Upland (Calif.) linebacker Josh Woods (6-3, 200), has had a great start to his senior season, and after flourishing on the spring camp and 7v7 circuit, is fitting in nicely at Upland, playing on both sides of the ball.
The newest member into the Scout 300 for the 2015 class, Woods, who committed to UCLA in the summer, is now a four-star and showing all the makings of a player who’s best football is still ahead of him.
Woods committed to the Bruins not but a couple hours after they offered, an offer he thought might not come until his senior year.
After having to sit out his junior season after transferring, Woods diligently hit the camp and 7v7 circuit, and camped at UCLA, and made an impression on the Bruin coaches, who just wanted to see some senior film.
But the more the Bruin coaches thought about it, they didn’t want to wait and risk losing on Woods.
Despite taking a visit to Washington State, Woods says he’s locked in with the Bruins.
“It’s pretty solid,” said Woods. “I took the visit to Washington State to solidify it a little bit. But I’m solid with my decision.”
“Kameron and Tyler were nudging me to go with them,” said Woods. “I wanted to see what they had to offer. Washington State was really nice and how they redid everything was good. It’s a college town. You can tell they’re moving forward as a program.”
Woods still may take a few more visits, but said UCLA is cool with it.
Woods is playing running back along with linebacker and credits a former UCLA linebacker and a current Bruin backer for his ability to play both, potentially doing the two at the next level.
“Pretty much everyone is recruiting me as a linebacker, but now that they’ve seen me as a running back, maybe the Myles Jack package could be in my future,” said Woods. “But I think it was really Anthony Barr who kind of opened the door for that. Him coming out of high school as a running back then UCLA converting him opened it up. I did it earlier than he did, I did it in high school, but Barr and Myles showed athletes could go both ways.”
While defense is his destination at UCLA, Woods said he’s not opposed to running the ball.
“Coach Meat (Demetrice Martin) and Coach Brick (Jeff Ulbrich), just joking around, tell me they won’t show the offensive coaches my film if they talk about getting me some carries,” said Woods.
Woods hears from head coach Jim Mora often.
“I talked to Coach Mora a lot when I committed and now he sends me inspirational messages and videos,” said Woods.
“I haven’t set my UCLA visit up yet, I’m checking which game I want to do it for and I’ll schedule it soon,” said Woods.
Upland is 4-2 on the season and plays Chino Hills (Calif.) on Friday in Baseline League action.