Signing Day Capsule: Quintin Woods

The Flint native didn't play football his junior season, and the Wolverines almost didn't find out about him until it was too late ... but all's well that ends Blue!

Quintin Woods
Defensive End/Tight End
Southwestern Academy
(Flint, MI)
NR: **

His Recruiting Story

This is a guy, right in Michigan's back yard, that the Wolverines almost let slip away to Iowa.

How did this happen? Quintin and his mother tell the story. "I was playing tight end my freshman and sophomore years," Quintin said, "and then I was injured after two games my junior season."

After that, Quintin's mother told GoBlueWolverine, "I didn't want him to play football. So he didn't finish the season, he just played basketball. So it's my fault that he was not recruited at first."

After Woods got back on the football field as a senior however, and after a great senior campaign where he recorded 127 tackles (91 solo), 14 tackles for a loss, eight sacks, and deflected four passes -- the Iowa Hawkeyes, not the Wolverines, were the first to hear about him.

Southwestern Academy Head Coach Gary Lee said, "After Iowa had offered Quintin a scholarship, and I spoke with Michigan, they were like, ‘How come we didn't know about this guy?'"

Lee played a year for the Wolverines 'back in the day' however, and Michigan quickly jumped in -- with both feet. Woods scheduled a visit to Michigan for the 16th of January -- but he still planned to visit Iowa and Missouri on the following weekends.

However, once he got to Ann Arbor for his visit, things quickly changed.

"I committed to Michigan on my visit," Woods said. "It came down to me just going down there and seeing how it was in person and seeing if I really fit in and liked it."

Scouting Report

From Southwestern Academy Head Coach Gary Lee: "Just naturally, Quintin uses his hands very well. He gets off blocks, and he can flat out run the quarterback down. He just has tremendous instincts for having not been around football a long time, and he makes plays. He is a playmaker."

And as far as the position he'll play at Michigan, Woods says, "They (the Michigan coaches) asked me if I would like to play tight end. They didn't make it official or anything. But I'm playing defensive end. That's what I prefer."

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