As National Signing Day approaches on Feb. 1, Brandon Chatmon is breaking down every commitment and signee in the Sooners' 2012 recruiting class. View all of our profiles here.
Name: Derrick Woods
Height, Weight: 5-foot-11, 185 pounds
Hometown/School: Inglewood, Calif./Inglewood
Committed: Dec. 6, 2011
Scout grade: 80. Four-star prospect.
Scout rankings: No. 137 in the ESPNU150, No. 19 receiver, No. 21 in the West region, No. 15 in California
Accolades: Army All-American
Picked OU over: USC, UCLA, Alabama, Washington, Stanford, Oregon, Florida, Cal, Michigan and others
Pros: “He has a nice combination of size and athleticism. Plays quicker than you would think and has sneaky top-end speed. Displays soft hands and can consistently catch balls over his head. Is a threat after the catch and shows some wiggle and change-of-direction after the catch.” - ESPN analyst
Cons: “He is still developing as a route runner at the intermediate levels in terms of setting up defenders and creating burst out of the cut, but he has tools in this area to work with.” - ESPN analyst
Similar to/potential role: Trey Franks. Could fit the role of a slot receiver and returner for the Sooners but he also would have the ability to play outside. His decisiveness as a ball carrier is a asset, so putting him in the slot and getting him the ball in space could lead to big plays.
Expected impact: 2013. Woods has the talent to make an immediate impact on special teams but would likely make a bigger impact on the Sooners after a redshirt season allowing him to get comfortable in the offense and improve his route running and technique. After a redshirt year he should be able to earn a spot in the receiver rotation.