West Virginia picked up commitments from a few recruits in the past couple weeks. One of those was from Naples (Fla.) Golden Gate wide receiver J.D. Woods. The 6-foot-2, 180-pounder talked with Rivals to give his reaction to the sudden departure of Rich Rodriguez.
"It affects me a lot," he said. "I believed in Coach Rod. Part of the reason I committed to West Virginia was when I went on my official and he told me he's going to be there for awhile. I felt confident him telling me that. It goes to show how much you know a coach.
"As far as me being a Mountaineer, I talked to Coach Kirelawich and he told me he's staying and my scholarship is still there at West Virginia. As of now I'm still a Mountaineer, but I've got to see who the next head coach is and what offense they bring. Then I'll go from there."
Woods discussed what is making him stick by West Virginia.
"I love that they run the spread offense," he said. "The facilities up there are awesome and the coaching staff is awesome. You can't get anything more than that. Academics are important at a school and I can go up there and get a great degree. Their program has a lot of prestige too.
"I also received a call recently from Noel Devine. He called me to tell me Coach Rod was leaving and told me he still wanted me to join him up there at West Virginia. That alone makes me really like them still because the players care."
Plenty of coaches are attempting to recruit the two-star prospect.
"I don't even know how many schools have been in contact," he said. "Pittsburgh, Connecticut, Vanderbilt all called to find out if I'll come up on a visit since I have two left.
"Right now I'm going to wait to see who the head coach will be. I won't make any decisions until I see that."