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The Pitt football program’s recruiting in the state of Texas has intensified this cycle as eight offers have already been extended to players in the Class of 2021.
Not only are they targeting players and then offering them, last week they were the first Power 5 program to offer a junior athlete.
2021 linebacker/safety Trevor Woods (6’2″, 195) from Katy Texas got the news from defensive coordinator Randy Bates that his first Power 5 college offer was from the Pitt Panthers.
“It was awesome,” Woods tells Pittsburgh Sports Now. “You always hear about Power 5 schools from the Big 10, Big 12, ACC, SEC programs. Schools from those conference year in and year out produce some of the best players in the NFL. Pitt isn’t a school we hear about a ton here in Texas but I watch a lot of football and I’m very aware of what they do, have been a very successful football program and produce a lot of really good NFL football players.”
“It’s just exciting to be thought of as a player that can play there and to possibly be looked as one of their next great players in the future.”
Bates had been down to Texas a couple of weeks ago to check in on some players, including Woods, but when the offer came he was caught off guard.
“I actually didn’t even know that you could get a scholarship offer over the phone (laughing) but when coach told me I was very excited and I thanked him. I was home alone in my room when I got the call so I couldn’t really tell anyone right away but I texted a few people. It was just so exciting, my mind went blank for a second.”
Woods is someone that projects as either a safety for an outside linebacker and his side-to-sideline speed and break on the ball are a couple things that really instantly stand out about him.
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“Coach believes that I can be a real asset as one of their linebackers,” said Woods. “I have the size and would be able to put on the weight easy. I can run the field and can cover the backs out of the backfield but still am physical enough to play in the box.”
While Bates didn’t specifically talk to him about Pitt trying to recruit his state more aggressively, Woods has noticed the offers on Twitter from fellow Texans and is excited by that. He did acknowledge that it’s a long ways from Katy, Texas to Pittsburgh but knows that as he grows up, moving away from home is a part of being a future Power 5 football player.
“Recruiting Texas more makes sense because we put out a lot of good players every year,” said Woods. “The distance from home could be tough but Pitt is definitely a school I could see myself going to. I’ll be thinking about a lot of different things and it won’t be all about being so far from home because no matter where I go, it’s not like I’m going to be going home all the time. I just have to get used to wherever I choose because it’s all going to be different.”