Woods commits to Vanderbilt

After losing Dominic Walker, the Vanderbilt staff was hoping to land another big, physical wide receiver to this year's recruiting class. This weekend they got their wish with a commitment from DeAndre Woods, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound athlete from Clay-Chalkville (Ala.) High School, who was visiting for the Auburn game.

"It was my first time at Vanderbilt," said DeAndre Woods. "I went too see the game on an unofficial visit and it went real good. I had that feeling that this was a good place for me to be. I knew I wanted to go to Vanderbilt and I let Coach Franklin know. He was real excited and welcomed me as part the family. I must have shaken 50 different hands while I was there.

"I went with my Mom. She wanted me to go to Vanderbilt, so she was very happy when I told her [my decision]. I got to meet a lot of the players like Archibald Barnes, Jordan Matthews, and Corey Batey. I love everything about Vanderbilt and the city of Nashville."

James Franklin continues to do well recruiting in Alabama. This year's squad features freshman Torey Agee, Harding Harper, and Torren McGaster from the Yellowhammer State. Woods looks to step in next season and learn from another Alabama native, Jordan Matthews, on his role within the Commodore offense.

"Vanderbilt needs some big receivers," Woods said. "I feel like I can come in and be a piece to the program they need to win an SEC championship. I like Coach Gattis a lot. He's a good coach who I believe is going to push me into becoming the player and man I need to be."

At Clay-Chalkville, Woods plays for one of the top teams in the state. The Cougars are 7-1 with two games remaining before the playoffs.

"We just lost our first game on Friday night," he said. "If we keep working and grinding and are able to move past the loss, I think we can make a deep run in the playoffs. I've done pretty well. I have four touchdowns and have been doing a lot of blocking. I'm just doing whatever it takes to help the team win a championship. After the season, I'm not playing any other sports. I'll be hitting the weight room to get my body physically ready for the next level."

The Cougars had their home winning streak of 18 snapped by visiting Huntsville on Friday, 21-20. They hope to redeem themselves this weekend with a trip to Lee of Huntsville.

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