4-Star S Jaiden Woodbey Commits To Ohio State Buckeyes

    Four-star prospect Jaiden Woodbey committed to Ohio State on Monday, giving the Buckeyes three commits in their 2018 recruiting class.

    February 7, 2017

    Four-star prospect Jaiden Woodbey committed to Ohio State on Monday, giving the Buckeyes three commits in their 2018 recruiting class. 

    Things are sparking up on the recruiting trail for the 2018 class, and those sparks are lighting a path toward Columbus.

    On Monday night, 4-star prospect Jaiden Woodbey committed to Ohio State over Nebraska, Oklahoma and USC. The Buckeyes now have three total commits in their 2018 class, as the Upland, California native joins 5-star quarterback Emory Jones and 4-star running back Brian Snead.

    Ohio State moved up from No. 19 to No. 10 in the 2018 recruiting class rankings following Woodbey’s decision. He released a statement regarding his pledge.

    “This has truly been an amazing journey. From putting on my football pads as a young 7-year-old boy to now. This entire process has been a real blessing. Beginning Oct. 5 of 2015, when I received my first offer to the present day where I have the chance to shape my future. I’m nowhere near finished in this journey, but I believe this is a big fist step in becoming the man and player I’ve always dreamed of being. First and foremost, I want to thank God for everything he has provided me in my life, including an incredibly supported family (Mom, Dad, and Jibri) and the talents he has blessed me with on and off of the field. I would also like to thank the Ground Zero organization for building me into the athlete that I am today. Another thank you goes to my youth track coaches, Ronald and Tarina Brown, and my youth football coach, Rodney Harris, for being the first people to believe in me, even when nobody else did. This college decision has been extremely hard due to all of the amazing programs that have given me an opportunity to excel as a student-athlete at their elite institutions. Overall, there is one school that shines above the rest in terms of their academics, athletics, and spiritual aspects. For that reason, the school that I will represent on Saturdays and earn my degree from will be the Ohio State University.”

    Woodbey is ranked as the No. 2 safety and No. 35 overall player in the nation. He attends St. John Bosco and is a former teammate of Wyatt Davis, a 5-star offensive guard who signed with the Buckeyes in the 2017 recruiting class.

    At 6-foot-2, 205 lbs Woodbey finds a way, time after time, to get his hands on the football. The ball skills are there. And he puts himself in a position to make a play on the ball by anticipating where the quarterback wants to go with it. He has an overall sense of where to be and how to make a play. His instincts for the position are great.

    Woodbey is solid in run support, too. There are times when he doesn’t take the best angle to the ballcarrier, but he can lay the wood when he does get there.

    He isn’t the fastest player on the field. His 40-yard-dash time was clocked at 4.61 seconds. But with a 39-inch vertical leap, there isn’t a concern about his athleticism.

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