Sooner Snapshot: WR Derrick Woods

Derrick Woods

Derrick Woods

As National Signing Day approaches on Feb. 1, Brandon Chatmon is breaking down every commitment and signee in the Sooners' 2012 recruiting class. View all of our profiles here.

Name: Derrick Woods

Position: Receiver

Height, Weight: 5-foot-11, 185 pounds

Hometown/School: Inglewood, Calif./Inglewood

Committed: Dec. 6, 2011

Scout grade: 80. Four-star prospect.

Scout rankings: No. 137 in the ESPNU150, No. 19 receiver, No. 21 in the West region, No. 15 in California

Accolades: Army All-American

Picked OU over: USC, UCLA, Alabama, Washington, Stanford, Oregon, Florida, Cal, Michigan and others

State of the position: The Sooners have returning receivers in Kenny Stills and Trey Franks along with an up-and-comer in Kameel Jackson, but OU continues to search for depth and players at receiver.

Pros: “He has a nice combination of size and athleticism. Plays quicker than you would think and has sneaky top-end speed. Displays soft hands and can consistently catch balls over his head. Is a threat after the catch and shows some wiggle and change-of-direction after the catch.” - ESPN analyst

Cons: “He is still developing as a route runner at the intermediate levels in terms of setting up defenders and creating burst out of the cut, but he has tools in this area to work with.” - ESPN analyst

Similar to/potential role: Trey Franks. Could fit the role of a slot receiver and returner for the Sooners but he also would have the ability to play outside. His decisiveness as a ball carrier is a asset, so putting him in the slot and getting him the ball in space could lead to big plays.

Expected impact: 2013. Woods has the talent to make an immediate impact on special teams but would likely make a bigger impact on the Sooners after a redshirt season allowing him to get comfortable in the offense and improve his route running and technique. After a redshirt year he should be able to earn a spot in the receiver rotation.