Brentwood Academy (Nashville, TN) star defensive end/offensive guard Woody Baron will be part of a frequent “Diary” feature on TSL this fall and winter. The standout prospect, one of 24 high school seniors committed to the Hokies, had offers from Duke, Louisville, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest before pledging to Coach Beamer and company on July 9.
In this edition, Baron provides background on his football career and his time at Brentwood. He also provides the latest on his team, which is off to a 2-1 start in 2011.
Woody Baron ‘s football, Brentwood background
Baron is entering his sixth year at Brentwood Academy, a private school that serves students from grades 6-12. He was a bit apprehensive about the move at first, but now is singing the school’s praises.
“My mom thought it would be a good move for me athletically, but academically it’s also amazing,” said Baron, who is originally from Chicago, Illinois. “This is my sixth year here and I’m absolutely in love with it. It has helped me grow in so many ways.”
Football is of course a big part of Baron’s life, and a love for the game began early.
“In Pee-Wee league, before the season started, I hated practice. We won our first game. I fell in love with the feeling of winning,” said Baron, who played on the offensive and defensive lines even back then.
“I just love to play football. You can put me out there as a punter. Put me out there as a referee. I just want to be out there.”
Former Virginia Tech standout Jim Baron has been instrumental in his nephew’s success on the gridiron. His influence has been more than just athletic, though.
“As far as life goes, he’s one of my biggest critics. He’s my coach on and off the field,” Baron said of Jim. “I live with my uncle. After practice, he gives me tips. He has molded me into the football player I am today. He has been huge in my development.”
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