stewart wants me to do in his scheme.”

>> In track, he runs the 300 and the 400 and also does the high jump and long jump.

>> Woods was a late bloomer, growing 10 inches during high school. Freshman year, he was 5 feet 5 and only played on special teams. His sophomore season, Woods got a little taller and played a little more, but then broke his shoulder the following year. At that point, he was looking at small schools like Ithaca College, \anywhere he could continue playing football after graduation. “Then I had the season I had and kind of came out of nowhere,” he said.

Now, he’s grown so tall, he can’t fit into clothes from over the summer.

“It surprised me,” he said. “You don’t really notice when you grow. Other people kind of have to think, ‘Oh, you got so much taller.’ You don’t really notice because you see yourself every day. I wasn’t like, ‘Oh, I got two inches taller since last night.’ ” 

>> Since the commitment, Woods hasn’t wavered. He took his official visit to College Park and his recruiter, Keith Dudzinski, calls him every week. Every now and then, a Maryland fan on Twitter will ask him how he’s doing, and he’ll think about how soon he will be enrolled at school, practicing over the summer.

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Alex Prewitt covers the Washington Capitals. Follow him on Twitter @alex_prewitt or email him at alex.prewitt@washpost.com.
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