We haven't seen too many players this year, regardless of position, more impressive than Encino (Calif.) Crespi two way standout E.J. Woods. Woods committed back in the summer to UCLA and said he's still solid with the Bruins but he will take his visits.
Woods, 6-0, 195 pounds has had a very good season at both running back and safety for the Celts this year. He has rushed for 614 yards and eight touchdowns including 133 yards and a score in his teams 48-26 upset win over a very good Mater Dei, Santa Ana squad last weekend.
Woods was recruited to play safety and he could very well be the top safety prospect in the West region. He's a big hitter with excellent range and it's his ability to cover as well as play the run that seperates him from other defensive backs.
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As we mentioned, Woods gave UCLA an early commitment but will take his official visits and has already taken one a month ago.
"I visited Washington last month when they hosted Oregon," Woods said. "I had a good time and I think the coaches are coming by for a home visit next week. I'm also going to visit Colorado, Arizona State, UCLA and my last visit will be either USC or Arizona.
"I'm still a solid commitment to UCLA but if Coach Dorrell is let go, then I'm going to open things up. No matter what, I'm going to give UCLA the last shot and if there is a coaching change, I'm going to get to know the new staff before I would ever rule them out.
"Colorado was at my school today and I'm going to set up a visit there after our season is over. Same thing with ASU. USC hasn't offered yet but has been talking to me and told me they liked me so we'll see what happens. If they offer, great, if not, that's fine too. If I don't visit there, I'm going to visit Arizona.
"Right now, my main focus is on our CIF semi-final game this weekend. It's a big one for us and we're all really excited because Servite is a strong team and their coach, Troy Thomas used to coach here at Crespi. I can't wait, our team is playing well and I'm excited to have the opportunity to play for a CIF championship if we can win this one."