Michigan was expected to have a really big week on the recruiting trail this week. Well, it’s only Monday and The Wolverines have already landed two commitments. The coaching staff was able to go deep in the south and sway away a four-star safety in 2017 Florence, AL S J’Marick Woods. Many people expected in-state teams like Alabama and Auburn to keep Woods in the state of Alabama. However, due to the great relationship and family feeling of Michigan, he ended up committing to Michigan early on Monday.
“I committed to Michigan because it was the best place for me,” Woods mentioned about Michigan. “When I visited Michigan it felt like a second home to me. At the end of the day, Michigan was just the best situation for me in terms of academics and furthering my athletic career.”
Woods has been in Ann Arbor more than once, last weekend was not his first visit. However, his visit last weekend to Michigan was about confirming past good feelings than it was about gaining new ones. He wanted to make sure Michigan was the school.
“My latest visit to Michigan was to confirm my thoughts that Michigan was the school I wanted to spend the next three to four years of my life,” Woods said. “By the end of my visit, I knew Michigan was the place for me, it felt like home and by Saturday I knew Michigan was that school for me.”
“My visit to Michigan was truly amazing. I got to tour the campus and talked one-on-one with all the coaches. I got to talk to Coach Partridge, Coach Harbaugh and Coach Smith; we talked about football and life.”
Woods will not be in high school for as long as a normally senior is suppose to. In January, he will be enrolling early at Michigan. His parents and family have talked and they have started to put everything together so he can enroll early.
“Yes, I will be enrolling early. It was more of a family decision, it will give me a chance to get use to the college life and get a head start on the playbook and weight room. Enrolling early will really help me and I can’t wait to get up to Ann Arbor.”
Now that Woods is a Wolverine he will start recruiting prospects to Michigan. His No. 1 priority is to get fellow recruits from the state of Alabama to join him in Ann Arbor. Including his good friend and top Michigan target 2017 four-star receiver Nico Collins.
“Nico and I are really good friends and we talk a lot. He was one of the first to congratulate me about my commitment to The Wolverines. I have already started to recruit him, and I am going to recruit him the hardest out of anybody.”
In the 2017 class, one of Michigan’s top targets is the safety position. During his visit to Michigan, he was with another Michigan safety target in Jaylen Kelly-Powell. Woods would like to get Kelly-Powell to Michigan. However, he would also like to get 2017 in-state four-star S AJ Harris to Michigan.
“I would love to play with those guys, they are amazing players, you always want to play with those type of guys. I haven’t started recruiting them yet, but I will be recruiting them in the near future. It’s all about getting the best players to Michigan.”
Woods will be up at Michigan again in the next few days for the spring game on April 1st. During his time in Ann Arbor, he plans on doing a little recruiting.
– Shane Kinnee (Senior Editor)