Linebacker, Class of 2023
Battlefield, Haymarket, VA
Looking back now, there was a period when Battlefield’s (Va.) Caleb Woodson wasn’t sure what sport he wanted to play. He played football and baseball, but he was also an accomplished swimmer. Woodson swam year-round from age six to 13, and even participated in the Junior Olympics.
Woodson made the decision to focus on football, as a linebacker, and blossomed into a three-star prospect with 16 scholarship offers. Last month, Rivals.com’s No. 29 player in Virginia for the 2023 class set a top three of Virginia Tech, Virginia and Wake Forest. He officially visited all three, and on Thursday he gave his commitment to the Hokies.
That choice now makes his decision to focus on football look like a good one.
“I had to drop one,” Woodson said. “I enjoyed [swimming], but I enjoy football and baseball more. That helped me a lot, conditioning wise and being in shape, but it was too much. I don’t second guess too much. Maybe if football didn’t work out, I’d second guess.”
Woodson officially visited Wake Forest June 3, Virginia Tech June 10 and Virginia June 24. It wasn’t until last week, after all three stops that he internally made his choice. Now, there’s no second-guessing it.
“I mean, it was a hard decision with my other top two schools, UVA and Wake Forest,” Woodson said. “But every time I went on a visit to Virginia Tech, I felt different. My position coach, Coach (Shawn) Quinn, and Coach (Brent) Pry, that helped my decision. Also being a Virginia kid and staying in Virginia, that was part of it, too.
“It was how I felt on the visits, the business school, which I’m interested in. Then, Coach Pry being a defensive coach, coming from Penn State, that was big.”
Quinn served as the primary recruiter for the Hokies. He’ll also be Woodson’s position coach, which he said was a factor.
Quinn and defensive coordinator Chris Marve have also helped...
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