Coach: Woodward a 'gem' for TTU

The big question for new Texas Tech commit Caleb Woodward (Leander, Texas/Leander) involves which position he’ll play in college. Will he play receiver? Cornerback? Quarterback? Running back?

Leave it to Leander head coach Clint Harper, and the answer simply is, “Yes.”

Woodward has been that kind of a player for Leander, lining up and excelling at multiple positions on the field. It was that versatility that made Texas Tech offer, and on Tuesday, the 6-foot-1, 195-pound athlete became the Red Raiders’ 13th commitment of the 2013 recruiting class.

“Just committed to the University of Texas Tech and I've never felt better. #GUNSUP,” Woodward tweeted Tuesday morning.

Harper said Woodward played inside linebacker and running back as a sophomore. He was then moved to outside receiver his junior before taking over quarterback duties because of an injury. Woodward also played cornerback last season.

“Whatever their need is, whatever they need from him as an athlete – and I think they’re recruiting him as that – he’ll do it,” Harper said. “He’s such a tremendous kid as far as intelligence on the field. He learns positions and learns the game so well. That’s the main thing about him.

“He’s got so much athletic ability, but his mind is so sharp, he can learn a position, and it’ll only take day or two for him to get it. That’s why he’s able to play so many positions. I think whatever need Texas Tech has, he can fill it.”

Woodward participated in Texas Tech’s satellite camp at Cypress (Texas) Ridge High School on June 2. In addition to showing off 4.4 speed in the 40-yard dash, Woodward also showed that he was equally talented as a receiver or defensive back.

Recruited by secondary coach John Lovett, Woodward chose the Red Raiders over an offer from Texas State, Harper said.

“I think it came down to the fact that he has family out in Lubbock,” Harper said. “He wanted to play in front of his family. He loved both of the schools, but that’s what we preach around here – family.”

In addition to being an all-around option on the football field, Woodward also was an all-district basketball player and a track and field contributor last season. He’s a guard for the basketball team and a 49-second quarter-miler for the track team.

“Tech really hit on a gem of football players with this kid,” Harper said.