Homecoming for Woodward

RaiderPower.com Recruiting Senior Writer Scott Fitzgerald catches up with a Leander recruit.

Signing day for Caleb Woodward, a two star WR/DB out of Leander High School near the Austin area will be a coming home of sorts for the senior recruit.

"I was born at Covenant Hospital (in Lubbock)" said Woodward. "I grew up in Lamesa, and after we moved, I spent every summer there until I was in eighth grade."

Woodward turned heads of the Texas Tech coaches this past summer where he, as a relatively unknown at Texas Tech's camp, battled and more than held his own against some of the best in the state both offensively and defensively.

"I was a backup last year, and when I went to camp it didn't matter to them," said Woodward.  "They asked me to do some drills as a defensive back and I did them and they offered me a scholarship. They showed faith in me, and it meant a lot."

This season, Woodward has taken center stage for Leander, as  he's accounted for over 2000 yards (1465 rushing and 605 passing) and 27 TDs (22 rush, 5 pass), primarily as a QB.

Woodward has also lined up as a wideout this season as well, catching 3 passes, two of them for TDs.

"Earlier in the year, I was used only at QB, but opposing offenses figured us out and now I'm lining some up all over the field. Running back, quarterback, inside receiver, outside receiver, you name it. But I'm taking most of the snaps at quarterback."

 Leander takes its next step in the playoffs versus Corpus Christi Flower Bluff Saturday in San Antonio. When football season is finished, Woodward will lace up the basketball sneakers and take the floor for the Lions hoops team as well. Want another test to his athleticism?

"I played center at just over 6 feet tall and I earned all district." (editorial – Works for me.)

Where will Woodward end up playing when he dons the Red and Black?

"I'm thinking probably defensive back or receiver. It doesn't really matter to me. I just want to make an early impact," said Woodward. 

With all four members of the secondary graduating, the opportunity to play early will probably be on defense, which would give Woodward the chance to replace one of his favorite current Red Raiders.

"I love watching Cody Davis," said Woodward. "He's tenacious and he's always around the ball."

Davis may be his favorite, but it's Davis' defensive backfield mate D.J. Johnson that he may end up emulating. Johnson was also a relatively unknown prospect from the Austin area that played quarterback in high school and wound up starting all four years for Texas Tech. 

Woodward is "100 percent" in his commitment and will visit campus officially in January. Coach John Lovett is scheduled to visit Woodward at his home Thursday night.

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