Official visits for high school recruits aren’t allowed at this time because of the coronavirus pandemic, but Trevor Woods felt he needed to see Colorado’s campus before making a decision on where he’d play college football.
An athletic safety from Taylor High School in Katy, Texas, Woods visited CU earlier this month and said, “It was great and I really just fell in love with it.”
On Tuesday, Woods officially announced that he has given his verbal commitment to play for the Buffaloes. He’s the 10th player to pledge to CU for the 2021 class.
“It’s a blessing to be recruited and all of that, but it’s awesome to have it all kind of done, especially before the season starts,” said Woods, who is 6-foot-1, 190 pounds.
Rated a 3-star prospect, Woods has 21 scholarship offers, according to 247Sports.com, including from Arizona and Pittsburgh. Woods has six offers from Ivy League schools, as well as all three service academies (Air Force, Army and Navy).
Woods said seeing the CU campus was “huge” in his decision process.
“I already knew it was obviously beautiful there,” he said. “I have family in the area, so I’ve been to Colorado before, but I had never actually been on the campus. Just walking around the campus, the red brick buildings and stuff like that, it was pretty cool. It’s a great campus and that was kind of just what set it off for me.”
Woods and his parents also had a virtual visit with CU head coach Karl Dorrell and assistants. In the virtual visit, Woods was able to see the football facilities and talk with Dorrell and other coaches. Woods said the visit was “awesome.”
“My mom was left speechless after that one,” he said. “I had called (Dorrell) before, but my parents hadn’t talked to him. They were blown away and my mom was literally left speechless.”
Woods is traveling down a path paved by others in his family. His father, Ryan, lettered three times as a linebacker at Rice from 1994-96. His grandfather played football at a small school in Iowa and his uncle played at Texas State.
“My whole family’s kind of been around football, even ones that don’t play,” he said. “It’s just huge in our family. All sports honestly. I’ve always played every sport and so has the rest of my family. Football has always been the thing that I’ve loved the most.”
On the baseball field this spring, Woods hit .514 (18-for-35) with six doubles and 16 RBI in 12 games before the season was canceled because of the coronavirus.
It’s on the gridiron where he really shines, however. Last year, Woods helped Taylor reach the semifinals of the Class 6A Division 2 playoffs and finish 9-6.
Woods was the Mustangs’ top player on defense, finishing with 142 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, eight sacks, five forced fumbles and four interceptions. He returned all four of his interceptions for touchdowns.
He also caught four passes as a receiver. In fact, on the first ball thrown to him, he leaped over two defenders to haul it in and the play was featured on ESPN’s “You Got Mossed” segment, led by Hall of Famer Randy Moss.
“I try to be a guy who can do a little bit of everything,” he said. “The stat line I guess shows it.”
He’s been recruited as a safety and linebacker, but said he believes he could have played quarterback (a position he played until his freshman year) or receiver.
“I always thought I was going to be a receiver,” he said. “With my knowledge of football I kind of understand all schemes and what everybody on the field is supposed to be doing at the same time. So I feel like I can transition into positions pretty easily.”
Hitting used to be his favorite part of football, but as he became more involved with film study, he said, “That’s kind of something I’ve fallen in love with, schemes and doing all of that stuff – the mental side of the game.”
CU is projecting Woods to play safety, but he admits he’s happy to play any position.
“I just want to play and I just want to make an impact,” he said. “I’m cool with playing wherever.”