Brentwood Academy (Nashville, TN) junior Woody Baron was a finalist for DII-AA Lineman Mr. Football honors in the state this past season, the latest honor in what has been an outstanding 3-year career on the varsity level.
“I think Woody has always been a great player. Even when he was in middle school, we could tell he was a great football player,” Brentwood Academy head coach Ralph Potter said. “He has always been a mature person, very goal oriented. He has a plan to get where he wants to be. That kind of maturity has separated him.”
A freshman playing, much less starting, on Brentwood’s varsity level is a rarity according to Coach Potter. Baron, however, showed he could handle the transition prior to his freshman year. After Baron’s 8th grade season had concluded, Potter brought him up to watch practice and “mix it up a little bit” in with the varsity squad.
“Right away, we saw that he was physically and mentally able to play on that level,” Potter said.
Baron didn’t disappoint his freshman year, earning a starting spot at left guard, a position he has now manned for three straight seasons. Playing defensive end in addition to his duties at offensive guard, the talented junior has started on both sides of the ball for two straight years.
On the next level, “I think he could do either one, to be honest with you,” Potter said. “He has the speed, quickness and explosiveness to play defensive end. I also think he could be a really good guard or center.”
Could the 6-3 Baron move inside to defensive tackle in college?
“That depends on how his body continues to develop,” Potter answered. “Right now, he probably would struggle at defensive tackle because he’s not big enough. He’s only a 260-pound guy.”
The nephew of former Virginia Tech defensive lineman Jim Baron, Woody Baron has received an offer from the Hokies. He was in Blacksburg for the February 26 junior day event.
“Virginia Tech is pretty high up on his radar,” Potter said. “I think he’s focused on that to some degree.”
Potter “would not...
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