Woodlief: Status Quo

After the unexpected recruiting blowup a few weeks back with Dennis Godfrey and Marshall Williams committing in consecutive weeks, many recruitniks immediately wondered if Matt Woodlief, who is considered a Wake Forest lean, would follow suit.

However, Matthew Woodlief, a 5-foot-10, 235-pound linebacker from Catawba (N.C.) Bandys, has placed his recruitment on the backburner focusing more on his senior football season. This year, Woodlief will be counted on as a team leader and a larger part of an offense that lost a speedy all-area tailback to graduation.

"I'll be going both ways," said Woodlief. "Chris Spade, we lost him. Coach told me I should get the ball 10-12 times [per game] this year. Last year I was just a blocker and only got the ball about 44 times."

Woodlief will use the extra reps at fullback to help decide which position he'd rather play at the next level since his two favorites – North Carolina and Wake Forest – are recruiting him at different positions – fullback and linebacker, respectively.

"It's going to be a hard decision [on] what do I want to play in college – fullback or linebacker," said Woodlief. "Fullback wise, I love running the ball, making contact, and running over people."

His recruited position isn't the only factor being weighed. Woodlief will also be looking at playing time and academics.

"First of all, I'm looking at which school I'm going to get more playing time," said Woodlief. "And which school is going to have the best program that I'm going to major in and which school has the best education. But don't get me wrong, Wake and Carolina are both good schools and I can't go wrong with either one of them."

Woodlief, who hasn't made any unofficial visits or attended any camps in the past few months, says little has changed with his favorites.

"It's basically the same," said Woodlief. "It's going to be a tough decision. I'm still undecided of where I want to go but [North] Carolina and Wake [Forest] are my two.

"I hope to make a decision before football starts or probably near the middle of the season. I'm not rushing myself though."


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