After an extra day of deliberation, it appears the Massachusetts football team has landed its coveted three-star running back prospect after all. Lorenzo Woodley, a 6-foot, 210-pound power back, tweeted on Thursday that he would be signing with the Minutemen a day after saying he would “need more time to think.” Woodley had garnered interest from a number of schools throughout the recruiting process, including several BCS programs. Here is Woodley’s Twitter declaration followed by UMass coach Charley Molnar’s characteristically-quirky acknowledgement of the big get:
Molnar said during his afternoon press conference on Wednesday that the team would be holding onto a few scholarships in case another player expressed interest in the program, presumably referring to Woodley, who ran for 1,086 yards and 25 touchdowns on 171 attempts during his final Christopher Columbus High School in Miami, Fla. Here is what ESPN Insider has to say about Woodley, who received a 76 overall recruiting grade:
Woodley could move up our board with a productive senior season as a featured back. This guy has a good blend of size, strength and straight-line speed and the physical tools to project high as a future college load-back. Strong, well-built frame with good thickness. Looks capable of high carries but upright style does raise concern about durability at the next level. One of a one-cut and get North type of back that can hit the cutback and possesses enough quickness to get through tight seams. Not a back with a lot of outside speed but he can stretch with a hard up-field plant. Shows he can jump-cut out of a cloudy hole as well but for the most part takes what is blocked for him. Does lack good burst out of his cuts and acceleration to separate when he gets into the second level. More of a one-speed back that produces with strength and power. Wards off tacklers more than separates cleanly. Consistently runs through first contact and shows good body balance absorbing a hit and bouncing off. Keeps his legs driving to pull through arm-tackles. Second effort guy that can wear on a defense and finish runs falling forward. Retains balance well but does need to avoid getting tripped up when DB’s come in low. Needs to avoid getting upright. Shifty in traffic but lacks open field elusiveness and speed; earns most yards from a grinding, downhill style and feel production may be limited to that type of scheme in college. Overall, Woodley is a promising back with deceptive speed and feet for a power-guy. Needs to continue developing receiving and blocking skills but has every-down tools.
And here is a Woodley highlight video posted to Youtube on Oct. 20, 2012: