Cats grab attention of Vols commit

Among many top performers at Kentucky's Sunday Showcase Camp, Jaylond Woods may have shined as bright as anyone.

The 2015 prospect from Clinton, Tenn., has been committed to the Tennessee Volunteers for more than a year, but made his way to Lexington over the weekend to camp with the Wildcats.

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It didn't take on-lookers long to realize there was a special talent on the field as the 5-foot-11, 170-pound wide receiver/defensive back made one impressive catch after another. Afterward, Woods got to spend some one-on-one time talking to UK head coach Mark Stoops.

"Coach Stoops talked me after the camp to tell me he's interested in me," Woods said. "They think I can do great things in their high-powered offense.

"I told him I'll listen to what the Cats have to offer. Before I committed, I never thought about Kentucky. Now, UK has my interest."

The UK boss told Woods that he would respect the player's long-standing commitment to the Vols, but if Woods wanted to be recruited by the Cats, his staff would stay in touch.

Woods said his commitment to Tennessee is strong, but noted "When I committed to Tennessee, I told Coach (Butch) Jones, I still wanted to go through the recruitment process."

He currently lists seven schools that have his interest. "Tennessee is my favorite, but Auburn or Florida State would be No. 2 with Georgia, Mississippi State, Ohio State and Kentucky finishing out the others."

While in Lexington, Woods was able to get a tour of the UK football facilities.

"The coaches took me on a tour of the football facilities," Woods said. "The facilities at Kentucky were actually pretty good. I liked the structure of the facilities and the workout facility looked pretty good as well. I was pleasantly surprised on how nice the facilities were at UK."

Are the Cats a legit contender now?

"If the coaches at UK want me, I'll come for another visit," he said. "It's a possibility."

As a junior, Woods had 594 yards rushing and nine touchdowns as well as 214 yards receiving and two touchdowns while playing at Lenior City. He transferred to Clinton this spring.

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