Woods Says He's Committed

E.J. Woods, the 6-1, 205-pound safety prospect from Encino (Calif.) Crespi who verbally committed to UCLA last month -- and then told us right after he wasn't committed -- now has everything straight in his mind, he says, and he is committed to UCLA...,

Encino (Calif.) Crespi safety E.J. Woods (6-2, 196) committed to UCLA on the first Saturday in March.

Yet, just days later, he called us to say he was wasn't committed to UCLA.

Now, Woods said he is back and now considers himself fully committed to the Bruins.

"I am committed to UCLA," said Woods, who de-committed because he wanted to keep his options open due to academics. "I was looking at it and just saw the big picture and I needed to take care of some things, but I'm all squared away now and I'm working on my grades so they'll be fine."

The day Woods committed, he joined seven other prospects who verballed to the Bruin staff that day. Woods said it wasn't a matter of getting caught up in the euphoria of everyone committing but he did spend some time thinking it through following the commitment. After he chose to de-commit, he reminded himself of why he committed in the first place and let the coaches know he was back on board.

"I love UCLA and that's where I've always wanted to go," said Woods. "They lose a lot of seniors so I have a chance to come in and play right away. They're bringing me in as an athlete but I think I'm going to play free safety."

Woods will carry the ball for Crespi this fall, splitting time with Austin Shanks, and said that running back isn't out of the realm of possibility when he arrives in Westwood. "It'll be hard, especially with them bringing in Raymond (Carter), but there is a chance I could play running back," said Woods. "Honestly, I'll play whatever."

Woods said he's since turned his attention to recruiting his teammate, tight end Joseph Fauria, who UCLA has offered and is fast becoming one of the top tight end targets in the nation. "I'm working on Fauria now," said Woods. "He's liking Nebraska and Stanford with UCLA, but I'm trying."

Woods is running track for the Celts but said he would be at UCLA's opening spring practice on Thursday as well as on Saturday.

He will be participating in the Scout.com Combine later this month.

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