Chad Simmons

Meet the next member of Michigan's defensive backfield in freshman J'Marick Woods.

Meet the next member of Michigan's defensive backfield in freshman J'Marick Woods.

http://www.scout.com/player/199948-j-marick-woods?s=162

His Recruiting Story

In SEC country, a recruitment isn't over until a signature is on the dotted line on a national letter of intent. That was certainly the case for Woods, a four-star safety out of the state of Alabama. Originally committing to Michigan, Woods spent some more time thinking later on the in the process as Arkansas and Mississippi State both made pushes. Ultimately, Woods says he felt at home in Ann Arbor.

Scouting Report

"Good athlete who used to play linebacker before he grew into a defensive lineman. Still shows some of those skills and speed when it comes to closing and pursuit. Naturally strong kid, but can still play with better leverage to maximize his strength. Will have to adjust to competition at the college level as he does not often face other top D1 guys in his league."

Why Michigan?

"Michigan is giving me a great opportunity and that is a big part of why I stayed with them," said Woods.  "Every visit I took up there was great, I love the school and I feel at home there."

Bottom Line

Most likely headed for a role at free safety with the Wolverines given his size and length, Woods will need to add weight like most freshmen headed to the college level. Unlike most defensive backs, Woods possesses receiver like hands that should serve him well as the last line of defense for Don Brown.


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