After an extremely productive month of June, when Rutgers football received ten commitments for its class of 2018, the program has now received their first pledge in July. 3-star wide receiver Paul Woods from Buffalo, New York announced his intentions to become a Scarlet Knight shortly after 5 p.m. on Tuesday at a commitment ceremony.
Woods considered a final five list of schools that included Wake Forest, Cincinnati, Rutgers, Temple and Buffalo. He also held offers from Boston College, Army and a slew of FCS schools, per 247 Sports. The recruiting site also mentioned interest from Ohio State, Penn State, Indiana, Pitt, and West Virginia.
The 6’1” big play wideout had 35 receptions for 684 yards and 8 touchdowns during his junior season. He also played cornerback, grabbing 2 interceptions, as well as returning 7 kickoffs and averaging 20.7 yards per return.
Rutgers now has three of the top fourteen recruits in New York state committed within the class of 2018, per 247 Sports. Woods is ranked 12th in his class. The program already had Empire state players Zihir Lacewell, the 4th ranked recruit, and the 14th ranked recruit, Kessawn Abraham, committed to the 2018 class. Woods and Lacewell are the only receivers in the Rutgers class so far, although Zihir could end up playing linebacker for the program.
Woods is the 13th member of the 2018 class for Rutgers football, with 12 commits rated as 3-star prospects. The program is also in the running for five other 3-star national recruits who recently included Rutgers in their final lists of schools that they are considering. Give credit to head coach Chris Ash and the staff for the work they’ve put in and the progress made this summer. If the team can show progress on the field this fall, even better recruiting results should follow.
Welcome to the banks, Paul Woods! Check out his junior season highlights here.