Lackawanna (Scranton, Pa.) three-star junior college cornerback Alex Woods committed to West Virginia June 11, and while he remains a solid pledge, he admitted a couple other programs have his eye.
Namely, the school that just extended an offer Sept. 7.
“Maryland just offered me, and that was big. I’ve been talking to Coach [Aazaar Abdul] Rahim and Coach [Pete] Lembo for a little bit, and it sounds like a really good option for me,” said Woods, a 6-foot-2, 185-pounder who played his high school ball at Hillside High (Durham, N.C.). “The first thing I really liked is they have two starting corners, Will Likely and J.C. Jackson, who probably won’t be there very long, so there’s an opportunity for early playing time if I were to flip. And secondly, I like how it’s not as far from home as WVU, so that means my mom could come see my games easier.”
Woods, who will have three years to play two seasons, and is a January enrollee, said he and Abdul-Rahim just began connecting recently. But even though their relationship hasn’t developed, Woods liked what the defensive backs coach was preaching, as well as his personality.
“Coach Rahim said he’s really excited about me and he loves my film, and he thinks I could have an impact right away. Coach Lembo said the same thing when I talked to him. They were saying how they understood why I committed to West Virginia so early, because I wanted to [secure] a spot, but they’re really interested if I would reconsider,” Woods said. “And the things Coach Rahim was saying about his history and the people he’s coached like Joe Haden and Jalen Tabor, that definitely opened my eyes.”
Now that he has the offer, Woods said he’s in the process of scheduling a College Park, Md., official visit. He’s not sure which game he’ll be able to attend, but the Oct. 1 Purdue bout or the Oct. 22 Michigan State affair are definite possibilities.
In addition to UMD, Woods said he’s also considering ECU. The Pirates, which have had an offer out for months, would represent a homecoming of sorts for the Durham, N.C., native.
“I have a really good connection with the running backs coach at ECU and I like that it’s home,” said Woods, who will be officially visiting the Pirates when he returns home for break. “I’ve always sort of liked ECU.”
For the time being, though, Woods said he’s committed to WVU. He was back in Morgantown, W.Va., Sept. 3 and said he had a “really good time.” He's scheduled to return for an official either Oct. 29 or Nov. 5.
“I had a lot of fun. I went down with a group of players, and it was just cool,” Woods said. “It was good to see the coaches again and just to hang out. I like it up there.”
So, what are the chances Woods sticks with the Mountaineers? Would it take a lot to flip him?
“Would it take a lot?” Woods said. “Man, that’s a hard question to answer. I’d say I’m committed, but I’m pretty open to the other two schools [UMD and ECU] too.”