Woodard picks Texas

Al'vonte Woodard (Joe Cook/IT)

Al’vonte Woodard (Joe Cook/IT)

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HOUSTON — In a loaded year for wide receivers in Texas, Tom Herman and Drew Mehringer went to Houston and got one of the best.

Lamar’s 4-star wide receiver Al’vonte Woodard committed to Texas today and joins the #RevolUTion for 2018’s class. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound pass-catcher chose Texas over LSU, Ohio State, Ole Miss, and TCU, among others.

Excerpt from the Recruiting Notebook (3/9/17):

How he fits at Texas: Woodard has elite speed, much like apparently every other skill player at Lamar HS right now, and he’s just over 6-foot-2 with good hands to boot. His film features him using fakes to run past defenders or nice quickness to do work on screens and sweeps. He can run under the ball like Willie Mays and feasted on cover 4 defenses as a junior that provide adequate safety help to the overmatched corners charged with staying on top of him. He reminds me of James Washington and would serve in that sort of role at Texas, potentially feasting on single coverage with his speed while playing opposite another deep threat like Brennan Eagles. – IB

Coach says: The lone offensive representative from the Lamar Trio is represented by a big play outside deep threat at receiver in Al’vonte Woodard. At 6-foot-1.5, 193, Woodard ran 4.61 at the regional in Houston, so he isn’t a burner by any means, but he still finds ways to get separation from defensive backs, he tracks the ball well, and when the ball is in the air he has the ability to go up and outmuscle guys for it. From a production standpoint, Woodard only tallied 35 catches this past season, but he averaged over 22 yards per catch and of those 35 catches, 14 went for touchdowns. Woodard seems to be in his comfort zone running the go, post, and post corner on the route tree at this point with a few others mixed in on film, but he obviously has plenty of work to do in that area of his game.

How this affects Texas: The Longhorns want four-five wide receivers in 2018 and Woodard seems to be one of the front-runners. Too often his name gets lost when mentioning guys like Brennan Eagles, Tommy Bush, Joshua Moore, and Jalen Preston, but he’s got the same potential as those but with a little more attitude. If there’s a Lamar 3 to ATX, Woodard will be a welcome addition to Herman’s first full class. – JW

Woodard becomes the 12th member of Texas’ 2018 class joining Rondale Moore (Louisville, KY), BJ Foster (Angleton), Ayodele Adeoye (IMG via Overland, MO), DeMarvion Overshown (Arp), Keaontay Ingram (Carthage), Caden Sterns (Cibolo Steele), Cameron Dicker (Lake Travis), Reese Moore (Seminole), Cameron Rising (Newbury Park, CA), Casey Thompson (Newcastle, OK), and Byron Hobbs (FW Eastern Hills).