Ohio State already has a commitment from elite offensive guard prospect Wyatt Davis from the class of 2017. The Buckeyes have been on Woodbey's short list for some time and he took an unofficial visit to the campus last month.
"Ohio State is just the best fit for me," Woodbey said. "It was Ohio State and USC, those have been my top two this whole time but I really feel good about Ohio State and feel like that's the best spot for me. I loved my visit there and got that family feel you're always looking for when you want to leave home.
"I did a lot of research on this and feel I'll have the most success at Ohio State. No one recruited me harder than Ohio State and they showed me they really wanted me. It's not just a football decision, I felt like Ohio State cares about me the most as a player as well and they want what's best for me. My commitment is solid and I'm very excited about this."
Woodbey is aware that many people scoff these days at early commitments but he said he's very solid with his decision.
"I think a lot of players make decisions based off of emotion and if I did that, I would have already committed four or five times already," Woodbey said. "This wasn't an emotional decision for me though, I really thought this out and since I'm graduating early in December, I wanted to get this done early and shut things down.
"I have great relationships with the Ohio State coaches and talk to them almost every day. Academically, it's a good fit, they have what I want to major in, I can handle the weather and they have a 'get it done no matter what' mentality, which my parents and I both really like. I'm not planning to switch my commitment, I've seen what a bad look that is for me people. I'm planning to shut things down and I'm a Buckeye all the way."
Woodbey is an intriguing prospect who we could see playing multiple roles at the next level. He's a big safety who can hit and is very affective playing close to the line of scrimmage. He has worked hard on improving his ability to play in space and drop in to coverage as well.
The big key for Woodbey will be watching how much bigger he gets down the road. He has a big frame now and could end up as a Kam Chancellor type safety or even play a hybrid safety/linebacker position.