JT Woods jumped on his first Power 5 offer when he committed to Baylor last month.
But based on the coaches who have travelled to Steele High School in Cibolo, Texas this spring, the 6-foot-3, 180-pound safety might soon have a few more options. That could include Notre Dame, which sent cornerbacks coach Todd Lyght to check out Woods last week.
Woods started all 15 games at the 6AA level last season, posting 90 tackles, four tackles for loss, one interception and two forced fumbles. In other words, there was plenty for Lyght to see.
In addition to Baylor, Woods also has offers from Houston, Army, Navy and Colorado State.
“Coach (Todd) Lyght came to one of our practices,” Woods said. “He talked very highly of me. He said he liked the way I played, stuff like that. He came by Thursday.”
Now the Irish want Woods to see South Bend.
“Me and coach (Lyght) were talking about a visit and I’ve been discussing it with my parents,” Woods said. “It would be in June, they have something going on for June 10 (Irish Invasion) and 11. It was short notice and it would be a big trip that we would have to plan but I’m not shooting it down.”
Although he’s committed elsewhere, a Notre Dame offer isn’t something Woods would ignore.
“Notre Dame is definitely a school I would consider,” Woods said. “Anything could happen, so I definitely still want to have options to create other doors and stuff like that. So, Notre Dame is a place that I would consider.”
Although Woods grew up in the heart of Texas, the Irish are nothing new to the big-hitting safety.
“My grandfather was actually really into Notre Dame, the movie ‘Rudy,’” Woods said. “Growing up, I really liked watching Golden Tate play. I’ve known about Notre Dame, it was one of my favorite schools as a kid. Notre Dame isn’t anything new. They used to come down for the Irish Classic for baseball, so me and my dad used to go to that when it came every year or so.”
Aside from his talent and ideal safety size, Woods is a top student.
He boasts Ivy League offers from Columbia, Yale and Brown.
“My parents are very adamant on grades, so I guess you can add that to my pros,” Woods said. “I have good grades. I want to study molecular biology. (My parents) love Notre Dame. The education is definitely something that they’re high on too. The same thing with me, they’re high on opening new doors for me and opportunities.
“I got a 1070 on my SAT and a 21 on my ACT. I’ll be taking them again this summer. I have a 3.7 GPA.”
Another potential fit for Woods is Stanford. The rising safety has been hearing from the Cardinal and may visit Palo Alto this summer.
Woods is very familiar with one of Notre Dame’s top offensive recruits, who stars for cross-town Samuel Clemens.
“I’m very good friends with Tommy (Bush),” Woods said. “The school he goes to, is our rival, basically. He’s a very good kid. His parents raised him very well. We run track together too, so we’re very competitive.”
Speaking of track, Woods posted impressive times at the recent Texas state track championship.
“My 110 (meter) hurdle time is a 13.8-flat and my 100-meter dash time is a 10.82,” Woods said.
Once Woods comes to his final decision, early enrollment will be his next decision.
“That’s definitely something that me and my parents have been talking about, going back and forth on the table,” Woods said. “My mom wants me to stay and my dad wants me to leave early. It’s definitely something that I’m considering highly.”
The Irish have been rounding up many top recruits for their Irish Invasion camp. Woods is one of many recently contacted recruits they would like to assess during a summer visit.