Jihad Woods (@_JW12_ERA) May 8, 2015
Defensive coordinator Alex Grinch let Woods know he was a priority for Leach and Washington State.
“He is a great recruiter, with all the letters coming in and staying in contact with me -- he was in contact with me the most out of all the schools recruiting me. He was the one showing me a lot of love," said Woods.
Washington State back in April was the first school to offer Woods out of Helix High. He was seeing varying interest from Arizona, Washington, Oregon State, San Jose State, SDSU and others.
Woods said WSU likes him at the WIL or MIK linebacker at the Pac-12 level.
"I thought I’d fit in well with their defense and that I could make an impact immediately. I also talked to Coach (Ken) Wilson and really liked him," said Woods.
Woods said he's looking to take an unofficial visit to WSU this summer sometime in June or July.
"They liked my speed," said Woods of Grinch and Wazzu. "They're recruiting speed now and they liked how I can get sideline to sideline."
"He's not the tallest guy but he plays big and is physical, active and rangy. He's a sure tackler and does a good job getting into the backfield and is adept in coverage," says Scout.com National Recruiting Analyst Brandon Huffman.
Woods joins QB Ian Book as the second known member of Washington State's 2016 class.
His highlight tape is chock full of big hits.