Robert Woods Commits to USC

It has been a very good week for Gardena Serra athlete Robert Woods. The explosive playmaker recently took over the throne as Scout.com's top-rated wide receiver in the 2010 recruiting class, and today he let it be known that he has committed to play for Pete Carroll and the USC Trojans.

It has been a very good week for Gardena Serra athlete Robert Woods. The explosive playmaker recently took over the throne as Scout.com's top-rated wide receiver in the 2010 class, and today he let it be known that he has committed to play for Pete Carroll and the USC Trojans.

"It was pretty exciting," Woods said. "I called the coaches, with my parents listening and told them that I want to be a Trojan. You could hear all of the coaches screaming and stuff like that."

Woods, who was one of the most sought after recruits on the west coast, picked the Trojans over Stanford and UCLA because of his connection with the players and the up tempo practices.

"The practice is pretty high tempo and the players work to be No.1 in the nation and they want to be the best," Woods said. "It shows at their practices that they are all dedicated."

Woods was recruited by USC linebacker coach Ken Norton Jr. and the two developed a strong bond from the start.

"He's a great guy. My parents knew a little bit about him because he grew up in Carson for a while," Woods said. "That connection was there and he seemed like he would be a great mentor for me and my future at USC. "He seems like the right guy to mentor me and lead me in the right direction."

At USC, the Serra standout will team up with two former Pop Warner teammates, Byron Moore and fellow 2010 commit Dion Bailey.

"We all played since Pop Warner at the park and we all wanted to go to the same college, but we never thought it would be real," Woods said. "It's happening now at USC and it's basically like playing for my Pop Warner team again. We are all guys that want to win, have fun and do something with our lives."

The chance to stay close to home and play in front of his family and friends was another major plus for the Woods family.

"That was the part that we talked about before with other schools like Tennessee and Oklahoma," Robert Woods Sr. explained. "You definitely want your kid close by so that we can go to the games. That did play a big part in it."

While his commitment is solid, the 6-foot-2, 185-pound receiver still plans to take a few visits.

"He would still like to see some other schools," Woods Sr. said. "We are still going to visit Stanford and UCLA."

With the news, Woods becomes the 13th commitment in the Trojans' 2010 class and the second five-star prospect.

Robert Woods Scouting Report from Scout.com:

Woods is the type of athlete that makes everything look easy. He doesn't look like he's running that hard, but he's gliding by everyone. He adjusts well to the ball in the air and makes hard catches look easy. He has soft, but strong hands that can catch a pass over the shoulder, or snag a pass out of mid-air that's thrown on a rope. While he has terrific straight line speed, he's also adept at getting excellent separation.


Five-star wide receiver Robert Woods became the 13th commitment in USC's 2010 class.


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