Sophomore safety Jaiden Woodbey maybe two years away from signing a letter of intent, but the St. John Bosco defensive back is already getting scholarship offers.
Cal, UCLA and Louisville have already offered Woodbey a scholarship, and with his size and speed, that list will grow significantly this off season.
“UCLA, Cal and Louisville have all offered me as an athlete, although UCLA has talked to me more as a DB,” said Woodbey. “I took an unofficial visit to UCLA in October and it’s a great school.
“I liked it, but I still have two more years to think about college, so I’m going to take some more visits to see how it compares. I’m not leaning toward any school right now. I’m neutral as far as that goes.”
With plenty of time to take unofficial visits and research each college, Woodbey has a wish list of options he hopes to have by this time next year.
“I’d like to visit LSU, Miami, Florida State and Oklahoma,” said Woodbey. “USC is another school I want to hear more from. I haven’t really had any contact from them — no mail or anything.
“USC is, well, USC. Everybody wants to go there. I don’t care what you say, everybody wants to go to USC. I just like the school overall.
“I haven’t taken an unofficial yet, but going to the games, I just like the atmosphere that’s produced over there. With all of those schools, the atmosphere and football is just big.
“Growing up, I used to watch football with my dad and brother. We use to watch those schools because they use to be powerhouses — and still are, really. It would just be nice to have those schools as options when I’m picking a college.”
Woodbey’s father played for USC in the early 90’s, although it’s a subject the Ground Zero seven-on-seven product doesn’t talk much about because he wants to make his own name at the next level.
He’d also like to make a name for himself in business.
“I want to study finance, so I’m looking at schools that are good in that major,” said Woodbey. “I’d like to own my own business and be an entrepreneur. I want to have my own brand, like a clothing company — maybe shoes like Michael Jordan.”
Woodbey will attend USC’s junior day this week and try to visit the Arizona schools this spring as well. While most schools are recruiting him as athlete, Woodbey admits he likes playing defense the most.
“I’m a football player first and foremost,” said Woodbey. “I do like the defensive side of the ball a little more tough, so my time will fluctuate between safety, corner and maybe some over the slot in the nickel. At St. John Bosco, I’m supposed to be starting at safety this season.”
Woodbey is slated to attended St. John Bosco at present date. Teaming up with fellow 2018 safety phenom Stephan Blaylock, Woodbey looks forward to the Pac-5 competition.
“I’m excited about all of the great teams we’ll be playing next year,” said Woodbey. “Valor Christian, Bishop Gorman, and then if if we make it deep into the playoffs, we’ll play Centennial again. That top notch competition will help me get ready for the next level.”