ANN ARBOR, Mich. – At 6-foot-4, 195-pounds, freshman safety J'Marick Woods has the size and the mindset to play early and often in 2017.
And that was part of his plan on why he graduated early and left Florence (Ala.) to join Michigan's group of 11 early enrolled freshman that started taking classes this January.
“You know I didn’t come up all the way from Alabama early for no reason,” Woods said on Wednesday. “I definitely want to compete for a starting job and get in the playing rotation. So that is definitely one of my goals right now.”
How does Woods plan to crack the two-deep? Well, so far he says he working on every dimension of his game.
“I need to continue to get stronger, faster, quicker, work on my technique, stay in the film room and learn the system and everything, so I can be flawless out there on the field,” Woods said.
Re-solidifying his commitment
When Michigan lost Tyrone Wheatley to Jacksonville Jaguars last month, Jim Harbaugh and his staff reached out to Woods to make sure he still had intentions of coming to U-M. Wheatley, of course, was Woods’ main recruiter and Woods says they just wanted to make sure he was still “comfortable” in being part of Michigan’s upcoming class.
“It was actually a few coaches,” Woods recalled. “I sat down with coach Harbaugh. I sat down with coach (Don) Brown and all of them. We just really had a long conversation, real heart-to-heart. I just really felt comfortable being here at Michigan, because I knew the support was going to be there.”
Woods reaction being part of the “Signing with the Stars” event:
“It was real big,” Woods said of the signing day event. “I was expecting a lot of people being there, but when I looked out in the stands and it was family and just a lot of fans there and there was famous ex-Michigan players behind us, it just really made it special. This is an event that a kid would love to experience in his life. So I am very blessed to experience this event.”