Woods Locked In For Visit

Jan. 20 -- The Upland (Calif.) linebacker and UCLA commit, Josh Woods, will take his official to UCLA the weekend before Signing Day...

Few players made jumps in the rankings this season like Upland (Calif.) linebacker Josh Woods (6-3, 200).

After sitting out his junior year after transferring, Woods had a terrific junior year and looked every bit what a Scout 300 prospect looks like with still plenty of upside, considering he just recently turned 17 and is nowhere near a finished product.

Woods committed to UCLA before the season started and has stayed solid to the Bruins, but Oregon, who recently offered, is making a late push.

“I’m waiting for Oregon to come out for an in-home,” said Woods. “They want me to visit officially but nothing has been set yet. If I were to take a visit, it would be this weekend. Coach (Don) Pellum is supposed to come by this week.”

What is set is a visit to UCLA the weekend before Signing Day.

“I still have my official visit to UCLA on the 30th,” said Woods.

UCLA assistant coach Demetrice Martin will be back in Woods’ home this week and will have defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbrich with him at some point.

“The first day they could come to the school last week, Coach Meat came by the school,” said Woods. “He’ll be back out this week and next week, he and Coach Brick are coming by. Coach (Jim) Mora already came for an in-home with me in December with Coach Meat and Coach Brick.”

Woods said that Boise State, Arizona and Washington State have all continued to recruit him (he officially visited Washington State), but that he’s really only considering UCLA and Oregon.

“We’ll see if I end up taking the official visit to Oregon,” said Woods. “But I’m locked in for my visit to UCLA.”

Woods said there is also a chance he could enroll in time for spring practice at UCLA.

“Coach Mora and the staff want to get me there as early as possibly to learn the formations,” said Woods. “So we’re trying to see if that will happen. I’m not sure I could do that with Oregon, but it looks like I can at UCLA. I just need to talk more with my parents about it.”

Woods said that there is a potential opportunity for carries at running back too down the line at UCLA.

“If they need me to, I’ll probably be able to do it after Myles (Jack) leaves, but they only have so many carries for linebackers,” said Woods.

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