Top WR Verbals to UVa

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Wide receiver is one of the top need positions for UVa in the 2005 recruiting class, and the Cavaliers landed a very good prospect at the position today. Brandon Woods , a 6-2, 205 pound wide receiver out of Southern Durham High School in Durham, North Carolina, verbally committed to the ‘Hoos today.

“Yes, sir, I committed to Virginia,” Woods said. “I committed today. Virginia is going to give me an opportunity to play at a high level while I get a great education. I will have the opportunity to play as a true freshman. I have been to Virginia a few times and I really liked the atmosphere and the way the coaches treat you. They show you a lot of love up there and there is a lot of opportunity. Plus the education part of it is great. I want to major in Business.”

Woods said he was considering Nebraska, Clemson, Georgia, and Tennessee in addition to UVa. He joins fellow teammate Maurice Covington as UVa commitments, though he is quick to say Covington was not a factor in his decision.

“Maurice’s decision had no impact on me,” Woods said. “This decision was about me and my relationship with the coaches. Virginia has wanted me since the 10th grade. They need wide receivers, and I think I could make a big impact for them immediately. I figured out that spots were filling up quickly and I talked with my Coach about it and thought it would be best if I decided. They have a lot of talent already committed, so I wanted to go ahead and do it.”

As a junior, Woods made 36 catches for 857 yards and nine touchdowns. He plays cornerback on defense, and picked off nine passes as a junior. UVa, led by lead recruiter Ron Prince, is recruiting him primarily as a wide receiver.

Woods is looking forward to taking his athleticism to the new-look ACC.

“When I get there, I’m looking to make a big impact on the team,” Woods said. “I think Maurice will help too. The ACC is going to be really good, and I’m looking forward to playing against Miami and Virginia Tech. I’m looking forward to helping Virginia continue to be a winning program.”

Though Woods admits the recruiting process may be tough with schools continuing to recruit him, he is confident in his decision.

“I know it’s going to be tough, but I think I can hold off and follow through with my commitment,” Woods said. “I’m excited about my decision.”

A good student, Woods boasts a 3.3 GPA and has scored