JC Profile: West Los Angeles CB Talibb Woods

JC corners are some of the most sought-after prospects in recruiting, because they can come in and play right away wherever they end up. Plugging holes created by attrition or graduation is important with four year schools and West LA CB Talibb Woods (5-11, 185) may be a player schools can bring in this fall if he gets all his coursework completed in time.

"I didn't get a qualifying score out of high school so I had a verbal agreement with Washington State that I would greyshirt if I could get cleared, but that didn't happen," Woods told JCFootball.com. "So I started up in winter of 2006 here and I've been doubling up on courses and taking as many as possible so I could finish up this spring or summer."

Woods, who prepped at Velencia High School in California, had offers from Fresno State, Washington State and Idaho and was recruited by the entire Pac 10 except Stanford and UCLA.

"I was pretty disappointed I didn't get to go up to Wazzu because I think that was a good situation for me, but I've been working hard and I think I'll have a lot of choices when I'm ready to go somewhere," Woods said.

His senior season at Valencia saw him tear the ACL in his right knee only four games into the season, but he still managed to post four interceptions and a touchdown.

Then, last summer he was in a car accident and he suffered some bruised ribs and other injuries.

"That was really frustrating because I was ready to kill it this year," Woods said. "I rehabbed really hard and worked hard to get back and only missed the first two games.

"When I got back things just started to fall into place for me. I got an interception in the first game and then in the second game I got two and then I got one in the third game."

Woods finished the season with five interceptions, 28 tackles and three forced fumbles in seven games.

On the recruiting front, because it's still a question-mark whether he'll finish up this summer, he hasn't seen as much interest as he had hoped, but he's satisfied with what may be out there if he is able to qualify.

"I'm really trying to get out this May, but it's going to be close," Woods said. "I may have to take something during the summer, but I really want to get out and have three years to play.

"Ohio State, Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Iowa, Oregon, Washington State, Arizona and USC are the schools recruiting me right now. The Ohio State coaches know my cousin (Keiwan Ratliff of the Cincinnati Bengals) and they know a lot about me. The only school I would probably go to in the Pac 10 is USC, but Washington was recruiting me pretty hard until I didn't get a good score so they might be one to look at too."

If he doesn't finish up this spring or summer, Woods is intent on playing for West LA this fall and graduating in December so he can be wherever he ends up for spring ball.

We'll have more from Woods as he tries to wrap things up this spring.

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