Woods Caught up in Emotions, "Soft Verbal"

The Bulls staff thought they filled another need when they received a commitment from WR Anthony Leon Woods out of Lake Gibson HS this past weekend after SuperBull Saturday. Since then things have changed slightly. Read on for all the details, and where the Bulls stand for the coveted receiver. Stay informed with USFNation.com

Lake Gibson receiver Leon Woods is a name that Bulls fans are now becoming very familiar with. The star receiver committed to USF after the teams SuperBull camp this past Saturday, since then things have changed.

USFNation caught up with Leon to do a more in-depth interview after he's had a few days to talk things over with his family, but this time we got a slightly amended version of his commitment story.

"When I got home, my mom thought I may have committed too early," said Woods. "And maybe I did, maybe I got caught up in all of it."

"I was with Josh (Garvin) and we were talking about the school, the direction of the USF program, what they are going to do," said Woods. "I told him I thought they are going to do some big things. I was talking about going there and they are one of my top options, and wanted to be a part of something special. He said if you want to, just do it, and I did. Maybe I got caught up in all the emotions."

Woods 6'3-185 pounds was key component to Lake Gibson's offense last season, finishing with 40 catches for 786 yards, with 10 scores, and a rushing TD on a 10 yard reverse. Leon was also a threat on special teams returning two kick-offs for scores including a 96-yarder, and scored on a punt return. In route to being named First team All County and Third Team All State.

"He's a gamer and does a great job of staying focused," said Head coach Keith Demyer. "Many guys can catch the easy ones and the big plays, but Leon is very consistent, and has great hands, catching the ball with his hands not his body. Once he makes the catch, he's about as dangerous of a receiver that I've ever had, and has a chance to break it anywhere on the field."

To many fans outside of Lakeland, Woods was a relatively unknown, however he is not an under the radar prospect, maybe by the media he is, but not by college recruiters who know of him very well, sending letters and have been stopping by practices regularly.

"Every time I turn around he has another offer I don't know about," said Demyer. "USF, Auburn, Tennessee, Kansas, Ole Miss, BC, Louisville, Alabama, UCF, are some, and others including FSU are showing major interest. He could have more, but it's hard to keep up unless they send me the letters."

With that being said, what is Wood's stance on the commitment he made?

"I like USF a lot, but I didn't really want to commit too early and want to keep my options open, so it's a soft verbal"

"Besides USF, I also like FSU, Alabama, & Louisville," said Woods. "But right now USF is at the top of my list."

Even though Woods wants to keep his options open he knows what he likes about the hometown Bulls.

"I like USF mainly because it's close to home, I can be by my family, my sister, and my niece," said Leon. "They're going to do some big things, and I like the program a lot."

Woods and his teammates were going to go to the Addias 7-on-7 camp at UCF this weekend, but the coach has decided not bring his team to the camp and spend the time in the weight room, but will be attending the USF Sling & shoot in July.

Stay tuned with USFNation.com as we follow what will be a heated recruitment of Leon Woods throughout the season.

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