New CB Target Set to Visit College Park

Maryland has been on the lookout for cornerback recruits, and while four-star Friendship Collegiate (Washington, D.C.) phenom Jalen Tabor is a top target, the Terps would undoubtedly like to add a second piece.

Maryland has been on the lookout for cornerback recruits, and while four-star Friendship Collegiate (Washington, D.C.) phenom Jalen Tabor is a top target, the Terps would undoubtedly like to add a second piece.

And they may have just found their guy at a familiar spot. Under-the-radar McDonogh (Owings Mills, Md.) corner Josh Woods, who attends the same school as current Maryland commit Jared Cohen and Terps lineman Roman Braglio, said assistant coach Keith Dudzinksi just recently got in touch with him and could be extending an offer in short order.

"I'm going down to meet with Maryland [today] for cornerback," said the 6-foot-3, 180-pound Woods, who is also being recruited by Delaware. "I'm really excited about it. Maryland is a nice school with a really big stadium and a beautiful campus. I've been there a bunch and love it down there."

If the Terps do follow through with the offer, Woods said he'd probably "just take it." With no offers on the table and his personal favorite making a late charge, he said the scholarship would be difficult for him to turn down.

"I feel very comfortable there," Woods said. "Coach Dudzinksi called me up and wanted to make sure I was still coming [today]. He was asking my height, weight, and if I was interested in playing corner knowing that I'm primarily a receiver. I told him I was perfectly OK with that (laughs)."

Woods said he plans to arrive in College Park, Md., around 2 p.m. in order to meet with the coaches before taking in a practice.

"It should be a good time," Woods said. "If they offer, that would mean a lot. I'm definitely thinking about taking [the offer] right there if it happens."

Besides the fact that he's been on campus for games, an open house and a team event, one of the main reasons Woods is so high on Maryland is what he's heard from Cohen. Woods mentioned the big left tackle is always talking up the Terps and pushing players to check out College Park.

"I think Jared's actually recruiting me harder than the Maryland coaches are," Woods said, chuckling. "Maryland just started looking at me, but Jared's been like, ‘Dude, get them your tape, go see a game, get in touch with the coaches.' He's been on me for awhile. He said the Maryland coaches even called him to ask about me!

"So he says a lot of great things about the school, just how great it is there and how good the staff is."

The McDonogh athlete said he runs around a 4.5-second 40-yard dash. He just completed an 11-0 conference championship season, coming away with a touchdown and an interception during the deciding game against archrival Gilman. This season he had 33 receptions for 780 yards and 10 touchdowns, to go along with four interceptions and 14 tackles on defense.

"I high point the ball and I can go get it. Not many guys I'm up against can touch the ball when I go up for it," Woods said. "I play a lot of off-man, and I do a lot of reading and reacting, jumping routes and things like that. I'm not too aggressive yet and I'm not the biggest hitter out there, but I can shed blocks and tackle. In coverage, like in a cover 3, I know how to stay within my boundaries and sticky with my assignments."

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