A 37-34 playoff loss to Christian Brothers marked the end of Woody Baron’s outstanding varsity football career at Brentwood Academy (Nashville, TN). Baron played all four years for head coach Ralph Potter, starting at offensive guard since his freshman year and at defensive end since his sophomore year. The 6’1″, 250-pound senior will play in the Toyota East vs West Tennessee All Star Classic on December 10, in what will be his final game on the high school level.
“It has been nothing short of a roller coaster ride, but I’ve enjoyed it,” Baron said of his football career at Brentwood, which finished with a 9-3 record this season. “Our team has been anywhere from 10th in the nation to down where we are now, but I’ve enjoyed the ride.”
Baron enjoyed a big-time junior season, racking up 56 tackles with 17 sacks en route to being a finalist for DII-AA Lineman Mr. Football honors in the state. A strained MCL sidelined the standout lineman for several games this season, but that did nothing to diminish his gridiron experience at Brentwood.
“The injury is just the nature of the game,” Baron said. “You can’t really defend for it or prepare against it. Every day, I’m just trying to get that much better in the game of football. Definitely, from when I walked on campus as a freshman to leaving as a senior, I’ve really noticed an improvement. Of course, you can always get better no matter how good you are. I’m happy with where I’ve brought my speed to. I still have to elevate it, though, because playing on Saturdays will be a lot different.”
After considering other offers including Duke, Louisville, Syracuse and Vanderbilt, Baron committed to Virginia Tech, the school he grew up watching. His uncle, Jim Baron, played on the defensive line for the Hokies in the mid-1990s.
“I love the game of football so much, I’m just happy to get to continue playing,” Baron said.
“My dream is to play in the NFL, so I thought why not go through Virginia Tech to get there.”
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