June 1, 2010
Black Knights target and offer Maryland DE
In 2009, Jon Woodruff out of Waldorf (Md.) Westlake High School played behind and in the shadows of a pretty good defensive last year named Josh Alexander. Alexander will be taking his talents to UConn, who he selected over schools such as Maryland, Temple, NC State and others.
Currently listed at 6-foot-4, 210 pounds, but by just looking at or standing close him, he appears to be closer to 6-foot-5, 225 pounds.
Woodruff has long arms and the type of frame that could see him fill out this year to hit that 220-225 pound mark.
Playing behind Alexander did not result in a ton of highlights on defense, but the few that exist bring to surface Woodruff's raw talent. He poses a tremendous amount of athletic ability, especially for his size and upside to get even better.
Because of his athletic ability, Woodruff started at offensive tackle and he played that position at about 210 pounds against some quality competition. Obviously tackle is not his natural position or even projected position at the next level, but you can tell by watching it that he has some pop, great hips and feet, and a motor that doesn't stop.
As a defensive end he has the "potential" to be one of the better players that Army has recruited on that side of the ball in some time.
And what does Woodruff think about getting Army and receiving his first Division I offer? "I am very excited," Woodruff shared with GBK.com on Friday. "Coach Brock (John) came to my school; I met him and we chatted for awhile. Later in the day Coach Zac (Zacharly) told me that Army offered me and like I said, I am very interested and am not opposed to Army at all.
Despite his size, Woodruff runs the 100M & 200M and just finished his outdoor track season.
So where would Woodruff fit into Rich Ellerson's style of defense? "I'm a pass rusher," says Woodruff, who maintains a 3.4 core GPA and is also hearing the likes of Duke, Maryland, UConn and Temple, along with a few others. "Coach Brock says I could fit into several positions, such linebacker and defensive end."
Woodruff's recruiting will become more interesting as the summer continues to unfold and he begins to participate in various camps.
Presently, he rest on top of Army's top tier list and would be a tremendous pick up for the Black Knights' program.
GoBlackKnights.com will continue to follow Woodruff's recruiting throughout the summer and his senior season.
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