Woodyard Expects To Contribute Immediately

Six-foot-4, 200-pound defensive end Donte Woodyard who told Syracuse back in September that he wanted to be an Orangemen, feels that he can contribute immediately. Woodyard was one of the first recruits to send in his signed letter this morning.<br><br>

Woodyard was a 2003 PrepStar All-American and a 2002 second-team all-state selection. He was rated the No. 33 prospect in the Mid-Atlantic region by SuperPrep. He recorded 140 tackles, including five sacks as a junior.

"I went there for the spring game and liked it. I think I can make an immediate impact there."

Woodyard said that the coaches have told him he would play outside linebacker.

"I've been the highest on them all year," Woodyard said about Syracuse. "They have a great program, a lot of the things I'm looking for. I think I'll be able to fit in really well there and the timing just made sense."

Woodyard picked the Orangemen over a host of others, including Boston College, Purdue, Kent State, Connecticut and Marshall.

At the Nike Camp last summer, Woodyard ran the 40-yard dash in 5.1 and had a vertical jump of 23.6 Syracuse has also received signed letters today from cornerbacks Stacy Brown, and Jhamal Fluellen, offensive tackles David Bouchard, Ryan Ehrie and Corey Chavers, running back Kareem Jones, wide receivers Daniel Bailey, Quinton Brown, J.J. Bedle, Rice Moss and Diego Oquendo; fullback Tony Fiammetta, tight end Thomas Ferron, linebackers Robert Jackson, Jonathan Pierre-Etienne and Donte Woodyard, safeties A.J. Brown and Ben Maljovec, and defensive lineman Nick Santiago.

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