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UCLA and Stanford targeting 2018 three-star RB Justus Woods

Mar. 13 -- Charlotte (N.C.) Christian running back Justus Woods is making progress with his recruitment and could narrow his list of schools soon...

It has been a busy few months for running back Justus Woods.

The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Woods has added several offers and taken multiple visits.

UCLA became the latest school to pull the trigger earlier this week.

"UCLA is a really good school and it's a huge offer," Woods said. "I'm really blessed and thankful to receive it. They're a big-time football program and everybody knows about them. I definitely have them on my radar now and I'm definitely looking into them.

"I've been talking to (running backs) coach (Deshaun) Foster and I like that he played for the Carolina Panthers for seven years. We also have the same running style and he likes to recruit taller, bigger, backs like myself. He's said I'm the type of player he's looking for at UCLA.

"They've also produced a lot of great running backs through the years and that's something that gets my attention. I'm going to talk to my parents about going out there because I definitely thinks it's a place I'd like to see. It would probably be sometime this summer."


He visited Stanford last weekend.

"We actually flew in on Thursday night and got to campus on Friday morning," Woods said. "It was really good and I was able go in-depth with the coaches.  I got a lot of questions answered and my parents got a lot of questions answered. I also spent a lot of one-on-one time with coach (Ron) Gould, who's the new running backs coach. He's a great man and we've gotten to know each other really well over the past few weeks.

"We were able to tour all the facilities and meet with some of the academic advisors. I even had a chance to sit in on a class, which was really interesting. Then we watched them practice and that was definitely my favorite part. The intensity stood out to me. They gave 100 percent the entire time. The offensive linemen were also impressive. They were some of the biggest guys I've ever seen.

"I also got spend some time with one of my former teammates (junior offensive lineman) Brian Chaffin. It was good to catch up with him and connect with the players. It was also good to see that we have similar personalities and share similar values."

Along with the aforementioned schools, DukeNorthwesternVanderbiltVirginiaVirginia Tech and Wisconsin have offered him among others. 

Woods is not ready to name any favorites, but hopes to make some decisions in the near future.

"Hopefully, I'll be able to narrow my list down sometime this spring," Woods said. "I'm not sure how many, but maybe three or four schools. It just depends on how I feel. I'm still wide open and evaluating all my options."

Woods finished his junior season with 907 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns and 293 yards receiving and six more scores.

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