Target 2005: Brandon Woods

DURHAM, N.C. – Southern Durham coach Gordon Walters said that if he were to start a football team today from scratch, his first pick would be a versatile 6-foot-2 ½, 215-pound athlete named Brandon Woods.

"…simply because he's so great in the secondary," Walters said. "He started at cornerback for us; he's played free safety, and he's come up in the box and played linebacker. He's played wide receiver and tight end for us. He blocks well."

Along with North Carolina, Florida State, Notre Dame, Miami, Texas, Virginia and Clemson are actively seeking Woods.

"He's a very smooth safety," says recruiting analyst Miller Safrit. "He knows how to get back into coverage but also comes up to make a hit. He's also a gamebreaker as a wide receiver with great hands and makes space."

Woods, who boasts a 3.5 G.P.A., caught 35 passes for 857 yards last year – over 25 yards per reception. He had "in the neighborhood of 10 touchdown receptions in each his sophomore and junior seasons.

"I'm first looking at a school for the education, then sports-wise, and then a family environment," Woods said. "I like the atmosphere and the coaches at UNC. They make you feel good. The wide receivers coach [Gunter Brewer] is real nice."

Woods runs the 40-yard dash in a legitimate 4.57 seconds.

"When we need a big play, he makes the big play," Walters said.

"I've got a lot of confidence," Woods said.

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