Catching Up With Jonathan Woodruff

Waldorf (Md.) Westlake's Jonathan Woodruff committed to Duke just over a week ago. So what kind of player will be lining up for the Blue Devils? TDD investigates.

"I decided to commit to Duke on June 27th," said Jonathan Woodruff. "The main thing that made it the right choice for me was my relationship with the coaches and the potential of the program. When I had made my mind up I spoke to both Coach Roper and Coach Cutcliffe. They were really happy."

Potential appears to be a two way street in this recruitment. At 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds, Woodruff has been recruited to play outside linebacker in Duke's new 3-4 defensive scheme. Not only does he possess the ideal height for an outside linebacker, he's also got the speed having clocked in with a 4.58 forty time.

"Speed is one thing I think I bring to the program. With recruiting out of the way, I can work on getting stronger and improving my footwork."

Though the discussion of early playing time has not come up, Woodruff believes he'll have a chance to see the field early from what he was told in the process.

"I haven't really talked to them about [playing as a true freshman], but I also don't think I will be redshirting. I know I need to go in there and just compete and things will work out."

Woodruff had been recruited by the Blue Devils throughout the spring but needed to attend camps to secure an early offer. He did that on June 19th and just over a week later he ended his recruiting. For good.

"I'm done with recruiting. Now I can just focus on my senior season and getting ready for the next level. I plan to visit Duke again on August 7th for practice."

Woodruff chose Duke over an offer from Army and interest from several ACC and Big East programs.

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