THE BIG QUESTION -- can running back Storm Woods earn significant playing time as a true freshman? It's a question that wasn't even on the radar a few weeks back but with Jacquizz Rodgers leaving for the NFL, it might be time for Beaver fans to be on "Storm Watch"…

The running back competition will be a wide open battle royale in 2011, with Ryan McCants, Jovan Stevenson, Jordan Jenkins, Terron Ward, Malcolm Marable and Malcolm Agnew all in the mix.

Along with Storm Woods.

While there is a lot of competition, the Beavers are not afraid to start a true freshman at RB – they did it with Jacquizz Rodgers.

Woods' film shows a bruising downhill power runner, but one with elusiveness and breakaway speed (4.5 40-yard dash) as well.

Despite strong pushes by Oklahoma, LSU and Utah, and the rumor machine working overdrive, Woods remained solid in his commitment and signed with OSY on Wednesday. He's oft-described as a power runner who does not know the meaning of the word, "quit", and piled up over 1,200 yards and 20 touchdowns in his senior season at Pflugerville High.

The 6-0, 205 pounder early to the Beavers (7/01/10) over offers from TCU and Tulane and remained true to his word despite aggressive, last-minute pressure from several schools—perhaps most notably Utah, who tried to get Woods to trip there recently but to no avail. Many recruiting observers felt that Woods' early commit to OSU stopped a lot of quality pursuit early on.

He said he chose OSU for two primary reasons --the success of fellow Texans Jacquizz and James Rodgers and the family atmosphere at OSU.

"It is beautiful (at OSU)," says Woods. "And very family oriented. It felt like a home away from home. The coaching staff was down to earth. It was amazing how they were just able to be themselves."

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