Alabama DE, former Memphis commit Jamal Woods commits to Illini

Illini flip Memphis commit, Alabama DE Jamal Woods during official visit

Hueytown (Ala.) defensive end Jamal Woods signed with illinois on Wednesday. The two-star defensive end previously was committed to Memphis.

Woods chose the Illini over Georgia Tech, Memphis, Kansas and Louisiana-Lafayette, among others.

"Their football program is power-five, Big Ten," Woods told Illini Inquirer earlier this month. "The coaching staff is good, and they have a wonderful head coach. That's the best coach out there to me, for real.

"They say I'm one of their top defensive ends that they've seen," Woods said. "They think I'm a good pass rusher, and they believe that if I come down there that I can be a starter as a true freshman."

Woods, who could play defensive tackle as well, joins the Illini defensive line makeover following the losses of five seniors: Dawuane SmootCarroll PhillipsGimel PresidentChunky Clements and Rob Bain.

Woods is the 24th commitment in the Illini Class of 2017.

This story is developing.

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