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RB Justus Woods will bring size, physicality and upside to Stanford

Charlotte (N.C.) Christian running back Justus Woods committed to Stanford yesterday, and Scout takes a look at what the Cardinal are getting, and how he fits into their class.

Stanford picked up a big commitment from running back Justus Woods yesterday.

Committed Over: Woods chose the Cardinal over offers from Duke, Northwestern, UCLA, Vanderbilt, Virginia and Virginia Tech among others.

Rated: He is a three-star prospect.

Scouting report: There is a lot to like about Woods.

He is a big, physical running back.  Woods shows good patience and vision. He anticipates well and has quick feet.

Woods is decisive in his cuts and very dangerous running downhill.  Although the 6-foot-1, 190-pound Woods is most effective running between the tackles, he has the ability to bounce the play outside.

The Charlotte Christian standout is also a dangerous receiver out of the backfield. He runs good routes and catches the ball very well. Woods also does a nice job picking up blitzes and is a solid blocker.

Like all prospects, there are areas where he can improve. When it comes to Woods, he can run too high at times, so he needs to work on his pad level. He also has good, but not great speed, so he can continue to get faster. Lastly, he needs to continue to add weight and get stronger.

None of these are major concerns. Once he gets into Stanford's strength and conditioning program, Woods will likely improve in all areas quickly.

Final Thought: Woods a is a great addition for Stanford.

He would benefit from a redshirt season, but could also play as a true freshman. Regardless, he has a lot of potential and should be a major contributor to Stanford's offense in the future.

Besides his football ability, Woods is a high-character kid and a natural leader. He will be a tremendous representative on and off the field for the Cardinal

He is also the type of player other major college prospects want to play with at the next level. So getting him in the fold early will allow him to be a valuable recruiter going forward.

Woods is the second commitment in Stanford's 2018 recruiting class, joining four-star Saraland (Ala.) quarterback Jack West.


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