McDonogh safety Josh Woods announces commitment to Maryland

McDonogh's Josh Woods, a wide receiver and defensive back, announced Monday morning on Twitter that he has committed to play for Maryland.

Eagles coach Dom Damico said Woods was recruited as a defensive back, but that he could play either position at the next level. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound senior had 35 catches for 800 yards and 10 touchdowns and also had four interceptions this fall for the No. 1 Eagles.

“Right now, I think they have him targeted as playing defensive back,” Damico said, “but with the body type that he has -- he’s 6-2 and he’s lanky and he’s long – I think he can probably play on either side of the ball at that level."

Woods had drawn attention from the Terps, Boston College, Delaware and Villanova, but his stock rose with his performance late in the season on an Eagles defense that allowed just 7.7 points per game and 10 touchdowns this fall. Finishing 11-0, the Eagles polished off the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference with a 34-6 win over Gilman to clinch the championship.

“He’s developed, especially in the last part of his senior season, into an explosive athlete with rare ability to play the ball and catch the ball," Damico said. "His ball skills are really off the charts. With those skills you can play either receiver or defensive back.

“Josh really started to get noticed the middle part of his senior season and the last three games, he just played really, really well and his senior highlight tape is pretty special. I think once Maryland saw his last four of five games as a senior, I they saw his ability.”

Woods, who visited Maryland last week, also got an offer from Virginia, Damico said, but he elected to join teammate Jared Cohen in College Park. Cohen, a 6-4, 290-pound offensive lineman, committed to the Terps in February.

The Terps also have former Eagle Roman Braglio, a defensive lineman.

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