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3-Star Pitt DB Target Cole Woodson Sets Commitment Date



Pitt defensive back target Cole Woodson

Cole Woodson has taken his official visits, and now an official commitment is within sight.

Woodson — a 6-foot-1, 190-pound three-star defensive back from Battlefield in Haymarket, Va. — announced via social media that he will make his college decision on Monday, July 1 at 7 p.m. He doesn’t have an official list of finalists but did take official visits to Duke, Pitt and Virginia Tech.

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Woodson holds offers from UConn, Duke, JMU, Minnesota, Pitt, Syracuse, Temple, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and West Virginia.

Pitt extended Woodson an offer on Jan. 30, and his official visit was the second time he made it out to Pittsburgh. His first was a visit for spring practice in March, getting his first taste of the coaching staff and the culture.

“I enjoyed sitting in on the meetings and practice as well as seeing much of the campus,” Woodson told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “In speaking with coach Narduzzi and coach Sanders, I feel that they are both good men and coaches who know how to develop talent out of high school. I was impressed overall with my visit and knew I had to get back.”

The actual official visit went well, spending time with the coaching staff and his (potential) future teammates, and now the Panthers are firmly in the mix for his commitment.

He was a solid receiving threat for Battlefield last season, hauling in 13 receptions for 127 yards (9.8 yards per reception) and four touchdowns, but he’s another versatile athlete whose future is on the defensive side of the ball. He picked off four passes (returning three for touchdowns) and broke up seven passes.

247Sports rates Woodson as the 56th-ranked safety and 21st-ranked recruit from Virginia. Rivals rates him as the 37th-ranked recruit from Virginia.

Pitt currently has three defensive backs committed in the class of 2025 (four-star cornerback Elijah Dotson, four-star cornerback Mason Alexander and three-star cornerback Shawn Lee), but they’re all corners. There isn’t a safety in the class yet, but that could change.

Pitt holds 18 commitments in the class of 2025:

Three-star Shep Turk (Jefferson Hills, Pa.), three-star Torian Chester (Albany, Ga.), three-star Akram Elnagmi (Loughborough, England), three-star athlete Synkwan Smith (Roswell, Ga.), three-star wide receiver Kha’leal Sterling (Miami, Fla.), three-star wide receiver DaMarion Fowlkes (Olney, Md.), three-star tight end Max Hunt (Tampa, Fla.), three-star wide receiver Tony Kinsler (Port Orange, Fla.), three-star wide receiver Bryce Yates (Chesterfield, Va.), three-star running back Ja’Kyrian Turner (Bushnell, Fla.) and three-star quarterback Mason Heintschel (Oregon, Ohio) offensively.

Three-star linebacker Emmanuel Taylor (Virginia Beach, Va.), four-star cornerback Mason Alexander (Fishers, Ind.), three-star cornerback Shawn Lee (Harrisburg, Pa.), three-star linebacker Justin Thompson (Olney, Md.), three-star defensive end Julian Anderson (Orlando, Fla.), four-star cornerback Elijah Dotson (Detroit, Mich.) and three-star defensive lineman Trevor Sommers (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) defensively.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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