Commitment Analysis: Josh Woods

We look at what UCLA is getting in the three-star linebacker from Upland (Calif.), Josh Woods...

Profile: Josh Woods
Position: Outside Linebacker
Location: Upland (Calif.)
Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 210 pounds

Ranking: #34 outside linebacker, Three-star.

Recruiting: Woods committed to UCLA over offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, Nevada and Washington State. He attended UCLA's camp in June, and UCLA immediately started recruiting him aggressively without offering. When they offered this week it took Woods a half hour to verbally commit.

The Scouting Report: Woods is one of the more instinctual linebackers we've seen out West in the 2015 class.  He moves really well, has good length and quick hands and for a linebacker, extremely good ball skills.  Really, the only thing he lacks is a lot of experience.  He played varsity at Victor Valley as a sophomore then transferred to Upland as a 2013 junior, and was forced to sit out the season per CIF transfer rules.  But playing all spring and summer, you could see the athleticism and skill-set that made him coveted.  He told us at the Passing Down 7v7 in April that his best position is actually running back and he'll play some of that this fall, but outside linebacker is his destination in college.

Overall Analysis: Despite missing his junior year, Woods hit just about every camp and 7v7 tournament he possibly could this spring and summer to get on the map, including the UCLA Elite Camp, and positioned himself well for more offers as a senior. It looked like he would have to wait until the fall to get an offer from the Bruins, who told him they wanted to see him in pads.  But the UCLA coaches didn't want to wait too long and risk losing Woods, so they offered him this week and he committed within an hour.  Woods is a player we've talked about as a definite potential candidate for four-star once the season starts and we can see him in pads, largely because of how good he looked on the camp circuit in shirt-and-shorts.  If he has the kind of season we expect from a player who's been stellar in camps and 7v7s, he's got an excellent chance of cracking the Scout 300.

How He Fits at UCLA: With a lot of 2015 targets at outside linebacker for UCLA, Woods is actually the first to commit, and even if the Bruins struck out on some other targets, Woods is a very good prospect who gives them at least one at the position.  And if Woods blows up this fall as expected, UCLA already has a commitment from him instead of having to play catch-up with other schools trying to offer in the fall and being even more behind the schools that already did offer.  Woods' best football is ahead of him and this is a very good pick-up for the Bruins. He's versatile, too, that he could end up outside or inside, so he potentially satisfies a couple of needs for the Bruins. And the kicker for Woods?  He's a straight-A student, who pulled off As in AP Calculus and AP Physics as a junior.

Check out film of Woods from a 7v7 tournament this summer.


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