Sometimes names and commits come out of the blue and that’s what happened today for Pitt.
Verbal commitment #15 came this afternoon as Maryland 3-star athlete A.J. Woods made a pledge to Pat Narduzzi and Pitt.
Woods (5-11, 175) was previously committed to James Madison but after visiting Pitt yesterday and today, he decided to make the switch.
”I’ve been in contact with Pitt since the spring,” said Woods. “Coach Powell my area recruiter invited me to camp on June 3 and after I performed well they ended up offering me in July.”
”At the time they offered, I was already committed to James Madison but I wanted to visit Pitt to see what they had to offer and I didn’t want to de-commit right away before I saw Pitt for myself. I made the visit yesterday and today and was blown away by what I saw. After what I saw, I knew it was the place for me.”
I asked Woods what he saw or heard on the visit that blew him away.
“From the football side of things, I loved the energy I saw from the players and coaches. Academically, the thing that blew me away was Pitt’s Life Skills Program and how they prepare you for life after football, that was just amazing,” said Woods.
Woods told me that he made the commitment this morning to Andre Powell after returning from his tour of campus.
Woods has big-time speed (4.38 40-time) and tells me that he’s being recruited to play cornerback.
“My strengths on the field are my physicality and my ability to press the receiver at the line. I can also cover off receiver and guard a scat back. I have a good vertical so I’m capable of guarding a bigger receiver as well but the strongest part of my game is my press.”
Woods did say that because of his speed, Pitt has talked to him about running some plays on offense as well as returning kickoffs.