Woods is Back Onboard UCLA

The elite safety prospect from Encino (Calif.) Crespi, E.J. Woods, said, not too long ago, it didn't look like he was going to go to UCLA, the school he had verbally committed to. But some things changed since and so has his opinion of UCLA...

The hand-wringing over the commitment Encino (Calif.) Crespi safety E.J. Woods (6-2, 196) can come to an end.

According to Woods, who answered questions posed by UCLA fans in a BRO Chat Thursday night, he's back on the UCLA commitment list. Woods told Scout.com on Thursday night that he's completely committed to the Bruins.

"I'm back and 100% committed to UCLA now," said Woods. "It was a long, confusing process for me. At one time, I was only focusing on Colorado and Washington. Then UCLA kept Coach (DeWayne) Walker and then I got a good score on my SAT. So I'm back to being solid with UCLA."

Woods, in fact, will take his official visit to Westwood this weekend, and he said that official visits didn't necessarily help him in the process.

"I would tell anyone to only take two official visits. I think recruits should only be allowed to take a couple. Because anymore than that confuses everything," said Woods. "I visited Washington and Colorado and really liked both. I wanted to get out of state and my family wanted me to go out of state. But the more I thought about it, the more UCLA was for me."

Woods said that he's anxiously awaiting Signing Day, and he's adamant that the drama of his recruitment is over. "I'm done this time for good," said Woods.

Woods had a chance to meet with Rick Neuheisel last weekend when he took in an unofficial visit to UCLA during the Bruins basketball game with Washington State.

"I was there with some of the other guys like Anthony Dye and we talked with Coach Neuheisel. He's got a lot of passion and enthusiasm and he's really excited about being at UCLA. He said he's going to bring us a Pac-10 championship and compete for national championships," said Woods.

Woods said that while he wouldn't mind getting a chance to carry the ball or fielding punts and kicks, the plan for him is to come in and play strong safety. "Coach Walker told me that they need me at safety because they don't have a lot of guys back there. I played linebacker all through high school so they want me in closer to the box," said Woods.


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