"Tackling people."

In this corner, out of Olive Branch, Miss. weighing in at 200 pounds, Rod Woodson. He's well-known for his ominous presence on the football field, but he has also done some amateur boxing. It's not wonder many scouts say Woodson is the hardest hitting defensive back in the country.


When asked about his strengths at the strong safety position, Rod Woodson simply replied, "tackling people." With his physical brand of football, the names Ronnie Lott and Sean Taylor immediately come to mind when you watch Woodson play the position.

"The coaches want me to come in and play strong safety and make something happen," said Woodson. "Stopping the run, blitz, cause a fumble, just go out there and make a play."

Woodson made the decision to commit to the Tide before the start of his senior season last July.

"I liked the coaches a lot, especially Coach (Bo) Davis," he stated. "We get along really well. I got along with a lot of the players like (Justin) Woodall."

"I wanted to commit early and get it out of the way to focus on my senior year and had already made up my mind where I wanted to go. It's a place where I'm most comfortable. They have a great coaching staff, great facilities."

Woodson had numerous offers from national powers such as Arkansas, Auburn, FSU, Michigan and Tennessee, etc.

"LSU, Ole Miss and Mississippi State were all recruiting me pretty hard," he stated.

Woodson went on to lead his high school team to the state playoffs. However, he would suffer a high ankle sprain in the second half of the game and couldn't finish as his team fell in overtime.

"No surgery, been doing rehab, and close to being back to 100-percent," he said.

The injury caused Woodson to miss the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic. This selection was among his many achievements. He was named 1st team All-State by the Clarion-Ledger, and also one of the Mississippi Dandy Dozen.

Woodson has a plan in tact to prepare himself for camp.

"Stay in the weight room, keep getting stronger. My goal is to go in there and compete right away for playing time," he said.

Woodson says he's almost there academically in order to qualify.

"My grades are good. I just need to improve my ACT score," said Woodson, who plans to take the test again in May.

"I like the tutorial system Alabama's has in place to help their student/athletes," Woodson added. "The academics are a big part of why I chose Alabama, but right now I'm unsure what I plan to major in when I get there."

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