Let’s not make too much of first impressions.
For Charlotte (NC) Justus Woods, Stanford may not have been linked to pleasant memories. When he was at a camp last offseason at The Farm, he tore his hamstring. He went through the rehab process but he did note it affected his 2016 season.
That bad memory is an afterthought after he committed to the Cardinal on Thursday. Despite dealing with the injury, the three-star running back rushed for 907 yards and 12 touchdowns last year. He caught 25 passes for 293 yards and six additional scores.
The 6-foot-1, 190-pound running back chose the Cardinal over Duke, Northwestern, UCLA, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin.
North Carolina is an area of interest for the Cardinal, who have also offered four-star defensive end KJ Henry, four-star linebacker Dax Hollifield and four-star linebacker Payton Wilson.
Here is Scout’s evaluation of Woods:
Woods is a big, physical running back. He has good vision and is a patient runner. Woods shows good anticipation and has quick feet. He is decisive and an extremely effective when running downhill. Woods is also versatile and catches the ball well. Woods needs to continue to get stronger and add weight, but he has a high ceiling and should be an impact player early in his college career.
Woods is the second commitment of the 2018 class for the Cardinal, joining four-star quarterback Jack West.