Woodlief: "I'm Just A Headhunter"

While the summer football tour of unofficial visits and combines keeps Matt Woodlief busy and in shape, it's not what the Bandys (NC) High School linebacker likes about football. Saturday at the Shrine Bowl invitation only practice, Woodlief showed onlookers just what he likes about football, getting mean and physical, laying hard hits on the opposing offense.

"It's great coming back," Matt Woodlief said of Saturday's event. "Not wearing shoulder pads and helmets for 5-6 months and then coming out here with the best of the best in North Carolina is a great feeling."

While many of the best high school athletes shy away from contact, that's what Woodlief loves. "I'm a go-getter," he said. "That's my job at my high school. Big players make big plays and my coach expects that from me. I'm just a headhunter. Everytime I see a ballcarrier with the ball I just go after them. I try to punish people all the time, all the time."

That attitude and intensity has already earned Woodlief two D-I scholarships along with interest from many of the top schools in the region. "Wake and UNC are the only ones that have offered," he said. "I've got other schools looking like Virginia Tech, N.C. State, Tennessee, ECU, Duke, and that's it."

Woodlief, who is looking for where he can "get the most playing time and which school has the best academics," notes that two schools stick out for him at this juncture in his recruitment. "Wake's my highest choice right now and UNC's #2," he said. "Wake, it's a small school but everything is great there. They've got a great coaching staff. Same thing with UNC – it's a whole lot bigger though. UNC's got beautiful facilities and stadium but Wake's the same way."

At this point, Woodlief has set his commitment timeframe at August or September, though that could change. "I don't know when I'll commit but probably August or September when football season starts, but I might wait until after football season."


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