The Central Michigan University football program received a verbal commitment Saturday night from Orchard Lake (Mich.) St. Mary's wide receiver Rodney Woodland.
Woodland had contemplated making a decision later this month, but decided to call the CMU coaches tonight and end his recruitment.
"I didn't want to wait any longer because I knew Central Michigan was the place for me," Woodland said. "I like how they are family oriented and I really like CMU's spread offense."
Woodland will add even more speed to a CMU recruiting class that already features standout running backs Malek Redd and Tim Phillips.
According to Woodland, CMU head coach Butch Jones offered him a scholarship after watching him workout at the University of Michigan camp last month.
Scout.com recruiting analyst Allen Trieu witnessed Woodland's athletic display at Michigan last month too. Trieu believes CMU "stole" a Big Ten player.
"Rodney impressed me a lot with his hands and his speed," Trieu said. "Had he not gotten hurt last season, I think a lot of bigger schools would have jumped on him sooner. CMU got a steal."
Woodland said he's been hearing from Michigan and Notre Dame, who both told him they're interested but need to see film from his first few games this fall before making a decision on whether to offer or not.
Woodland said it doesn't matter, he's a solid commitment to the Chippewas.
"If a school comes in late and offers it doesn't matter, I'm going to stick with Central," Woodland said.
Woodland added that he wanted to thank three people who worked with him to improve his skill set following his injury, as well as OLSM head coach George Porritt.
"I want to thank coach Porter at Oak Park High School, Lester Johnson of We Train Performance, who helped me train this summer, and Mill Coleman, who helped me with my route running," Woodland said. "I know coach Porritt has high expectations for me and I don't want to let him down."
Woodland becomes the ninth overall verbal commitment and the second wide receiver in CMU's 2009 recruiting class, joining Cody Wilson of Rochester (Mich.) Adams High School.
Woodland said he will now do his best to recruit two of his Eaglet teammates to CMU, senior tight end Dion Sims and junior quarterback Robert Bolden. Sims is rated among the top recruits in the nation for both football and basketball and holds multiple scholarship offers, including Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Iowa and Purdue.
Bolden received his first offer last month from CMU, followed closely by MSU. Woodland said he and Bolden are best of friends.
"I'm going to try and get Robert and Dion up to CMU with me," Woodland said. "Dion would like to play both sports in college. I think there's a good chance with Robert (going to CMU)."
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