UCLA Football Recruiting: LB Jalen Woods Commits to Bruins
The high-end three-star recruit announced his commitment on Mother's Day to honor mom.
UCLA football received another commitment from St. John Bosco on Sunday. This time, it was from three-star linebacker Jalen Woods. He saved his announcement for Mother’s Day to honor his mom.
Woods, the #36 player in the state, was offered a spot on the Bruins’ roster back on September 6, 2020. He received offers from Oregon, University of Miami, and Boston College, among others. Being from the Los Angeles area, Woods considers UCLA his hometown and decided to stay close to home for college.
Judging from his Spring Season Hudl.com highlight reel, Woods is versatile and has the ability to play safety, linebacker or even a hybrid position. At 6’1, 200 pounds, he can cover, run, and hit well.
His former Bosco teammate, Jon Jon Vaughns, is currently on the UCLA roster and both players will be utilized much in the same way. Greg Biggins of 247Sports discusses how Woods would fit into UCLA’s defense:
Scheme fit was another big part here. Woods is among the most versatile defensive players in the state and has the ability to play safety, linebacker or even a hybrid position that essentially combines the two.
Woods explained that fit to Biggins:
The main thing was just the all around fit on and off the field. I had some other good options but UCLA was the best fit for me all around. I see them turning things around and I'm looking forward to being a part of that.
The next step for Woods is to ink his commitment either in December in the Early Signing Period, or next February, during the traditional signing window. He graduates in 2022.
Welcome to Westwood, Jalen!